Liverpool born architect Alfred Waterhouse designed the Tower after the original one was destroyed.
I’ve blogged about this magnificent building previously but having come across some quite excellent drone footage of it on You Tube I just had to share it:-
Quote from You Tube commentary – ‘This Gothic Revival architecture was designed by William Henry Crossland in 1864 and is widely regarded as one of the finest municipal buildings in the UK.’
What’s more the footage is set to one of my all time favourite tunes – Going Home by Mark Knopfler from the sound track for the film Local Hero.
And it you want to read more of my ramblings about this building here’s a link back to my previous posting:-
The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-
I’ve previously blogged about the architect of the North Western Hotel, Liverpool’s very own Alfred Waterhouse, back in March 2019 – Here’s a link back to that posting:-
Let’s hope that the present refurbishment is finished and that this iconic listed Liverpool building has many more years in front of it.
Great Altcar Civil Parish in West Lancashire remains a predominately rural community to this day. It lost its very rural passenger service along the Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway in 1952, well before Beeching came along.
The trackbed is now a part of the National Cycle Network, the Trans Pennine Trail and is known as the Cheshire Line Path.
The two light and shade shots in this posting were taken just to the north of the site of the former Altcar & Hillhouse Station. Both are looking south and from the same location – the next bridge north of the B5195 Wood Lane.
If you click on the photos to enlarge them you will see more detail. The first one shows the next bridge south (Wood Lane) and the former station would have been just the other side of it where a sewerage works now stands at the side of the Cheshire Lines path.
I love the stone and brickwork in these shots, built to last you might say. The line opened in September 1884, so these bridges are over 130 years old and still looking pretty much as good as the day they were erected.
The first shot is also amongst my Flickr photos at – www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/
Sadly one of Liverpool’s most significant historical buildings (listed in 1966) is presently not doing so well. If you use Facebook the link below from the Victorian Society may be of interest as it details the present state of affairs:-
I’ve blogged about Waterhouse and his Liverpool connections previously and here’s a link back to that posting:-
My thanks to Jen Robertson for the lead to this posting
North Western Hotel – Liverpool
I stumbled across Waterhouse almost by chance having photographed a couple of the buildings he had a hand in – Rochdale Town Hall and Nottingham’s Prudential building – little did I realise that this prolific and famed architect was a son of Aigburth, Liverpool. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about him:-
And here are my shots of Rochdale Town Hall and Nottingham’s Prudential Building (warning the Nottingham shot includes the statue of a very unpopular man in Liverpool!) :-
Waterhouse designed the Tower after the original one was destroyed.
Prudential Building Nottingham designed by Waterhouse
The lead photo is, of course, Liverpool’s own North Western Hotel (now student accommodation) on Lime Street which Waterhouse designed – a quite magnificent building. And there are other buildings of his in Liverpool – The Royal Infirmary, Turner Memorial Home, Part of Newsham Park Hospital, The Prudential Assurance Building and The Victoria Building of Liverpool University.
Although he moved away from Liverpool at an early age I wonder why the City does not celebrate this most successful of architects who is probably best known as the designer in chief of the quite wonderful Natural History Museum in London. Indeed, I have only found one available book about his famous man and that’s with regard to his influences and work in the building the London Museum. Here’s a photo of the book:-
And one final thought. Is there a family connection between Alfred Waterhouse and the former Sykes Waterhouse Estate Agency based in Liverpool?
The lead photo is amongst my Flicker shots at:-