Liverpool’s bucket Fountain – Photo credit English Heritage
The BBC has the story on its website – see link below:-
Quote from BBC article – ‘A moving water sculpture, a Victorian chemist shop and a World War Two observation post were among hundreds of historic places protected in 2019. Here’s a look at some of the most eye-catching.
There were 553 new protected historic buildings and sites on the National Heritage List for England in 2019, including a vertical spinning tunnel, a lido and a Turkish bath.’
I’ve blogged about it previously – here’s a link to my most recent previous posting:-
With thanks to Keith Page for the lead to this posting
This 40 page illustrated booklet was printed by Tinlings of Liverpool a well known printing company of the day.
I was lucky recently to pick up a copy of ‘The First Sixty Years’ booklet which describes itself as ‘A pictorial record of the Liverpool Corporation Passenger Transport undertaking issued on the occasion of the last tramcar running in Liverpool on the 14th September 1957’
It’s a fascinating read and is well illustrated with photos of the trams, buses and indeed the people who worked for the Corporation’s Passenger Transport Department up until that date. Now, of course, passenger transportation in Liverpool is a Merseyside County-wide/City Region operation run by Merseytravel.
Liverpool’s last tram as depicted on a postcard *
I was interested to see the illustration below from the booklet of a tramcar that ran from Aintree to Aigburth until the 1930’s:-
What’s really good news is that two former Liverpool Corporation trams are alive and very well. One is easily accessed at Wirral Transport Museum in Birkenhead (it’s known as a ‘Baby Grand’) and the other (Liverpool Streamline Tram 869) is at the National Tramway Museum in Crich, Derbyshire. Both are in working order having been fully restored and the one at Wirral Transport Museum (Taylor Street Birkenhead) is regularly out on the track to and from Woodside Ferry Terminal on Museum open days.
‘Baby Grand’ Tramcar 245 at Woodside Ferry Terminal.
Liverpool Tram 869 at Crich Tramway Village, Derbyshire.
* The tramcar was bought by the Seashore Trolley Museum of Kennebunkport, Maine, U.S. and shipped via Boston, Massachusetts in 1958. As of 2017, it was at the back of a shed at the Museum, and in poor condition. – source Wikipedia
The Liverpool Echo has the article on its website – see link below:-
This fascinating story of the last days of the Meccano Factory is a significant part of the recent history of Liverpool.
The Frank Hornby Trust was set up a few years ago to celebrate the life, work and products of world famous toy maker Frank Hornby. He lived for most of his adult life in Maghull on Merseyside in two houses – The Hollies on Station Road and Quarry Brook which is now the 6th Form building of Maricourt High School. The first English Heritage Blue Plaque erected outside of London was placed on The Hollies at the request of Maghull Town Council, who then put a plaque of their own on Quarry Brook.
Michael Portillo with Frank Hornby Trust Chairman Les French as seen on TV.
The Frank Hornby Experience is Maghull’s very own museum showing many Meccano factory products. It’s located within Meadows Leisure Centre on Hall Lane in Maghull and is accessible, free of charge, whenever Maghull Library is open. The Frank Hornby Experience is curated by trustees of the Frank Hornby Trust.
So whilst the loss of the Meccano factory was keenly felt back some 40 years ago the Frank Hornby Trust has done what it can to ensure that Maghull’s most famous resident and his products (and the products of his successor companies) are on display for present and indeed future generations to admire.
Liverpool Lime Street Station today
The link below is to an incredibly detailed scale model of Liverpool’s Lime Street in the 1940s. It depicts scenes and buildings of the time and is owned and created by John Holden. This particular video of it was on from a display at Glasgow Model Rail Exhibition 2017
The model is the product of many years work by John Holden
The ‘3 Graces’ on Liverpool waterfront taken from the new Museum of Liverpool
This video (see link above) on YouTube is well worth watching as it shows how well the City is appreciated by others.
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