A further seasonal instalment in our ‘Walking with Greg’ series.
A day off working, to walk around with a friend in the Springtime sunshine. Well, it was sunny some of the time.
Sarah won’t be coming out with us as she’s running a Ceremony for someone later today.
So we’re soon off along Penny Lane to show Greg Greenbank House.
And a later William Rathbone would discuss her ideas about nursing with Florence Nightingale. And then Eleanor Rathbone, the great suffragette, would grow up dreaming of practical ways to change the world. And then did.
One of Liverpool’s most precious, unused and almost secret places. Greg lived nearby for several years and had never thought that within the grounds of these student halls such a treasure could be hidden.
Greg’s first time in here. Quiet today, well-cared for without being manicured. (The park I mean.)
And round the corner into the Welsh Streets.
If you’re a previous visitor to this blog you’ll have been here many times before, and been outraged before at this senseless waste of empty homes. Greg is seeing these streets empty for the first time. Last time he was here they were fully occupied and the social enterprise he was running were delivering recycled fridges and cookers to the residents.
At the moment there are plans to replace these 400, mostly emptied houses, with 150 new ones. But there is strong, well-organised, local opposition. And the arguments are not over yet even though the City council are currently lining up demolition contractors.
Today there’s a lovely song on the door, which I sing in the street for Greg. Written 50 years ago this month by Sam Cooke:
So I repeat the mantra – ‘People’s desire to live in houses like this, in streets like this, is not over.’ And hope that the by no means thoughtless people on the side of demolition may, even at this stage, open their minds to the possibility of something more creative than devastation.
We walk on.
We’ve been working here lately, so I’m keen to show Greg around.
To the Dockers’ Steps. Again, you may have read about these before, or you can now. But I love showing these Liverpool treasures to a friend who’s heard of them, but never walked down them before.
And walk upstream above the Cast Iron Shore to the site of the 1984 Garden Festival, where the Festival Gardens are open today (not always the case over recent months.)
Go here to find out more about The Florrie, or ring 0151 728 2323 to go in and see about running your corporate event or wedding in one of Liverpool’s loveliest venues.
And go here to find out more about the Welsh Streets.