A post from November 2013 in Homebaked’s early trading days, looking back at the years of doubt and destruction in Anfield and the gradual recovery Homebaked has been such a significant part of. Contains some film, at the end, of how Anfield was in 2005, including now long gone streets, seen from the top of Liverpool FC’s ground.
In 2005 we were working with the people of Anfield and our friends from Urbed on possible futures for Anfield. Some of this involved us filming and photographing everywhere as it was then.
In looking for this Homebaked photograph a couple of weeks ago, I found lots of others from back in 2005. And I thought people might like to see some of them.
During this time Liverpool FC had definitely decided to leave their existing ground and build a new one as part of a regenerated Stanley Park. The team are doing well under their new Spanish manager, Rafa Benitez. And though we hardly dare dream it up on the roof there, they are about to win the European Cup, for the fifth time.
In the years that follow, new owners, prevarication about the ground move and further blighting of the neighbourhood will follow. But this is how it all looks in April 2005.
We walk around the neighbourhood with groups of residents. Starting in St Domingo Vale. In some streets that have gone or radically changed now. Photographing and filming as we go.
And a future resisted and unwanted by any starts to arrive.
Brick by brick, loaf by loaf, Anfield is rising up now.
And here, to finish, a couple of minutes of film from 2005. How Anfield was then, and the indomitable spirit of the place, expressed through resident Margaret Fath of Rockfield Road.