Given it’s one of Liverpool’s most celebrated streets and the principal ‘gateway’ to the city, Lime Street can often seem an unloved and little celebrated place. So let’s love it and celebrate it.
This version of the grand old hotel is celebrating being 100 years old this year. The place fascinates and repels me in equal measure. It has corridors wider than whole rooms in Liverpool’s more modern hotels and standards of service so legendary they’ve been the subject of almost celebratory TV shows. Liverpool somehow wouldn’t be quite Liverpool without it.
Haven’t been in there for a few years but at least it’s still going. Unlike The Futurist.
Followed by more dereliction then, in Lime Street’s way, something rather grand.
Then ‘The Street’ as no one calls it, opens out. (Yes it does have another side up to this point, but it’s so characterless there’s no point me showing it to you.)
Exquisitely beautiful now the crappy little row of 60s shop units have been cleared away from its frontage.
But the crap’s not over yet.
When they obviously haven’t. That’s St George’s Hall looking on contemptuously there. We’ll be back to that in a minute.
My own opinion is that the inside of the building has never quite found a role for itself in the life of the city. It’s been many things and my own fondest memory is of a young Roxy Music nervously putting on their stage make-up in the corridor outside the small concert room, one evening in 1972. Next time we saw them a few months later they were playing the Empire, opposite. Big time now.
But as a public gathering place the outside of St George’s Hall can’t be bettered. We’ve all come here often. But most memorably for me, on 12th September 2012.
And at the far end of Lime Street?
As you’ll notice, being constantly and carefully cared for by the birds of Lime Street. The current incumbent up there about to leave the top of Wellington’s head, giving way to the new arrival from the right.
Then, technically not Lime Street, but this is all Lime Street to me, my destination for today and so many other days.