Red Brick Vintage: A Treasure House of Possibilities

DSC03569Not many words in this one. Just a load of pictures of somewhere wonderful. Somewhere that’s been here in Liverpool for ages, but is now being put to several new uses, with more to come.

Down the hill at Upper Parly.

Down the hill at Upper Parly.

Past the shed Cain's built in its late years as a brewery.

Past the shed Cain’s built in its late years as a brewery.

In front of the classic Higson's Brewery behind it.

In front of the classic Higson’s Brewery behind it.

Turning left opposite the Camp and Furnace.

Turning left opposite the Camp and Furnace.

This is where we're going.

This is where we’re going.

Into the great red brick brewery building.

Into the great red brick brewery building.

An icy welcome from reception.

An icy welcome from reception.

And here we are. I'm with my friend Jayne.

And here we are. I’m with my friend Jayne.

Into the beautiful courtyard.

Into the beautiful courtyard.

We're already discussing possibilities

We’re already discussing possibilities.

But as we’ve been walking and talking, we first need a sit and a drink.

And fortunately a new café has just opened here.

And fortunately a new café has just opened here.

Called Ryde.

Called Ryde.

It's bike friendly, you see.

It’s bike friendly, you see.

We have some cake too. Highly recommended.

We have some cake too. Highly recommended.

DSC03534Then it’s time for Red Brick Vintage. Jayne’s visited before, when it hadn’t long been open. But this is my first look.DSC03535 DSC03539 DSC03540 DSC03543Sixteen weeks it’s been open now, we find, as we get talking to two of the three people who are running the place.

Tom and Jan.

Tom and Jan.

Debs is the third person. Jayne’s met her, but not today.

Tom talks about what they're trying to do here.

Tom talks about what they’re trying to do here.

“We’ve run stalls on markets but getting hold of here is a great opportunity to work in a big space and see what else we can do with it. We’ve got other traders sharing in here with us, some from up in Bold Street. And we also want to evolve the space and see what works. Some events are already running and we’re up for getting to know what’s happening and, particularly, becoming even more of a part in how ground level Liverpool organisations are trading and sharing ideas for the benefit of all of us around Liverpool.”

Music, of course, to my ears.

Time for a good nose round.

Time for a good nose round.

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Tom walks us through the new spaces they're opening up.

Tom walks us through the new spaces they’re opening up.

It's already much bigger than the last time Jayne was here.

It’s already much bigger than the last time Jayne was here.

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Over the summer the Biennial will be in the more modern warehouse across the alley here.

Over the summer the Biennial will be in the more modern warehouse across the alley here.

Helping to attract even more custom into this treasure trove.

Helping to attract even more custom into this treasure trove.

While they’re showing us round Tom and Jan are continually being called away to help the steady flow of Sunday afternoon customers.DSC03565 DSC03566

Essential diving gear.

Essential diving gear.

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Back Percy Street! Wood Street's also in here if you fancy it.

Back Percy Street! Wood Street’s also in here if you fancy it.

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Just as we're thinking of leaving the heavens open. So we're more than happy to wait and talk some more.

Just as we’re thinking of leaving the heavens open. So we’re more than happy to wait and talk some more.

We talk music.

We talk music.

And the stage they've just installed.

And the stage they’ve just installed.

And I talk to Tom about Shack.

And I talk to Tom about Shack.

Tom it turns out is Tom Butcher, and his dad Dave was in Shack (one of the very greatest ever Liverpool bands), along with Mick and John Head. I’m pleased to know this and also to hear that Mick is well and healthy after a serious case of rock’n’roll lifestyle blues.

It also turns out Tom grew up partly by Granby, on Princes Avenue. And Jan lived in Granby, in Cairns Street. As if I needed to feel any more at home here!

While we talk Kraftwerk listen to us in silence.

While we talk Kraftwerk listen to us in silence.

So I profoundly recommend that you come here for a nose around.

So I profoundly recommend that you come here for a nose around.

Sometime soon?

Sometime soon?

And join in with imagining...

And join in with imagining…

What else...

What else…

Might work in some still waiting spaces...

Might work in some still waiting spaces…

In this wondrous place?

In this wondrous place?

So we had a sit and a drink.

So we had a sit and a drink.

A different kind of drink!

A different kind of drink!

Then we left. But will definitely be back.

Then we left. But will definitely be back.

As well as Ryde, other businesses in here include good friend artist and baker Jessica Doyle and her Wild Loaf, plus Si’s Barbershop.

 

8 thoughts on “Red Brick Vintage: A Treasure House of Possibilities

  1. Ellie

    This place looks fantastic! Going on my ‘Must Visit’ list. Also, I can’t get over how much the scenes taken outside of the exterior areas of the building remind me powerfully of a restored and re-opened Victorian pottery I visited in 2012 in Stoke-on-Trent.

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    1. Ronnie Hughes Post author

      It’s a real gem Lindsay and run by lovely people. My friend Jennifer organised some events there last week and I talked at one of them. There are also plans hatching for something big and collaborative there in September!

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