It’s Liverpool, in 1953

I've mentioned my collection of Liverpool books before, and I thought today we'd take a close look at one in particular. And the one I want to look at is the 'Liverpool Official Handbook For Visitors' From 1953 - 1954. Produced not long before I was born, most of this looks like a guide book …

The Street Market

By any standards this was a good one. For three years now the people of Granby, in Liverpool 8, have been running their street markets, from April to September each year. Of the people, by the people, for the people. They fill up Cairns Street, one of the four remaining original streets of Granby with …

The Secret Cathedral

Earlier this year, when I showed you Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, I said we'd be back to take a look at its Roman Catholic counterpart, down the other end of Hope Street. Yesterday, on a sopping wet day of constant rain this happened. It also happened to be Sarah's birthday. But before we get to the …

Edgelands

A lot of the Friday Walks Sarah and I regularly take are rural, and some are determinedly urban. But some are not quite either. Sometimes we walk in the Edgelands. And these are the places this nicely contrarian book, by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts, is about. These two poets, one from Manchester, one …

The Silence of the Streets

Update - This post is from September 2012. Today, in July 2013, Liverpool City Council decided to demolish the 440 homes in the Welsh Streets. Silenced. Oh no they're not. As of now April 2017, they're not demolished and work has begun. I've been reading, and it's got me thinking. I don't know why it …

2012: Friday Walks, Everton and Liverpool

Normally on Fridays, the day we walk rather than work, we set off for coastal places. But this week, being a momentous week in the history of Liverpool, we decided to walk closer to home. In the hills of Everton, and down the valley to Anfield. I used to work up here as part of …