It’s Liverpool, in 1820

Last time we were here it was 1775, now, just 45 years later, Liverpool has changed dramatically. The population is now 118,000 and growing rapidly. By the middle of the century it will be 376,000 and the town will be calling itself a city. William Roscoe, the young poet just making his way in 1775 …

A memory of snow, 1963

A memory written down in 2013, but of a winter time fifty years earlier. In 1963 my birthday fell on a Sunday, just like this year. Sunday 20th January. And this year it has snowed too. But not like that year. As the Liverpool Echo recalls: "Many think back to January 1963, said to have …

Into the winter gardens

Amidst the shock and outrage at the fact that it has snowed, in January, in Northern Europe, it's all too easy to miss its beauty. The way it makes everywhere look different. And makes us see everyday objects differently. Especially in the gardens and parks in the few miles round where we live. This piece …

It’s Liverpool, in 1775

A while ago we had a look at Liverpool not long before I was born, and 1953 looked like a strange and long ago place. Today we're going well back before any of us were born, to an apparently idyllic Liverpool of 1775. Where we now have the Cathedral and Upper Duke Street, the harvest …

A Liverpool gem, Princes Road Synagogue

Liverpool is packed with architectural interest. But one particular gem I'd never been to until relatively recently is one of our finest. The Princes Road Synagogue in Liverpool 8. You last saw pictures of it in the fog last week. Today, we're going inside this magnificent gothic basilica. It was designed by Edinburgh architect brothers, …

The erosion at Thurstaston

The cliffs at Thurstaston are a thing of great beauty. Made of eroding boulder clay, they are a designated┬áSite of Special Scientific Interest and cannot be protected from erosion - it is the erosion that is important to their status. But the erosion is now proceeding faster than we've ever seen because of the extremely …