Best Granby 4 Streets Market ever? People in the know seem to think so. And they ought to know.
Anyway, let’s go back to the beginning and get off the bus.
This one deeply matters. It’s the end of an era and the start of a new one, so everyone wants it to be good. Everywhere’s on site or about to be. And that will change things. In a good way, but change nonetheless.
There have been Christmas Street Markets in Granby for the last few years as we’ve all been working on pulling a future together for these last four original streets. But this year’s will be particularly special. And you’re invited.This year the houses are on site and the future is quite literally arriving – brick by brick. Which is the wonderful thing everyone’s been working on for so long. Soon new people will be moving in to make their new homes in the long empty houses and the Four Streets will come fully alive again. As we’ve long dreamed of and long wanted. Welcome all and welcome in.
But of course it also means this will be the last time the relatively few people actually living in the Four Streets have the whole of the place to play with. By next April when the Street Markets resume they will be happening in a very different place.
As Granby 4 Streets, the last four original streets still left with their original houses, woke up this morning nothing was true or happening that wasn’t true yesterday. Builders from Plus Dane and Liverpool Mutual Homes were arriving to begin their day’s work. To be joined any day now by the builders from the Granby 4 Streets Community Land Trust. All of this long campaigned, thought through and waited for.
But today all somehow more true and somehow more celebratory. Because today we’re in The Guardian. Even me.
“What’s happening in Granby is an important prototype for northern councils, who’ve been so badly hit by the cuts,” says Ronnie Hughes. “Two years ago, the whole area was nearly signed over to a private developer, but now the people who live here have finally got a formal stake in the place. It’s an extraordinary achievement – and now it’s extraordinary forever.”
Ever since yesterday evening when the journalist involved, Oliver Wainwright, let us know that his long planned article would be published today and was already in the online edition, our phones and computers have been ringing and buzzing with messages of delighted congratulations. It’s like the 4 Streets Birthday. The 4 Streets birth day. Continue reading “Granby 4 Streets: Extraordinary Forever”
Eventually answering some of the market trader’s and residents complaints below, on 31st January 2015 Liverpool City council announced plans to expand the new Greatie site to create extra parking and space for more traders. Today Liverpool’s oldest and largest street market moved into its new home. So I decided to go on a circular walk which would include a housewarming visit to the new Greatie.
I love it round here. Maybe because it’s the place where I feel I really first came alive, where I had my first proper job in the Benledi Street Housing office. Singing my way happily up the hill some days on my way to our sub-office in Netherfield Heights.
It’s all changed since then. Both housing offices are long gone, as is Netherfield Heights and most of the other tower blocks I used to thread my way between in those early 1970s days. Much of the hill is now parkland and Scotland Road is now more or less the motorway that leads to both Mersey Tunnels. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the warmth and the welcome from the people of the place. As we’re about to find out.
Saturday just gone was such a beautiful day that it was easy to take good photographs, especially on such an interesting bus route as the 27. In fact I took nearly 200 photos during a long sunny day. Too many to use in the one blog post. So here are some more. Liverpool street scenes from in and around the 27 bus.
Following up recent cowhouse finds with this livery stable. Links to a past when large animals shared the city with us. And reflecting on the use of the word ‘livery’ to mean a horse stable but also as elements of heraldry. When owning a horse marked you out as the local warlord or nobility.
Updated: With pictures from the April Street Market.
Having visited 2 of Liverpool’s street markets a week or so back I’m glad to let you know that the Granby 4 Streets Market is back on the first Saturday of every month, from now to September. 10:30 ’til 3:00 in Cairns Street, Liverpool 8.
If you’ve been around this blog for any amount of time then you’ll know I have a lot of time for the people who live in the four remaining original streets of Granby, here in Liverpool. Streets where the majority of houses are empty and have been for years.
Naturally the people have been working and campaigning for years to get this sorted and ‘being sorted’ could, I understand, become true some day soon now. But while waiting for this joyous day to finally arrive, the people of Granby 4 Streets have taken their place into their own hands in two significant ways. For several years now they’ve been guerrilla gardening, planting up their streets. And they’ve been running street markets. This Saturday the Street Markets resume for this spring and summer, and I think your life would be brighter and more fulfilled if you were to come to it.
Planting up the streets began as a deliberate way of making the place look special and cared for and a pleasure to live in, when all of the tinned up properties might suggest that none of those things were true. Continue reading “In Granby on Saturday”
Saturday dawns. I put on my wet weather gear, get my camera and leave the house. I know where I’m going first, but after that, who knows? I’m living for the city, rejoicing in my place. And, as ever, I’m about to walk through its history and think about its future. Let’s go.
Five years ago now Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture, oh yes it was. And that year one of our proudest and most loved cultural items was the Superlambanana, a surrealistic cross between, well it’s obvious. But where has this beloved beast ended up? Read on to find out.