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    Default Hockenhall Alley, off Dale Street [Fisherman's Cottage]

    Dec 22 2008 by Catherine Jones, Liverpool Echo

    Rare city house saved

    A RARE surviving city centre home from 200 years ago has been given listed building protection.

    The ?modest? three-storey building in Hockenhall Alley, off Dale Street, is one of three new sites to be given Grade II listed status by the Government.

    Heritage chiefs described it as a ?rare and important survival of an exceptionally modest working class dwelling that illustrates the inner city living conditions of some of the poorest members of late 18th and early 19th century society?.

    Hockenhall Alley was originally called Molyneaux Weint and number 10 is believed to be the only surviving part of a short row of 18th century houses at the south east end.

    It was once used as a chemist shop but has been empty for many years.

    The Dickensian building, which only has one small room on each floor, still has original features including a narrow timber winding staircase, a plank and batten door and lath and plaster ceilings.

    Two brick-built warehouses, at 13 and 15 North Street, off Dale Street and close to the Birkenhead tunnel entrance, have also been Grade II listed.

    They were both described as ?a good example of a relatively small warehouse built at a time of Liverpool?s ascendance to a port of international significance? with original timber floors, cast iron columns and doors and many of their original cast iron window and door shutters.

    Liverpool?s executive member for heritage and the environment Berni Turner said: ?The building in Hockenhall Alley is known locally as the Fisherman's Cottage. It?s a one-up, one-down building from the end of the eighteenth century and looks like something out of a Charles Dickens novel.


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    ?It?s a fascinating and quirky survivor from that time and we are delighted it has been listed. The other listed buildings are important parts of the World Heritage Site and show the variety of our architectural legacy. Their listing shows the determination of the council to ensure important buildings are preserved.?

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    Well done the heritage chiefs. Great post Kev, my old stomping ground as I lived the next street down from North St for 13 years.
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    Cheers Ged, I'd love to see a pic of this building.
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    I will try to get some over the next few days.
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    Went there yesterday on my way for a cheey few in the Ship and Mitre.

    The alley is tiny and it was half full of scaffolding and half full of parked vans, so there was little space for me to get a good shot, also as it was getting a bit late the light levels were terrible and having no tripod some of the shots are not as crisp as i'd like.

    Anyway, here we go, Number 10, Hockenhall Alley








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    Thanks for the pics, it looks very interesting
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    Quote Originally Posted by fortinian View Post
    Went there yesterday on my way for a cheey few in the Ship and Mitre.

    The alley is tiny and it was half full of scaffolding and half full of parked vans, so there was little space for me to get a good shot, also as it was getting a bit late the light levels were terrible and having no tripod some of the shots are not as crisp as i'd like.

    Anyway, here we go, Number 10, Hockenhall Alley
    Hi fortinian et al.

    I am certain you guys are much better at photoshop than I am, but I took three of your photos, fortinian, and lightened them up using Flickr's Piknic editing program and came up with the following. The shots may be grainer but at least give us a clearer idea of the property. Hope you like them. Merry Christmas!

    Chris





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    Nice work ChrisGeorge! You get a much better idea from them now, I didn't know you could use Flickr for stuff like that! I'm no photoshop expert so thanks for the help.

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    The same scene greeted me Fortinian so I didn't bother taking any but got some of the warehouses listed in North street which i'll put on. Good work Chris too.
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    Here are the recently listed warehouses in North Street also mentioned in the article.






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    Hi Ged

    Thanks for that photo, Ged, and thanks to you and Fortinian for your kind remarks on my photoshopping of the Fortinian's pics of Hockenhall Alley. I don't claim to be an expert but have found that some photographs can be improved with a bit of work.

    All the best

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    Hockenhall Alley:
    "a street named after a Tranmere family who used to have property in our town, and were connected by marriage with the Moores."
    (Liverpool Mercury snippet).

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    Nice pictures guys. Well done Chris too. I never knew that building was there. Gonna hunt it down now and have a gander.

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    Here's how it looked in 1933 as a residential street.



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    Wow! Great that Ged. You never cease to amaze me with your photos. Nice one.

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    Default Dale Street - 1848 OS map

    Really interesting bit of social history here - a sort of Wiki-Liverpool. Great pictures fortinian and Ged btw.

    Just thought I'd add the 1848 OS map of Dale Street, for reference, incl. Hockenhall Alley & North Street.


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