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    Default W. & G. Harrison, Tailors

    My father and his brother had a tailor's shop from before the last war (39?45)
    till sometime in the 1960's. Situated at 29 Kirkdale Road. Any memories/details/photographs would be most appreciated.
    I know this is a bit off-the-wall, but I'm continually amazed at the information that comes onto these forums, so I thought I'd give it a try.
    Thanks in advance for any replies.


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    Joge, I worked in the Clothing trade all my life, started in the mid fifties.
    Do not remember W. G. Harrison tailors, will make some enquiries for you, but not many tailors left anymore. Have you tried the records office in william Brown Library?

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    Thanks Samp,

    Unfortunately I'm down in London, don't get up to the 'City of Dreams' as often as I'd like. Next visit I intend to explore records office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joge View Post
    Thanks Samp,

    Unfortunately I'm down in London, don't get up to the 'City of Dreams' as often as I'd like. Next visit I intend to explore records office.

    Joge.

    I friend of mine in the tailoring trade tells me that W. G. Harrison's moved from Kirkdale Rd to Stanley Rd. This would be due to the slum clearance during the 60's. He only remembers one of the partners who he describes as 'a realy nice old gentleman, one of the old school'. From the information he gave me the shop would be located on a stretch of Stanley Rd between Back Great Mersey St and Latham St. I have looked at a map of the area and would hazard a guess that the number of the shop would be between 70 and 100, the even numbers being on the right hand side of Stanley Rd as you leave Liverpool City Centre.

    Hope this helps!

    - Try looking on 'GEDS' website, he my have pictures of the area.

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    Samp,

    What can I say ? you're a prince.

    The 'Really nice gentleman' referred to was obviously my Uncle Wally.
    He really was one of the old school. He made me a three-piece suit in the early 60's. I was in Liverpool for about a week ? went to see him the day I got there and left a week later with a perfectly fitted suit ? the best set of clothes I ever wore. That was also the last time I had any contact with him ? deep regrets!

    My father George left the business in the late 50's for financial reasons.

    I always enjoyed my visits to the shop which was something like a time capsule from the 30's. I still use a large, heavy pair of tailor's scissors my father kept with him.

    I shall certainly have a look at Ged's site.

    Can't thank you enough for your time.

    Kind regards

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    Thanks for the recommendation Samp but sadly Joge, I don't recall having any of the old Stanley Road this far down near Scottie end but best of luck, I've had a look on the records office own on line archive for you and don't see any either.
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