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    Who'd have thought the chances of surviving the Bomb raid would have been under Queen Victoria, all four corners around her had suffered bomb damage.


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    she's suffered more damage since then with the kids hanging around there. I only noticed the other day that there's railings at the top of the steps around her now.

    No chance of taking a nice pic of it anymore

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    Looks like the area has been cleaned up in that photo. Some damage all the same aint there. Musta been horrendous to witness that.

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    After the bombing...

    That tower in the background looks familair?
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    That was what was left of the Customs House. Like the Museum, it was gutted by incendiaries but, sadly, unlike the Museum, it was demolished.

    See some pics of it on this page and those following it-

    http://www.chesterwalls.info/gallery/customs.html
    Chester: a Virtual Stroll Around the Walls-
    http://www.chesterwalls.info

    The Liverpool Gallery-
    http://www.chesterwalls.info/gallery/liverpool.html

    The Chester Shop
    http://www.thechestershop.com


    Chester & Liverpool Guided Walks
    http://www.chesterwalls.info/guidedwalks.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by knowhowe View Post
    That was what was left of the Customs House. Like the Museum, it was gutted by incendiaries but, sadly, unlike the Museum, it was demolished.

    See some pics of it on this page and those following it-

    http://www.chesterwalls.info/gallery/customs.html
    Don't look that badly damaged. Domes missing. Was the inside gutted.

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    Don't look that badly damaged. Domes missing. Was the inside gutted.
    I suspect the foundations were weakened in the blast? and it had to be demolished,after all it was built around the 1800's,John Aktinson Grimshaw(Painter) painted a few scenes of this building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    I suspect the foundations were weakened in the blast? and it had to be demolished,after all it was built around the 1800's,John Aktinson Grimshaw(Painter) painted a few scenes of this building.
    Was it hit with bombs or incendries. Bombs woulda done structural damage and the incendries woulda set it on fire. If it was structurally unsound, then I can understand why it was demolished.

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    Incendiaries it seems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Incendiaries it seems.
    Shame to lose it then. What a waste.

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    Looks like bomv damage to me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Looks like bomv damage to me...
    Could be incedries George. If it was on fire, that would cause a lotta damage.

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    buildings constructed of stone tend to resist incendiary destruction unless they are first blown open by high explosives.

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    I've read that the basic structure was still sound,but there was no government will to re-build it,as was the case, with several other official buildings around the city.

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    I have to be honest here and say...there's limit to what should be rebuilt and what shouldn't depending on the state of the building? and judging by the photos I've posted the whole of the internal structure has gone completly to rubble and its just doesn't seem viable to reconstruct something far gone as that.

    We have to also take into consideration that if it were to be rebuilt then it just would not be the building of a bygone age,thats how I look at it myself.

    Its the same as the cathedral that got bombed as well,why did they leave that standing? lets face it its gone and only the shell remains,what use is it standing on prime ground?

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    I think you're right,to a point! Maybe the government of the day,just decided the investment in a re-built/new customs house wasn't worthwhile,possibly due to the decline of Liverpool's port business?! As for St.Lukes church (I think that's the one you mean?) this was left standing as a memorial to all who died in the city, in WW2

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Looks like bomb damage to me...
    Cracker pics George

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    Some more Custom House pics.
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    Have you ever looked at the monument from the middle of Castle street. Its the funniest sight in town but i'll leave you to find out why!

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