Martins Bank Lifts
Great pic Dave. I rode in them many a time on my shipping clerk rounds 1980-82 when I graduated to bossing the new underling around
17 January 2007.
It isn't known exactly when this was built, but in 1936 it was the Advertising Depot of Hovis Ltd.
I've always liked the building, and it's good to see that it's just reopened as seen here.
The St James Cinema used to be on the right, but that went years ago.
Last edited by PhilipG; 01-18-2007 at 01:39 AM.
Don't know what this building was built or used for but it's a little hidden gem imho, it's on the corner of Tithebarn street and Smithfield street on the opposite corner of the old Rising sun pub (now Shenanagans)
I only got around to taking a picture of that figurehead yesterday. There is also a Liver Bird crest on the side of the building and some other stone plaques...a nice ship one.
This 1930s church seems to have Art Deco aspects.
I'd quite like to know who the architect was, and when exactly it was built.
Last edited by wombat; 02-22-2007 at 11:15 PM.
That church tower always reminds me of minaret.
There's an 'archaic' quality about the style of the church that makes you think of Assyrians, Babylonians, Chaldeans, or something from ageless aeons ago, and if I'm not mistaken, this was a deliberate and clever feature of at least some art deco. I wonder what others think about this.
Last edited by wombat; 02-23-2007 at 05:12 PM.
Yes, I agree. I've always noticed that about St Mathews.
Here's the plaques from around the Tithebarn St. building. Definitely a connection with the sea...Neptune, fish, ships, Liverbirds and the Coat of Arms.
Considering the links Liverpool has with shipping, very few buildings have plaques/artwork like these.
I thought it might have been offices for a shipping line or something of that nature...but I've no idea.
Unfortunately it's right on the edge of the photocopy I made, so it's only possible to read the first 2 words "City College".
Does anybody know if that ship is supposed to be the "Queen Mary"?
Great photos, Marky - I did snap it today, but my zoom is only 3x.
Last edited by PhilipG; 03-04-2007 at 09:36 PM.
It was built 1928-31 as the College of Commerce by the City Surveyor, Albert D. Jenkins.
"Corner crowned with a sculpture of Neptune in a ship's prow.
...reliefs of shipping by Hooper & Webb."
Sharples describes the style of the building as "Classical".
Last edited by PhilipG; 03-04-2007 at 09:39 PM.
here is one the public don't get to see much
The Harold Cohen Library, Ashton Street
Former Garrick Theatre (1932).
Last edited by PhilipG; 04-05-2007 at 04:28 PM.
Great stuff Phil.
Having lived in this building and so i've a certain affection for it, I was surprised to find there was so much LRO information and photos of its construction. After its original use, the Liverpool Corporation used it for their architects department before Stanley Racing took it over as its Liverpool headquarters but it's now up for sale again, just this month.
The Photos below were created by Colonel Stratton Davis - Architect and are courtesy of and located at the LRO (though now out of copyright)
The finishing touches can be seen getting put to this building in 1934 on the film and photographs showing the Queensway tunnel being opened. Therefore, all in all, it didn't really take that long in being built for a building its size.
The first 4 photos are described as follows:
22/7/33 Workmen asphalting the main staircase area
27/5/33 Manual labour (no, not a Spanish bloke) on the site
27/5/33 Excavation of the Trueman Street side of the site
27/5/33 Excavation of the Fontenoy Street side of the site
The next 4.
14/08/33 The steel framework on the Fontenoy Street side of the site
19/08/33 Reinforcing the building strong room using metal bars
05/09/33 J. Williams, General Foreman. J. Jones, Joinery Foreman and Wilfred Platt, projects main building contractor of George Platt & sons.
06/09/33 The sign displayed on the Dale Street side of the site.
And the last 4.
08/09/33 Workmen laying and finishing a truscan system of floors.
21/09/33 The foundation stone ceromony
27/09/33 A Heating Engineer welding a connection to a valve box for a heating panel in the ceiling
02/10/33 Rivetters working on stanchion 47
The pics are here.
They are a brilliant set of pix Ged, thanks.
You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else.