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    How can I expand my research if you know a building is listed. The building in question is 44 Ullet Road, it's a grade 11 listed building that info came from the LCC website but it was in a PDF format so you cant expand the search, Is there a website where you can go that gives you a little history of a building if it is listed?


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    All's I know about the building is it was developed by a cotton merchant 'Rankin' and if you know it you will notice that it has a tower, this was used by Mr Rankin as a look out for his ships crossing the Mersey Bar. He left 'Rankhin Hall' in his will to Liverpool University who used it as a hall of residence for female students. It later became a thai restaurant called the King and I, in the seventies it was sold off and became Lau's Chinese restaurant and later the Millenium Hall. Following the closure of that business it was bought by my then landlord Mr.Tek Ng who also owned other restaurants in the city and in Spain. The building has since been sold and is now luxury flats.
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    "Liverpool" by Joseph Sharples is one of the "Pevsner Architectural Guides" and contains all the Listed Buildings in the area it covers.
    Rankin Hall was built in 1874, originally as "The Towers" for the cotton broker Michael Belcher.
    It was designed by G. A. Audsley.
    Central Library have English Heritage's lists, and should give even more detail.

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    There's also the Liverpool listed building list on this site, plus the Grade I, II and II* listed buildings in Liverpool information.
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    Many thanks for that info Phill, Kev that list is great

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    () 3 hours later from your reply Phill i've just been reading up on G. A. Audsley and Joseph Sharples 'Pevsner Architectural Guides' all interesting stuff, i've stumbled on J Sharples email addy, i'm going to email the guy for information.

    Thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostSearch View Post
    How can I expand my research if you know a building is listed. The building in question is 44 Ullet Road, it's a grade 11 listed building that info came from the LCC website but it was in a PDF format so you cant expand the search, Is there a website where you can go that gives you a little history of a building if it is listed?

    All's I know about the building is it was developed by a cotton merchant 'Rankin' and if you know it you will notice that it has a tower, this was used by Mr Rankin as a look out for his ships crossing the Mersey Bar. He left 'Rankhin Hall' in his will to Liverpool University who used it as a hall of residence for female students. It later became a thai restaurant called the King and I, in the seventies it was sold off and became Lau's Chinese restaurant and later the Millenium Hall. Following the closure of that business it was bought by my then landlord Mr.Tek Ng who also owned other restaurants in the city and in Spain. The building has since been sold and is now luxury flats.
    Either that or next door 42, had Hitlers spies there before the war. They identified all the key people in Liverpool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostSearch View Post
    How can I expand my research if you know a building is listed. The building in question is 44 Ullet Road, it's a grade 11 listed building that info came from the LCC website but it was in a PDF format so you cant expand the search, Is there a website where you can go that gives you a little history of a building if it is listed?

    All's I know about the building is it was developed by a cotton merchant 'Rankin' and if you know it you will notice that it has a tower, this was used by Mr Rankin as a look out for his ships crossing the Mersey Bar.
    I doubt you can see the Mersey bar from there.
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    (E mail reply from Joseph Sharples)


    I'm not absolutely sure when or why the name of The Towers was changed to
    Rankin Hall. I think it was when it became a University of Liverpool student
    residence, and the name Rankin may commemorate a University benefactor. To
    find out who occupied the house at different times you should consult the
    annual Liverpool street directories, which are available on microfilm on the
    fourth floor of the Central Library in William Brown Street.

    There is also a short publication outlining the history of Rankin Hall when
    it was in use as a University residence. It was compiled by Adrian Allan,
    the University Archivist, and includes interesting reminiscences by people
    who lived there. There may be a copy in the local studies section of the
    Central Library (also on the fourth floor), and there is certainly one in
    the Archives and Special Collections department of the Sydney Jones Library,
    Chatham Street.

    As for the origins and early history of the house, these are poorly
    documented. It appears to have been built by an American-born merchant
    called John Newton Beach, possibly as a speculation, because he does not
    seem to have lived there himself. The name of the architect is identified in
    an article about Audsley in the 'Building News', 7 March 1890, p. 336.

    I hope this helps. Good luck with your research.

    Best wishes,

    Joseph Sharples.

    Link to Adrian Allan: http://www.liv.ac.uk/lucas/LUCAS_Staff_.htm
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    Is this linked to the naming of Rankin Street, Dingle L8 ?

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    () who knows, i'm going to see what I can find out from the Library and Adrian Allen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Rankin Hall.
    It looks much nicer than McNair Hall

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    That's a great pic Philip.
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