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    It's the 50th anniversery, of the fire at Henderson's department store,Church st.when 11 people died! There were some interesting stories,and film,on local news programmes tonight, and though I dont remember it myself,(too young) I wondered if any older Yo'ers had any memories of this? Apparently, the fire was tackled by shop staff for some time,before anyone thought to phone the fire brigade,and they also never tried to evacuate the shop,which probably contributed to the death toll!


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    Some footage of the day after here Steve;



    http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=65466

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    See the uniforms and vehicles the firemen had? Still mainly WW2. A modern Dennis was there though. The place was demolished and rebuilt. It was a nice building. I think the fire changed the fire regs in public buildings. Was there also afire in Marks & Sparks in Liverpool about 20-25 years ago?

    The crowds are just staring and in such a large group. I doubt you would get so much of that today. We would have a film crew with the firemen live.
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    Thanks for posting this Steve , and thanks for the amazing footage Dave .. I can't believe the damage to the building , all the RSJ's have fallen , it looks like a huge bomb had ripped through the place !

    WW , was anyone hurt in the Marks and Spencer fire ? I don't remember it .

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    It was an interesting programme, called 'Inside Out' in case anyone can catch it again. They reunited a fireman with a chap he helped rescue.
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    Is Hendersons buildings where Next used to be ?

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    I think so and I think Binns were once in there too, the last building on the corner before is it Tarleton St or Basnett st.
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    It was on the corner of Williamson Street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    I think so and I think Binns were once in there too, the last building on the corner before is it Tarleton St or Basnett st.
    I used to like the Binns food hall.

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    I know where it was now , i was picturing it being Hepworth Chambers..

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    The 'stills' feature on that link will give you a better idea of exactly where it was.

    The 'stills' can be found under the newsreel screen on the left. There are 4 pages in total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra View Post
    Is Hendersons buildings where Next used to be ?
    It's where H&M is now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davec View Post
    Some footage of the day after here ....;



    http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=65466
    Ta for that. Nice one

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    My mother remembers the fire clearly, and worked for Hendersons in the 70s. Wasn't there another fire in Hendersons or Binns or whatever it was called after the really serious fire?

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    It was a lovely old posh store but a bit snotty. I was 5 at the time of the fire but it did come back as Hendersons, Then Binns, I think. It was quite like Debenhams in Southport still is with the lovely old wooden counters and posh stuff most plebs could not afford to buy. The Women on the beauty counter were terrifying. They sold handmade chocolates too!!! Hendersons and the old Bon Marche which became part of George Henry Lee`s were the poshest shops in the 50s and 60s, along with Watson Pritchard (if it was called that) which was in North John Street and was even more scary.

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    It's all true what Partsky says It was quite snobby and I remember those women on the makeup and perfume counters !

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    I remember a week after Hendersons fire going with my mate over the water to look at an enlarger for sale in the Echo. The seller invited us in to his home and showed us some 20 inch by 16 inches photos he had taken of the fire. He had contacted the Daily Express when he took the photos, they published one full page,on the front of the paper.
    This was when they were broadsheet size,He was paid 100 pounds for his pics and they were all printed 20by 16 for him. Imagine 100 in those days.

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    There's a photograph of this area of Church St. I've seen somewhere on the net and I'm sure it was dated May 1960, which would make it a month before the fire.
    It was a view looking towards Lord St. and had the Tatler, H.Samuel and Hendersons in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Partsky View Post
    It was a lovely old posh store but a bit snotty. I was 5 at the time of the fire but it did come back as Hendersons, Then Binns, I think. It was quite like Debenhams in Southport still is with the lovely old wooden counters and posh stuff most plebs could not afford to buy. The Women on the beauty counter were terrifying. They sold handmade chocolates too!!! Hendersons and the old Bon Marche which became part of George Henry Lee`s were the poshest shops in the 50s and 60s, along with Watson Pritchard (if it was called that) which was in North John Street and was even more scary.
    Well,you've got a good memory for a 5 yr old!! I'm afraid shop's like Hendersons,G.H.Lee,and Lewis's were another world for me,it was T.J.Hughes,or Blackler's,if anywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Well,you've got a good memory for a 5 yr old!! I'm afraid shop's like Hendersons,G.H.Lee,and Lewis's were another world for me,it was T.J.Hughes,or Blackler's,if anywhere!
    Me too Steve , or C&A , ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra View Post
    Me too Steve , or C&A , ..
    Ha, and not forgetting Cooper's,with the smell of "Proper" coffee!

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    I never went to Coopers i don't think , and if i did i would have been very small , i was born in 1961 ...ooh that was hard to type ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra View Post
    I never went to Coopers i don't think , and if i did i would have been very small , i was born in 1961 ...ooh that was hard to type ...
    God, your an old YO'er! Cooper's became W.H. Smith's,about 1971/2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    God, your an old YO'er! Cooper's became W.H. Smith's,about 1971/2.
    Do you mind !!!! Matter of fact i normally knock a few years off , i might have to delete that little confession ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra View Post
    Do you mind !!!! Matter of fact i normally knock a few years off , i might have to delete that little confession ..
    To late it's been quoted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra View Post
    Do you mind !!!! Matter of fact i normally knock a few years off , i might have to delete that little confession ..
    Just joking..............I'm 78!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaZappathing View Post
    To late it's been quoted.
    That's not a problem Zapp , i'll threaten him ... hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Just joking..............I'm 78!!!!
    78 ?? should'nt you be in bed already ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra View Post
    78 ?? should'nt you be in bed already ...
    I am!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debra View Post
    That's not a problem Zapp , i'll threaten him ... hehe
    Just don't encourage him. He'll make you sleepy. LOL

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