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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    British Home Stores moved into the building, but I don't know (apart from the ground floor) how much of the building they occupied, but it was no longer an arcade. The 1968 Kelly's directory lists the building as 'Arcade Chambers', and there were various offices in the building.
    Until recently BHS used the rear of the ground floor as their restaurant.
    I took the photo in 1984 and entered the landing where the photo was taken from The Strawberry Dance Studios. I'll try and find out what survives.
    The glass roof could (& hopefully can still) be seen from Cavern Walks.
    I can't see anything looking like a glass roof on Flash Earth and the aerial shots are fairly recent so it's probably been roofed over. I remember BHS's old restaurant,didn't realise they'd used the adjacent building too. I think it was only the ground floor,on the first there was just a wall as a divider between the two so they hadn't knocked through.

    That's a great newspaper article too you've posted,Philip. The last sentence is definitely still true today! The way the ground floor has been sub-divided into shop units [as in your current pic] not in line with the building's layout above suggests that there won't be much remaining of the original there,sadly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    he's still alive then !!

    fantastic Ged- thanks for finding those pictures - it saves me the job of searching for them.

    Jacko is one of Liverpool's characters. Many Scousers will know him or know of him. Jacko is one of the Street people who amuses and brightens up a dull day. Jacko uses a cardboard cut-out of a banjo to busk with in Liverpool City centre - you may have seen him dressed in a Father Christmas hat which compliments his beard. Jacko is always polite and NEVER asks for money. If you give money, that is your choice and gift. Born in Armagh on the 26th of June 1938, his proper name is Jackson Nesbitt. Jacko takes a size 9 shoes; the need for new shoes is vital. A warm waterproof coat would be also be appreciated - water proof trousers would be a help now the Winters here. Do what you can - lets look after people like Jacko - he's one of Liverpool's sons and a true Liverpool character!

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    A great character. I love the way he makes the plink, plonk noises while he plucks his cardboard banjo. John (the baked spud man) outside TJ's gives Jacko his lunch a couple of times a week and a lot of people on the market there look out for him.

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    you may have seen him dressed in a Father Christmas hat which compliments his beard.
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    I found this picture of Lord Street arcade


    http://www.20thcenturyimages.co.uk/t...2123/index.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by robbo176 View Post
    I found this picture of Lord Street arcade


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    That's actually after it was Lord Street Arcade, when it was BHS (before they moved next door).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ayjaykay View Post
    That's actually after it was Lord Street Arcade, when it was BHS (before they moved next door).
    I meant the building, sorry
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    Quote Originally Posted by robbo176 View Post
    I found this picture of Lord Street arcade


    http://www.20thcenturyimages.co.uk/t...2123/index.htm
    Great pic

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    Boss pic there Robbo.Well in

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    The 1909 OS map describes it as an "Accumulator Tower".
    Perhaps someone else knows what such a building was.

    Here's another photo from the same day, with slightly less activity than your photo, Dave.
    I'm just skimming through some of the older threads, and found this one, and couldn't see that anyone had answered the question.

    I read up quite a lot about hydraulic power when we were looking to use some of the ducts of the London Hydraulic Company to run fibre optics cables along.

    Many buildings used hydraulic power for hoists, lifts and loading ramps. In the docks it was used for lock gates, sluices and pumps. Water was pumped around the system at around 100 p.s.i, and if a pipe ruptured you got a very impressive fountain, and a big hole in the road!

    The accumulators were basically water towers, the water was pumped up to the top by steam pumps, and the height gave it the pressure. If the pumps stopped for any reason, there was enough water in the accumulator to keep things running for a while until another pump was brought online.

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    When I was working in Button Street back in the 60s our hoist was powered by water. There was the system in the roof that burst twice while I was there rendering it useless when there where three waggons underneath waiting to be unloaded, and it flooded all the floors in the process, making walking quite hazardous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chippie View Post
    When I was working in Button Street back in the 60s our hoist was powered by water. There was the system in the roof that burst twice while I was there rendering it useless when there where three waggons underneath waiting to be unloaded, and it flooded all the floors in the process, making walking quite hazardous.
    Thought you could walk on water, Chippie.

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    I can Philip but my trousers get wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chippie View Post
    I can Philip but my trousers get wet.
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    Just found a small gem on Flickr . These include a few shots of the Garden Festival, Chester, Runcorn, Skelmersdale and Port Sunlight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danensis View Post
    I'm just skimming through some of the older threads, and found this one, and couldn't see that anyone had answered the question.

    I read up quite a lot about hydraulic power when we were looking to use some of the ducts of the London Hydraulic Company to run fibre optics cables along.

    Many buildings used hydraulic power for hoists, lifts and loading ramps. In the docks it was used for lock gates, sluices and pumps. Water was pumped around the system at around 100 p.s.i, and if a pipe ruptured you got a very impressive fountain, and a big hole in the road!

    The accumulators were basically water towers, the water was pumped up to the top by steam pumps, and the height gave it the pressure. If the pumps stopped for any reason, there was enough water in the accumulator to keep things running for a while until another pump was brought online.

    John
    An accumulator was water under pressure by a very large piston. The piston top was usually filled with gravel. It increased the pressure.

    Basics: Water ~30 foot high gives you 1 bar, 1 atmosphere (the weight of the atmosphere at sea level), which is 14.7 lb/squ inch at the bottom of the 30 foot. To get 100 ib/sq inch you would need a tower well over 200 foot high.

    Put in a piston with weights on, the pressure is raised and the tower need only be about 30 foot high. The piston also stabilises the pressure distribution. It also takes out peaks and dips when assisting a pump. A bit like the pressure expansion vessel on your heating boiler - that assists the pump delivery to the radiators and avoids cavitation when fitted just before the pump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    July 1984.

    All these buildings have been demolished and replaced with Commutation Plaza (2002).

    Here's some more i've found of Commutation Row featuring Buses of course!


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    http://www.transportimages.com/galle...+1972.jpg.html

    http://www.transportimages.com/galle...+1972.jpg.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by MerseysideTransportTrust View Post
    Here's some more i've found of Commutation Row featuring Buses of course!

    http://www.transportimages.com/galle...+1972.jpg.html

    http://www.transportimages.com/galle...+1972.jpg.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    The cinema would have been the Eros adult cinema
    I remember my late grandad promising to take me to a cinema for the first time, think it was about 1980/1981. We were looking through the Liverpool Echo and he said I could pick what cinema I wanted to see the film, so I saw an advert with clouds around it and picked that one- The Eros 'adult' cinema!

    My poor Grandad didn't know what to say, he said finally:
    "Er...no, that shows blue films"
    As a five year old who had no idea of 'blue films' I replied:
    "Why, can't they get the other colours?"

    My mum still reminds me of this one, my Grandad never ended up taking me to the cinema because he probably dreaded me mentioning 'blue films'.....

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    Hey all,long shot I know but I wondered if anyone had pix of the inside of Blackler's and Owen Owens stores,from just before they shut. I used to be taken there as a kid and I just can't remember how they looked. Also,any shots of the top end of Upper Warwick St? We used to live in No. 200 which was next door but one to the Drill Hall,so I'm hoping someone took a shot of that and caught our block in it.

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    I should get round to posting some pix of the old terraces on Gwent St sometime soon.

    [ok-this year-maybe!]

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    What a great thread. just a pity that it seems a lot of the pics have been removed. I'm scouring the net for pics of 70s/80s Belle Vale, Netherley, Lee Park, and chanced upon this thread. Its a shame it petered out, could have gone on forever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark R View Post
    Does anybody remember the black man who used to sell the echo outside what would now be HMV on Bold Street? I'm sure his name was Chris. He was a really great bloke. I remember when we finally saw the back of Thatcher in 1990 he was singing "Maggie Maggie Maggie - out out out!!" Then I think he passed away sometime in the mid 90's (but I could be wrong about the date). Apparently he used to save his money up so he could give kids presents at Christmas - he used to wear a Santa outfit as well when he was selling the echoes. I thought they should have put a plaque up to honour him - but I suppose that is too much to ask with this council...
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    Camp Hill, Woolton after finishing the Mersey Marathon on 28th September 1986.




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    Croxteth Hall Park around 85/6

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    Nice. In a way it's a shame the shot is out of focus, but on the other hand, it adds to the knowledge that it is a photograph from the past, lends something to the notion of time passing. Thanks for sharing this family photograph with us, Billy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Nice. In a way it's a shame the shot is out of focus, but on the other hand, it adds to the knowledge that it is a photograph from the past, lends something to the notion of time passing. Thanks for sharing this family photograph with us, Billy.

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    Out of focus, or just the cheap cameras with plastic lenses and cheap colour film that we all had in the 50s/60s?

    We are now spoiled with digital technolgy....

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    My 1980s camera was a disc camera - anyone remember them
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    Heres one about 1982/3
    later copied by Daniel Craig in a bond movie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    My 1980s camera was a disc camera - anyone remember them
    Yep... and the negatives were microscopic IIRC....

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