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    Default Ranelagh Street 1965

    In my list of Liverpool ‘grot spots’, this corner of Ranelagh Street would be near the top (along with the rest of the block along Lime Street). My reaction, though, is generated by the lack of care and maintenance rather than the intrinsic quality of the architecture. In fact, looking at how the building was [...]


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    Nice one Colin. I always thought that had always been the Army and Navy stores.

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    Thats where me Ma used to take me,to by me skiddies for after school use.

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    It was Kumar Bros in the 70s/80s
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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo42 View Post
    Nice one Colin. I always thought that had always been the Army and Navy stores.
    We had 2 army and navy stores Pablo, one in Byrom St and a smaller one on Walton Rd
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    There was one in Whitechapel too wasn't there Joe, further on from the Spanish house? I seem to remember getting my borstal breakout black plimsols from there with the shiny rubber toecaps in the early 70s.

    I believe the Byrom st one changed from one side of the street to the other. Got a pic of the one by St. Stephens church.
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    Hey, we had an Army and Navy in Old Swan too, in the old Curzon Cinema... so there
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    Wasn't there one opposite central station ? and it's probably my mine playing tricks on me but I've got a memory of one in waterloo too

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    Great image Colin. Thanks again.

    "Grot-spots". At least that original gin palace, The Vines, would lessen the pain of looking at such an eyesore? Well, at least, after a couple of glasses, no doubt?

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    Some of you 'old' ones seem to be getting 'The Army and Navy Stores' mixed up with 'The Famous Army Stores'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GNASHER View Post
    Some of you 'old' ones seem to be getting 'The Army and Navy Stores' mixed up with 'The Famous Army Stores'.
    Ahh,that's true,thinking the same myself!

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    Hi Colin,
    any idea of what was there,or pic's of that corner,previously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GNASHER View Post
    Some of you 'old' ones seem to be getting 'The Army and Navy Stores' mixed up with 'The Famous Army Stores'.
    I assumed they rebranded or something

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    Here's the corner in 1952 showing the temporary shops and walk through. The original corner was bombed during the war along with nearby Lewis's and BLacklers.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Here's the corner in 1952 showing the temporary shops and walk through. The original corner was bombed during the war along with nearby Lewis's and BLacklers.
    Nice one Ged, cracker pic Colin. Good info folks!

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    Wasnt Graham Souness first wife daughter of the founder/owner of famous army stores?
    Remember it well used to buy sidebag for school books and of course the army surplus jackets which were popular late sixties
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    You guys are wrong this WAS an Army&Navy shop for some years,hence why I said this is where I got me skiddies from...skiddies being ex-army boots.

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    No one said it wasn't.

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    We had 2 army and navy stores Pablo, one in Byrom St and a smaller one on Walton Rd
    Wrong we had four,there was one in Williamson Square & the biggest one on Ranelagh Street,later which all became the Famouse Army Stores.

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    Famous Army Stores Ltd. was a major independent retailer of camping equipment, outdoor clothing footwear and army supplies. It was based in Garston, Liverpool, and was a chain of 200 stores with a turnover of 50 million. While it in administration, the then Directors Graham Smith, Steve Jowitt, John Nash and Keith Murray tried to buy the company, submitting the highest offer and trying to keep most of the chain. However, the preferred bidder and eventual owner, Blacks Leisure Group (Blacks), the company's arch enemy, acquired 47 stores and all of the stock. While Blacks retained all of the staff from the 47 stores, most of the managers left the business as the stores' brands were changed to Millets or Blacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Here's the corner in 1952 showing the temporary shops and walk through. The original corner was bombed during the war along with nearby Lewis's and BLacklers.




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    That's a fab pic' Ged,any of the previous buildings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    You guys are wrong this WAS an Army&Navy shop for some years,hence why I said this is where I got me skiddies from...skiddies being ex-army boots.
    You tell it the way it is George

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    You tell it the way it is George
    Sad really most the street ressies used to know I was out and about in the street cos they could here me walking up or down the street...cliclk,click,click. pmsl

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    Shows Lynn's Waterloo Hotel, Ranelagh Street 1867. Courtesy LRO.
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    And here is how it was in 1915 from one of my coloured post cards.


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    Great pictures guys.

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    Thanks Underworld - but this view must be pre-1907 (which was when the Vines was built).

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    Default Ranelagh Street, and surrounding areas

    Image 1) Aldephi demolition 1912
    Image 2) Ranelagh Street, Edward Chambre Hardman photo, 1940's.jpg
    Image 3) Lewis's 1956.jpg
    Image 4) Lewis's shopfront, Ranelagh Street, 1900.jpg
    Image 5) Great Charlotte Street, 1961.jpg
    Image 6) Lewis's from Great Charlotte Street, 1937.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by dazza View Post
    ....Image 3) Lewis's 1956.jpg
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    OK... I thought "Nobby" was an original statue on Lewis's - but he's not there in 56.

    When did he get added to the building?

    The facade looks naked (pun intended......) without him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by az_gila View Post
    OK... I thought "Nobby" was an original statue on Lewis's - but he's not there in 56.

    When did he get added to the building?
    Nobby's official name is Liverpool Resergent

    Unveiled [no pun intended] on 20th November, 1956. The statue was commissioned in 1954 by the director's of Lewis's dept. store to symbolise 'the struggle and determination of Liverpool to rehabilitate itself after the grim, destructive blitz years'. (Evening Express, 20 November 1956).

    The sculptor was Sir Jacob Epstein.

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