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    Can anyone remember what shop or shops occupied the building before Mothercare and later Gap were present on the corner of Lord Street and Whitechapel? I know its a long shot but does anyone have a photo? Thanks very much


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    Hi Partsky,

    This is probably a lot earlier than you're interested in, but Hope Bros. occupied the building in 1899, picture courtesy of LRO.
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    Before mothercare it was Ethel Austins womens wear.

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    Her indoors is arguing with me that it was Boodle&Dunthorns the jewlers?

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    She just lost....Boodle&Dunthorn was on the corner of North John Street and Lord Street....Yis!

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    She just lost....Boodle&Dunthorn was on the corner of North John Street and Lord Street....Yis!
    Still is George !...didnt think that Ethels was there before Mothercare though !

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    Quote Originally Posted by squiggs View Post
    Still is George !...didnt think that Ethels was there before Mothercare though !
    I think George is right Squiggs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo42 View Post
    I think George is right Squiggs.
    I bow to your wisdom Pabs (and George too)

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    Quote Originally Posted by squiggs View Post
    I bow to your wisdom Pabs (and George too)
    It was George that came up with it Squiggs. I was trying to remember and had no chance, but when George said it I remembered.


    Dam this Alzheimers...

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    BTW
    I just googled "liverpool,ethil austin"
    They show more than half a dozen sites, but I do not know the lay out of Merseyside. You could try it and be sure?
    Anfield housewife, who would have thunk it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oudeis View Post
    BTW
    I just googled "liverpool,ethil austin"
    They show more than half a dozen sites, but I do not know the lay out of Merseyside. You could try it and be sure?
    Anfield housewife, who would have thunk it?
    I remember Mum telling me that one of her first shops was on Park Road in the Dingle !

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    Quote Originally Posted by squiggs View Post
    I remember Mum telling me that one of her first shops was on Park Road in the Dingle !
    That's gone now hasn't it?

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    Well, that's torn it!

    I have a slight interest in this because she and I share the same family name so...I have found a geneology site. Lots to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo42 View Post
    That's gone now hasn't it?
    Went years ago Pabs !, it was by the old Woolies shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by squiggs View Post
    Went years ago Pabs !, it was by the old Woolies shop
    Thought it had. I remember Park Road being a busy bustling shopping area. How times change. I wonder if the new Tesco will help around there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo42 View Post
    Thought it had. I remember Park Road being a busy bustling shopping area. How times change. I wonder if the new Tesco will help around there.
    When I was young Mum and I shopped there every day ! ( we lived just off High Park Street), as we didnt have a fridge etc we had to shop for food all the time, it was a very busy Road and full of every sort of shop that you could ever need....my Uncle ran a Butchers shop which was never empty....
    The Leo's supermarket was built on the site of our old house, the best time was when the Market appeared on the car park space there

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    Quote Originally Posted by squiggs View Post
    When I was young Mum and I shopped there every day ! ( we lived just off High Park Street), as we didnt have a fridge etc we had to shop for food all the time, it was a very busy Road and full of every sort of shop that you could ever need....my Uncle ran a Butchers shop which was never empty....
    The Leo's supermarket was built on the site of our old house, the best time was when the Market appeared on the car park space there
    It's like Borough Road in Seacombe, that used to be good shopping, King Street Wallasey, another good road. Where does it go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo42 View Post
    It's like Borough Road in Seacombe, that used to be good shopping, King Street Wallasey, another good road. Where does it go wrong.
    I dont know Pabs !, I went through King Street and Borough Road recently !, it looks so empty very sad !

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    Quote Originally Posted by squiggs View Post
    I dont know Pabs !, I went through King Street and Borough Road recently !, it looks so empty very sad !
    Borough Road is all housing now and King Street has been run down for years. Similar thing happening to Walton Road.

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    didnt think that Ethels was there before Mothercare though !
    It was her biggest outlet in the town center,next came One in St Johns Precinct and anothe in Bold Street...ain't the foggiest where the fourth one was? might of been up London Rd? because summats nagging me it was there.

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    Was it on the left going up London Road where the arcade is now?

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    You could try it and be sure?
    What you're seeing on Gooogle now is a small chain of EA's franchise as she went into difficulty and lost the buisiness,stores and branches closed until someone bailed her out...by that time half her outlets were gone and never reopened.


    I can see why her indoors thought she had a branch on North John Street corner.... Seems Liverpools head office was there.

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    Was it on the left going up London Road where the arcade is now?
    Thats it...yer have lit the sparkler

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    Quote Originally Posted by Partsky View Post
    Can anyone remember what shop or shops occupied the building before Mothercare and later Gap were present on the corner of Lord Street and Whitechapel? I know its a long shot but does anyone have a photo? Thanks very much
    Nice photo, Dazza.
    Hope Bros were Gent Outfitters and were still there in the 1960s.
    (No, I don't actually remember, but I've got a street directory.)
    I don't know if the new building was built for them, Mothercare, or somebody in-between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo42 View Post
    Borough Road is all housing now and King Street has been run down for years. Similar thing happening to Walton Road.
    So many good shopping roads now like ghost towns; Walton rd as you say, Townsend Lane - half derelict. St Marys rd Garston - I believe is like a ghost town, Lodge lane - just not what it was. Wavertree rd - half derelict ! Granby st - a ghost town, an so on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    So many good shopping roads now like ghost towns; Walton rd as you say, Townsend Lane - half derelict. St Marys rd Garston - I believe is like a ghost town, Lodge lane - just not what it was. Wavertree rd - half derelict ! Granby st - a ghost town, an so on.
    Worse one is London Road and up into Kensington. Dreadfull. Breck Road is pretty bad now isn't it?

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    yeah, although Breck still has a lot of shops it's gone scruffy. the 'shopping mall' is the pits !

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    yeah, although Breck still has a lot of shops it's gone scruffy. the 'shopping mall' is the pits !
    I thought that was coming down a few years ago.

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    I don't know.

    I remember when they built the new shopping mall in the early 1980's, it was alright with brand new shops.
    It stayed ok for a while, then the vandalism and graffiti crept in. It's a scruffy hole now and gangs hang around there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou View Post
    I don't know.

    I remember when they built the new shopping mall in the early 1980's, it was alright with brand new shops.
    It stayed ok for a while, then the vandalism and graffiti crept in. It's a scruffy hole now and gangs hang around there.
    I was in Liverpool yesterday and was horrified to see the amount of young lads in black tracksuits. There seems to be some kind of uniform thing going on. We don't seem to have that over here. How come none of them seem to have jobs.

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