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    Default Tuebrook House, built 1615

    Tue Brook House, 695 West Derby Road, Liverpool was built in 1615 as a farmhouse. It is now owned by Liverpool City Council and must be the city's most unusual council house. It is thought to have been originally owned by John Mercer, a yeoman farmer and during the Victorian period was the home and workshop of a Mr.Fletcher, a wheelwright. Some parts of the building contain sections of it's original "wattle and daub" construction, which can be seen through glass panels.



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    Really nice house which stands out.

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    Great to see, AK1! Thanks for the pics and information. I visited Tuebrook House years ago as a lad in the early Sixties, having cycled up from Mossley Hill, and was able to go through the house and feel its age. Good to know the Liverpool City Council now owns the property and presumably will protect it.

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    Theres also another old Cottage on Derby Lane, round the corner. Am sure the pic will on this forum somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shapers View Post
    Theres also another old Cottage on Derby Lane, round the corner. Am sure the pic will on this forum somewhere.
    Moss Cottage you are thinking of, about 5 years ago a health centre was built right at the back of it which really spoils the look of it.

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    not the greatest pic but this is it.

    That health center is my doctors and they really spoil my stomach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gnomie View Post


    not the greatest pic but this is it.

    That health center is my doctors and they really spoil my stomach.
    Cracking pic Gnomie, and you and SteH are right about the surgery. With the way town is being rebuilt, expect the same sort of thing all over city centre.

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    Anyone know what is happening with the old hospital building in Newsham park? It has been empty for years and is falling into a really bad state. I can remember going inside when I was younger and can remember how elegant it really is. I think I may have read somewhere that it was going to be turned into apartments, but I have sen no activity at the site for months.

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    Smile Old school Building, Lister Drive

    The old school building that stood on lister drive was built in 1912. It was used as a school up until WW2 when it was then used to house German prisoners.
    After the war it was converted back into a school called Lister Drive Primary. Over the next few decades it was poorly maintained and the roof fell into a bad state with numerous leeks and corroded guttering.
    In 2000 the school moved into new premises on green lane and the old school was used by a childcare group called Lister Steps. Whilst they where there they had plans drawn up for the complete restoration and modernisation of the 88 year old building which would have been turned it into a massive community centre and office building.
    Unfortunately funding could not be secured for the work and the nursery moved into new temporary buildings alongside the school in 2005. The building was then put up for sale by the council and sold within a few months.
    Hopes of the buildings restoration where shattered when the building was subject to an arson attack and was sadly demolished a few weeks later.
    The land remains empty to this day and cannot get planning for any buildings until a complete survey of the nearby power station is carried out.

    I was in this school from the age of 3 to 11 when I then went to secondary school. I have so many memories of this building and how magnificant it was. It had two grand staircases at either end of a huge main hall which was floodlit from windows in the roof. The entire building retained its original features such as cast iron radiators, tiled walls and original parqua flooring. It even had its original windows and guttering.
    Luckily, my mum is the manager of the nursery that moved in after the school moved out, so I was able to keep myself informed of any developments regarding the building. It was a sad day for everyone when the fire took place. I can remember going to work about 7 in the morning (i worked in the nursery) and seeing a huge spire of smoke over tuebrook. As I turned the corner onto lister drive I realised it was the old school.
    I can remember talking to a guy at the scene who had travelled into Liverpool on the m62 and seen the smoke from there. Some of the staff at the nursery have family in wirral who seen the smoke from the other side of the mersey.
    The strange thing about the fire is that it started at both ends of the building and took hold very quickly. There are rumours that it was started by the new owners who could claim the insurance money and have a reason to demolish the building.

    This was a great building at the heart of the community that had alot of memories for alot of people. It is sorely missed.

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    Default Mr Fletcher at Tuebrook House

    Thomas Fletcher (born 1798) was the wheelwright who lived at Tuebrook House in the 1851 Census.
    His biographical information can be found at minersandmariners.org. We too visited the house when in the UK in 2002



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    Quote Originally Posted by Shapers View Post
    Cracking pic Gnomie, and you and SteH are right about the surgery. With the way town is being rebuilt, expect the same sort of thing all over city centre.
    Didn't it used to be De Villes Dairy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AK1 View Post
    Anyone know what is happening with the old hospital building in Newsham park? It has been empty for years and is falling into a really bad state. I can remember going inside when I was younger and can remember how elegant it really is. I think I may have read somewhere that it was going to be turned into apartments, but I have sen no activity at the site for months.
    I live at the back of the Orphanage. You're right - it is supposed to be made into an apartments (or demolished and the land used as an apartments). Haven't heard nothing since though. Queen Victoria visited it in 1886. She stayed at Newsham House (the Judge's residence).
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    AK1. Yes, I went to Lister Drive in the 1970's. It was a magnificent building. I remember standing on the stage many times. Do you remember the shield over the stage? I think it was made up of four sections with the letters LDCP (if I am right). Lister Drive County Primary. There was also a large wooden board (to the left) with names on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark R View Post
    AK1. Yes, I went to Lister Drive in the 1970's. It was a magnificent building. I remember standing on the stage many times. Do you remember the shield over the stage? I think it was made up of four sections with the letters LDCP (if I am right). Lister Drive County Primary. There was also a large wooden board (to the left) with names on it.
    I do remember! The board with all the names on it has been moved with the school to its new site, I'm not too sure about the shield though, I will try to find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK1 View Post
    I do remember! The board with all the names on it has been moved with the school to its new site, I'm not too sure about the shield though, I will try to find out.
    Oh, that's great. I thought that it would have been lost in the fire.
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    Here's me after taking a photo of the date stone at Tuebrook House in May. Photograph by Gerard Fleming.

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    Wow, this looks GREAT! Another "must" on my list next time!

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