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    Quote Originally Posted by John(Zappa) View Post
    Nice pic that.
    I used to work in the crown.Used to drink in there when I was younger too.
    What is going there next ? I hear a few flats or a little Tescos?
    Who knows????
    Thanks, I beleive planning for flats was turned down which is why
    the owners are not interested in the building, it is the land they want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marky View Post
    The half-wrecked building in Moss Street looked like it was being demolished today (a JCB was at the rear pulling back brickwork)
    I saw that today too. There are signs around it showing the company that's performing the demolition. It's a shame really, that would be a nice looking building if it had been looked after. It has some interseting sculptures around it.

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    Grot Spots, they get everywere...
    Westminster Rd former fire stn, police stn and pub...
    You will also notice that the pub on the opposite
    corner is also boarded up.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    Grot Spots, they get everywere...
    Westminster Rd former fire stn, police stn and pub...
    You will also notice that the pub on the opposite
    corner is also boarded up.....

    That's a delightful building which should be protected and reused. Clearly it didn't work as a pub/bar. Any suggestions any one?

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    part of the building is used as a Kitchen showroom
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    heres a couple more photos



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    such a lovely building pity it couldnt be put to better use, lovely photos too.
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    Used to drink in the pub opposite, not been past for years and didn't realise it was shut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon_hall View Post
    Used to drink in the pub opposite, not been past for years and didn't realise it was shut.
    The Pub, is this the one


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    The Old Bill - I didn't know it was closed just shows how long it is since I've been down that way.

    Went to that pub once or twice a long time ago.

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    Another entry for my," Grotspots", this should be Grotarea
    Townsend lne by Lower Breck Rd
    Years ago this used to be a great area, I remember what is nlow
    the health club(closed) used to be an ice cream parlour.



    This shot is on the corner of Toensend and Lower Breck.
    The name was origionaly the Cockwell Inn, no seriously, but
    they changed it for obvious reasons.


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    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    The Pub, is this the one

    Yep, used to be Grand National along the road which has changed name i think then onto this one and then onto Anfield for the game.

    Used to be a Belhaven owned pub and had a drinking corridor from the left hand door on that pic to a back room i think and the main public bar on the right hand side of the pic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John(Zappa) View Post
    Nice pic that.
    I used to work in the crown.Used to drink in there when I was younger too.
    What is going there next ? I hear a few flats or a little Tescos?
    Who knows????
    Notice they've started to demolish this over the weekend - the green fencing had been up for a while, but the diggers were being put into use on Sunday... (amazing how quickly it was coming down).

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post


    This shot is on the corner of Toensend and Lower Breck.
    The name was origionaly the Cockwell Inn, no seriously, but
    they changed it for obvious reasons.

    The Cockwell. Didn't that used to be Champion Sports?
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    It was indeed Champion Sports, they used to have loads of
    trainers, footy boots in the windows. Opposite side of the road
    apart from Sayers and Lloyds chemist, used to be Jonses, they have
    scaffold up now.

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    I can remember Vivos the small supermarket
    The post office was on the same block - but it moved around the corner to Priory rd.
    Do you remember Kehoe the cobblers ? (not sure how to spell the name).

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    It was indeed Champion Sports, they used to have loads of
    trainers, footy boots in the windows. Opposite side of the road
    apart from Sayers and Lloyds chemist, used to be Jonses, they have
    scaffold up now.
    everyone used to go to Mrs Jones with their ailments

    Her son took over the chemist didn't he?


    Champion Sports: I can remember it being a dress shop many moons ago - and a chandlers before then .. (not to be confused with the other chandlers a few doors away) .. ( I was only little at the time, but I remember looking at the dishes and pots & pans in the window). There was an off-Licence around the corner on Lower Breck we just used to call 'The Outdoor'.
    I can remember all the shops on Breck rd & Townsend lane and also Priory rd. I could name most of them but I won't bore you all !

    Remember when the Willow Bank was known as 'Ma Pates?' - a bit before my time but my dad and grandmother used to call it that.

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    Yes I remember most of the shops, indeed Mrs Jones was the local
    Doctor, yes her son took over.
    I remember the shop on the corner of Winchester was Evans the
    watchmaker, a little general shop, banks the butchers, a cycle cum
    radio shop, the jewelers/pawnshop, the chandlers, Diamond cafe,
    champion sports and as you say the offie round the corner. Pretty
    much the only origional shop left is Longstaffes.
    It is real eyesore area now, a real shame



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    Lindylou says: yes, I remember all of those.

    .. and what about Anne Rowleys - we used to save up our pocket money in her Christams club. I always remember the smell of cigars when you went in -Anne's husband Charlie used to smoke them.
    I noticed not so long ago, the old shop frontage was exposed showing the old name 'Anne Rowleys' - a sad reminder of better days.

    Townsend lane used to be thriving and you could do your weeks shopping there without having to go up Breck rd. There was every shop you could want including a sewing machine shop (by Longstaffs) - I think they may have been a tailors too. There were fruit shops, grocers, butchers, newsagents, chandlers, and as you say even a watchmakers & clock shop ( was the family name Coffee ?) there was a cafe, and a dry cleaners (Sunray dry cleaning).

    How sad to see that lane in it's current depressing state. The soul gone out of it, and what remains is half derelict.

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    Steveb those two photos of Townsend has really upset me. I didn,t realise it was so run down there now. I used to live up by Richmond Park, a wee bit further up towards town and still have friends and relatives in the area.

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    Some great pics there steveb. I like ordinary street shots, similar to what Ainscough done, it's not all about the grand and the great. I have over 700 pub shots here http://pic7.piczo.com/inacityliving/?g=41057337 with a 2nd page under construction, also others on industry and flats. Any you can help me on, especially if demolished or now under a change of use would be greatly appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Some great pics there steveb. I like ordinary street shots, similar to what Ainscough done, it's not all about the grand and the great. I have over 700 pub shots here http://pic7.piczo.com/inacityliving/?g=41057337 with a 2nd page under construction, also others on industry and flats. Any you can help me on, especially if demolished or now under a change of use would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for comments. Must admit Iam not one for arty farty pic,s
    I like people to see things as they are.. I will see what I have in my
    files and any suitable will pass to you copyright free

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    Thanking you in anticipation Steve. Some street scenes of rows of shops say in Breck road, Smithdown, the High street etc that i've taken - they change hands or close down and re-open so often that they'll one day mean something to someone and there's some great architecture on even the most mundane looking buildings at first glance - a lot more character than the red brick stuff they throw up in uniform style these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveb View Post
    Another entry for my," Grotspots", this should be Grotarea
    Townsend lne by Lower Breck Rd
    Years ago this used to be a great area, I remember what is nlow
    the health club(closed) used to be an ice cream parlour.



    This shot is on the corner of Toensend and Lower Breck.
    The name was origionaly the Cockwell Inn, no seriously, but
    they changed it for obvious reasons.


    Who would have thought Townsend lane - once a thriving shopping area, would end up like this.
    Here are some more pics to add to SteveB's -

    1st 2 pics this is derelict land where shops used to be. (we call it the 'field of dreams !!') .. and notice 'Pizza Delight !!' (what a delight it is too !!) 3rd pic is where the Cobblers & Sayers was; the next pic is where Thompsons the wallpaper & paints shop was - it was recently opened as a newsagents but closed after just a couple of months. The last pic is of the block which had grocers and fruitshop.
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    and 2 more -

    1st pic, 2nd house the Citizens Advice centre was here.
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    Thanks for the extra pic,s of Townsend. Apart from a few months
    living in Speke I lived in Winchester Rd up until 1964, andTownsend
    was a great road with every type of shop you would ever need.
    The pic showing what used to be Sayers, you can just see a bit of
    LLoyds chemist which was Mrs Jonses.

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    Yes, our mothers would get a weeks shopping on that lane without having to venture any further.

    It's a very depressing sight now.

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    Shame the way they have let Breck road go.
    Its always been a bit of a scruffy shopping area but at least the shops were open!
    I have a clip of Jukebox Records from when it was on the corner.
    I used to buy some of my records there.
    When going for trainees it was Addidas Kick from champion sports and go and get a pastie and doughnut from sayers while waiting for either the 17,15 and 14 bus.The weather seemed warmer then too.

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    I wonder do the grotspots outweigh the good spots

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    Quote Originally Posted by chippie View Post
    I wonder do the grotspots outweigh the good spots
    I reckon away from the city center they do.
    Money needs to be spent elsewhere other than town (city center).

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