London Road at Fraser Street - 1966
So much to see here for those familiar with it.
John Collier - John Collier - the window to watch. There were quite a few tailors and clothes shops on the once bustling London Road.
Sampson & Barlow's Peppermint Lounge is on the opposite corner and had an upstairs function room, the club part of it having been called Gullivers and Trophies at various times in its lift-time. The window cleaners cart, Anglia Estate and Austin Cambridge add to the flavour, oh and those old overhanging road signs.
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Originally Posted by Ged
My sister had her wedding reception upstairs in Sampson & Barlow... got a few pics somewhere, I remember the day well.. it was in the same room apparently that was The Peppermint Lounge...The Beatles played there when it was The Cassanova Club....
on 11th,14th,16th,21st & 28th Feb & 7th & 12th March 1961 by all accounts..
Trophies night club and pool hall was owned by my good mate and fellow Merseyside county pool team player Les Oulton...
I got free practise when I was captain of the Merseyside pool team...Les also played for my pool team in The Pontack outside Gerard Gardens.....the nightclub part was great, the opening night was a fantastic night...I literally played pool all day in there and then made myself at home in the night club later.... courtesy of my mate Les of course..
The place on the left next door to the club in the photo later became the Yan-Yan...
the place to go for a chinese meal after a night on the town..
a regular haunt full of the same faces every week....all the lads and gals from Gerard Gardens
and the 4 squares on Soho St... happy days with great memories of them places....
Thanks for showing the pic Ged..
Great memories Gerard.
I remember getting my made to measure suit in Burtons, just down below on the same side !
If my memory serves me right, was'nt there a Burtons on the corner of Norton Street and London Rd as well?
Originally Posted by Samp
That was Colliers. And a few doors away was L&C Weatherwear, which was vacated in about 1974 when it moved to St Johns Precinct. I remember this as my mum was the manager there. I worked not far away in St Anne Street. There was also an opticians called Walsby next to Colliers. I think Burtons took over Colliers in the mid-70s so you're not far off the mark!
I remember sometime in the mid 70s there was a refurb at Sampson and Barlow. To save closing the restaurant, all of the material from the rip out of the function suites was dumped on the top floor which was then sealed off. Because of the weight, the ceiling below had to be supported with acro props which were boxed in to look like ornamental pillars. It looked a right cowboy job and fire hazzard.
I haven't been that way in a long while, is it still standing?
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