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    This may seem like a strange thread, but foot scrapers (I don't know if they have a more technical term!) are rapidly disappearing.

    I walk along Hope Street daily and have seen quite a few.
    These are some I took a while ago, I think they are on the block just after Blackburne Place.
    (Will find out on Monday!)




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    There was one on a house close to mine many years ago but I think they got rid of it. They would always paint it a gaudy orange colour
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark R View Post
    There was one on a house close to mine many years ago but I think they got rid of it. They would always paint it a gaudy orange colour
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    I think alot of old terraced streets still have them.

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    I'm sure I've seen a Liverbird one in Canning Street.

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    excellent thread once again, i'll have a look out.
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    The need for footscrapers illustrates just how dirty the streets were in the 18/19c, when they were badly drained, muddy and covered in horse droppings. I don't know about Liverpool but poor children in London were able to make a few pennies by sweeping a path for people wanting to cross, using a brush made from twigs or rags and being rewarded with a coin. The phrase
    "sweeps" then referred to people from the lowest end of the social scale.

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