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    Hey everyone

    I've had a good search around the forum for similar threads, and can't find anything much along similar lines.

    I was hoping someone could shed some light on my situation - I've just finished university in liverpool and love the place; i've been offered some employment here and really want to stay! Originally i'm from Newcastle so quite used to Northern ways of doing stuff and Liverpool seems kind of similar in many respects, which is what I like about it.

    At the moment I live in Falkner Square, but it's far too expensive - i've found a really nice house in the Dingle, on one of the streets next to the river, running between Grafton Street and Cockburn Street. Been and had a look at the place, lovely little house and the area looks very well kept with nothing boarded up, houses with flower pots outside etc.


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    I was just wondering if I could get peoples opinions on that part of liverpool, and what the transport and stuff is like round there....Is it safe enough to walk to town and back? Am I going to get broken into/mugged?

    Sorry if i sound ignorant, and sorry if i've offended any residents by even asking this question! I'm a Liverpool newbie

    Many thanks all,

    Chris.

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    Ah, I've got lots of family in Newcastle, welcome!

    Nothing wrong in where you are planning on living. You are just as likely to get mugged in the more 'posh' parts of Liverpool as you are anywhere these days but it is very rare in reality.

    You're a stones throw from Riverside Drive which the No 1 bus (or at least it was when i used it) will take you right in to town.

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    The 1 doesn't go to Riverside Drive any more. Not sure where it does go to be honest. Its the 48a now!

    You would also be handy for Brunswick train station.

    I've walked through that area many times without any hassle.

    Never lived there though.

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    Lived in Badminton street for 20 years

    Its a safe and friendly place to live. I've never had any bother, the alley gates have done well stoping break ins and as anoying as they are all the speed bumps have slowed the cars right down so ya dont see as many kids bouncin off bonets as ya used to.

    Gangs of kids do apear now and again but usually just outside the offey on mill street on a friday night.

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    I've been to The Dingle, visiting and never found it a problem. The friend i have there say's he loves it. I agree with Cadfael about getting mugged in 'posh' places. It's a chance you take ANYWHERE. Good luck on your decision
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    I live just below in city quay, Its a nice area, great for walking down to town along the front, not too far from greens gym or the train station and i think the bus along riverside drive is now the 82A. The only thing i could say i have a problem with is the lack of decent shops. There's Il Baicno down by the navy base which is a nice Italian restaurant/shop which is pretty good. Then there is the corner shop off one of the roads or there are more corner shops up by park road way.
    The kids try and congregate on the Herculaneum steps sometimes to have a drink but the police normally turn up pretty quick to move em on.

    Other than that i know a few people who live on the top and they have been there for years. Its a nice community up there and the views are pretty good too.

    Hope that helps

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    The Dingle is quite a large place.
    I live there and am nowhere near the places mentioned above.
    But I agree that there's nothing basically wrong with the area.
    Lots of shops near me, but no stations.
    (Apart from the Overhead!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbodeas View Post
    - i've found a really nice house in the Dingle, on one of the streets next to the river, running between Grafton Street and Cockburn Street. Been and had a look at the place, lovely little house and the area looks very well kept with nothing boarded up, houses with flower pots outside etc.


    Chris.

    My aunty lives in one of these streets - the streets that run down towards the river. They look nice with the plants and the houses are well kept. It is a nice little area around there and seems to be tucked away from the busier parts. You can usually get a good idea of the area when you see the houses are clean and well kept - the neighbours having pride in their environment.
    Great views there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turbodeas View Post
    Hey everyone


    I was just wondering if I could get peoples opinions on that part of liverpool, and what the transport and stuff is like round there....Is it safe enough to walk to town and back? Am I going to get broken into/mugged?


    Many thanks all,

    Chris.
    The 107 and 207 buses pass along close by Mill Street and will take you right into the city centre ( Gt Charlotte St). The other way the 207 goes to Penny Lane via Lark Lane, Sefton Park and Allerton road. The houses you are thinking of living in are amongst the last of their type to have been built in Liverpool before WW1; so you've been spared the pebble dash exteriors of post WW1 property !!!
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    I didn't realise pebble-dash was looked down on!
    Up till now, I loved my little house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    I didn't realise pebble-dash was looked down on!
    Up till now, I loved my little house.
    Pebbledash tends to fall off !!!

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    It's a good area, or was 20 years ago, we carried out plenty of improvements to the houses running down to grafton street, elswick, sandbeck, cockburn, malwood etc... don't know if you are planning to rent or buy but just be careful as every house has subsided somewhat, all the front door frames are between an inch and 2 inches out or plumb, its as if they are all falling towards the river, we used to have problems when we replaced the frames and put them in plumb as they looked terrible because the rest of the house was leaning over

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    Quote Originally Posted by taffy View Post
    Pebbledash tends to fall off !!!
    You mean like the Sphynx's nose?

    Fwiw, I was born in the Dingle and lived there until I was 14. Went to school at Upper Park St and Welly Rd. I still have family and friends there so I'm probably biased, but I'd recommend the Dingle to anyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scouse mouse View Post
    You mean like the Sphynx's nose?
    That was knocked off. British soldiers used it for a cannon target at one time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    That was knocked off. British soldiers used it for a cannon target at one time.
    I read somewhere that that was a myth Waterways.

    It does sound a bit unlikely.
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    Hi all,

    A big thankyou to everyone for your responses - it's sounding more and more likely i'm gonna move there, everyone seems so positive about the place!

    Does anyone know if the number 82 is 24 hours?

    Cheers,

    Chris.

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    Lived here all my life, apart from a short stint in Oz, place has lots of character and characters! You're not too far from Brunswick station, down the steps to Riverside drive, and the 48a goes all the way to Southport. The 1 and the 4 go from Brunswick Station, on Mill St, you can get 130, and 103, but check the times! You have some nice walks on the waterfront, or in the parks. If your youngish ! you can walk into town in 20-30 minutes, and some decent little pubs around too!! R. Soles live everywhere these days, but doesnt seem as bad down here.

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    I have two cousins who stayed off the Park Road area. I know at least one of them is very happy there. They have totally re-modeled a few times but they have a lovely home and great neighbours.
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    Smile dingle great place to live

    The area being referd to is The Shore Fields between Cockburn st and Grafton st ,it's the area were the tv show BREAD was made ,i think they used to be called the WELSH houses being built by welsh contractors and or material, ,joe

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    I thought they were called the Welsh houses as they all had Welsh names same as other groups, the Holy Land, Charles Dickens group, the Garden (Rose St, Daffodil St. e.g.
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    One and the same really, the Welsh contractors who built them tended to give them Welsh names too and in fact there are around 20 streets off County Road, L4 that spell out the name of the Welsh building contracting firm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joe scouse View Post
    The area being referd to is The Shore Fields between Cockburn st and Grafton st ,it's the area were the tv show BREAD was made ,i think they used to be called the WELSH houses being built by welsh contractors and or material, ,joe
    Shorefields street names have no pattern and certainly not Welsh. The Welsh Streets are in a large block from Windsor St/Admiral St - South St - Upper Warwick St - Princes Rd. Ringo lived there, in two of them.

    The Holy Land is a group of streets between Mill Street and Park Rd. There was no pubs along Mill St or Park Rd in the Holy Land, except one, The Pineapple on Park Rd/Moses St, which was there well before the streets, being an Inn when Park RD was rural. That section of Mill St was always odd and always lacked something - the pubs.

    Dickens is a block from Windsor St - Park Rd - Upper Warwick and North Hill St. One part of the block was demolished so the border is now Northumberland St not North Hill St. John Lennon's uncle lived in now demolished Copperfield St and he was a regular visitor, staying there.

    Most of Liverpool was built by the Welsh and virtually all Bootle. Well Wales is next door.

    Ged is Referring "Owen Hargreaves" off County Rd to Goodison Rd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    Most of Liverpool was built by the Welsh and virtually all Bootle. Well Wales is next door.

    Ged is Referring "Owen Hargreaves" off County Rd to Goodison Rd.
    Well, I was referring to Owen and William Elias actually as Owen Hargreaves plays for Man Utd and England but is currently out injured (probably due to all that bricklaying )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Well, I was referring to Owen and William Elias actually
    I knew that. I don't know where Hargreaves came in. I am glad he is out injured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    Shorefields street names have no pattern and certainly not Welsh. The Welsh Streets are in a large block from Windsor St/Admiral St - South St - Upper Warwick St - Princes Rd. Ringo lived there, in two of them.

    The Holy Land is a group of streets between Mill Street and Park Rd. There was no pubs along Mill St or Park Rd in the Holy Land, except one, The Pineapple on Park Rd/Moses St, which was there well before the streets, being an Inn when Park RD was rural. That section of Mill St was always odd and always lacked something - the pubs.

    Dickens is a block from Windsor St - Park Rd - Upper Warwick and North Hill St. One part of the block was demolished so the border is now Northumberland St not North Hill St. John Lennon's uncle lived in now demolished Copperfield St and he was a regular visitor, staying there

    Most of Liverpool was built by the Welsh and virtually all Bootle. Well Wales is next door.

    Ged is Referring "Owen Hargreaves" off County Rd to Goodison Rd.
    You are right. I lived with my Gran in the Welsh Streets, Ringo lived a few streets away, as he was older than me we did not actually chat till we were teens. The Welsh streets are off Admiral Street. I lived (with my parents) in Micawber Street and our back yard door opened onto the back yard door of the house where Lennon's dad had lived in Copperfield Street with the uncle of John. It was off High Park street.

    I used to pass the Holy Land going to St. Finbar's. I remember Jacob St. Isaac Street and Moses St.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Arthur Askey was born in Moses Street.
    Billy Fury lived virtually opposite across Park Rd - I forget the name of the street. Gerry Marsden was off South Hill Rd in Menzies St. At the bottom of Park Rd at the Dingle the script writer for Morcambe and Wise lived, Eddie Braben (?).

    George Melly lived not far away at Lark Lane - Ivanhoe Rd.
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