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    It was built as a railway hotel anyway. Trains where the reason for its existence.


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    Have they opened up the steps/plaza in front of Lime St Station next to this hotel yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    its now halls of residence for students.
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    Just had a thought...It prolly failed as an hotel because of the noise from the trains coming and going?
    Fine photograph, Spike. Thanks for sharing it with us. I have no doubt that as a hotel it did a roaring trade. At the time it was built, railway hotels were quite common and probably very convenient for travellers including commercial salesmen coming to do work in Liverpool... they were not choosy where they laid their heads.

    Another British railway hotel, London's Charing Cross Hotel has some connection with the theory about Liverpool's James Maybrick having perhaps been Jack the Ripper:

    "The Thistle Charing Cross Hotel has welcomed many, many esteemed guests in its 140 years and most interestingly one particular scoundrel. When he wasn’t out murdering prostitutes, it is thought that Jack the Ripper stayed here. Enthusiasts believe that ‘Jack’ was at least two people and amongst the tantalising clues that suspects left for bamboozled detectives was a bag, apparently discarded by a fleeing Mr Mibrac (a likely nom de poignard of James Maybrick) in the hotel full of incriminating evidence: scraps of inappropriate clothing and personal effects, despite such hints to his (their) identity ‘Jack’ was never arrested and could still be at large..." From url=http://www.coventgarden.uk.com/featureshistory/fh_streets.php?c_id=street&street=81&submit=Go&sub mitted=TRUE

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    I think it was that fella who was the surgeon.
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    Here's an oldun


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    Quote Originally Posted by underworld View Post
    Here's an oldun

    I remember when that photograph was taken!!!

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    Post WW2 they were going to pull it down and build modern buildings. It was not a hotel for long. Most of the time it has been largely empty.

    I can't see it ever being a hotel again, as the city is moving onto the waterfront.
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    I am informed it might well have been the depression that closed it for business in 1933. The Owen Owen building by W. Aubrey Thomas was built as a hotel but was changed to a department store instead in 1925.

    How many hotels were built or opened between 1933 and St. Georges on the Precinct?
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    Pictures of the inside of the building:

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    First time I seen the inside, it looks good.

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    Its true name was "North-Western Hotel"

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Its true name was "North-Western Hotel"
    Yes, I only ever knew it by this name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    I am informed it might well have been the depression that closed it for business in 1933. The Owen Owen building by W. Aubrey Thomas was built as a hotel but was changed to a department store instead in 1925.

    How many hotels were built or opened between 1933 and St. Georges on the Precinct?

    Thanks for this, Ged.
    I knew it had closed in the 1930s, but didn't know when.
    I can't think of any hotels being built in the city centre since the Adelphi (1916).
    (Apart from the Owen Owen building which you mention).
    St George's opened in 1971.
    The Centre (Lord Nelson Street) opened round about that time, but I don't have a date for it.
    The Atlantic Tower was 1973.

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    Your welcome Quentin, my usual source is very very good and glad you concur with it.
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