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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Yes, okay, thanks for that valuable information. But is Colin's Bridewell the present-day name of the place or is that what it was called in Dickens' time? I assume the former is the case.

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    Hi I found this "the man behind this vision of down-to-earth gastronomy is none other than film and TV producer Colin McKeown (early Brookside, Liverpool One, Liam, Nice Guy Eddie)." Source

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    "The Bridewell (Argyle/Campbell Street)

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    Located within the midst of the warehouses in the Duke Street area, the Bridewell, or Police Station, dates from c.1850. Although the Old Dock constructed nearby was redundant by this time, the Bridewell was constructed near the new docks and near the main lodging areas for the sailors. It is of brick with stone dressings and a slate roof. The building is of two storeys and three bays, with the centre bay projecting to form the base of a short tower. The ground floor windows have stone lintols, and all windows are vertically sliding sashes with glazing bars. The entrance has a rusticated architrave with a lion's head to the keystone and a stone plaque above. The roof is hipped, with that to the tower having a finial. A later ventilation tower to the rear was constructed to vent the ground floor cells, which are windowless and reached through an iron door. Closely surrounding the building is a wall of brick, approximately 12 feet in height with a rounded stone coping. The bevelled corner is surmounted by an iron lamp-holder above a plain doorway." Source

    No mention of a name though.

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    For a short period of time Charles Dickens lived in No 11 Ordnance Terrace in Chatham Kent. The house has a plaque with the infor on it saying 'Charles Dickens Lived here'
    We lived just up the road in Rochester Street and a house further up the road, No 11, also had a plaque on it saying 'Charles Dickens never ever lived here'. Tourists getting mixed up with street names and the fact that most of his work was in the city of 'Rochester'
    There is a great show in Rochester every year = The Dickens Festival'. Well worth going to see if you are ever down that way = Nice Cathederal and Castle, well worth a vistit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phredd View Post
    For a short period of time Charles Dickens lived in No 11 Ordnance Terrace in Chatham Kent. The house has a plaque with the infor on it saying 'Charles Dickens Lived here'
    We lived just up the road in Rochester Street and a house further up the road, No 11, also had a plaque on it saying 'Charles Dickens never ever lived here'. Tourists getting mixed up with street names and the fact that most of his work was in the city of 'Rochester'
    There is a great show in Rochester every year = The Dickens Festival'. Well worth going to see if you are ever down that way = Nice Cathederal and Castle, well worth a vistit.
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    Hi Phredd

    Thanks for this. Indeed, there's no doubt whatsoever that Charles Dickens' major identification is with Rochester and Chatham despite his globetrotting activities as a travelling lecturer. Thus, the sites associated with him in Rochester and the new Charles Dickens theme park in Chatham.

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    Have not been back there for a few years now. All the wifes family have passed on so we have no need.
    Nice to know they are giving somthing to the town. The theme park sounds a great idea
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    There still remains over half of the original 'Dickens' streets, between Upper Warwick Street and Upper Park Street...named in his honour.

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    Colins Bridewell, I beleive have or used to have a drama night, short plays storys, acting, monologues. Perhaps, they are doing a Dickens theme night?
    Dingle Community Theatre are doing a number of short plays to commemorate Dickens association with Liverpool. I will post the plays and venues when I have more info! One is at Our Lady Mount Carmel Club, one at Windsor street Library, ( built by Carnegie, and opened by him) And a final night at Liverpool Community College Myrtle Street, where all the plays will be performed.

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    Charles Dickens and Liverpool

    • Dickens’ first visit to Liverpool was in 1842 when he stayed at the Adelphi Hotel.

    • In 1844 he chaired the annual Christmas Soiree at Liverpool’s Mechanics Institute. During this visit he researched the characteristics of people living in Whitechapel.

    • On his final visit to Liverpool in 1860 he was made an honorary member of the Literary and Philosophical Society. A public banquet was held in his honour at the Town Hall.

    • Dickens’ inspiration for his novel The Uncommercial Traveller was based on his research at Liverpool Docks and his visits to the workhouse on Brownlow Hill.

    • Dickens’ final words on stage were: “From these garish lights I vanish now for evermore.” Three months later, in 1870, he died.

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    There is also the penny readings as well at the museum or art gallery (At Christmas) in William Brown St where tutors from the uni read Dicken's work live.

    Entrance costs one penny!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walden View Post
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    • On his final visit to Liverpool in 1860 he was made an honorary member of the Literary and Philosophical Society. A public banquet was held in his honour at the Town Hall.

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    Joseph Sharples says the Bridewell (recently Colins Bridewell, but since renamed) was built in 1861.
    Sharples is usually very reliable, although older sources have put the Bridewell as c1850.
    I'd lay money that because Sharples is so precise about the date, that he's right, so if 1860 was Dickens last visit to Liverpool there can't be a connection to Colin's Bridewell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkA View Post
    Page 3 of the following link...http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/Images/tcm21-32267.pdf...shows that the station Dickens served as a policeman was at the junction of Argyle Street/York Street/Lydia Ann Street.
    Colin's Bridewell is on Campbell Street. As I mentioned above, the station Dickens served is marked on page 3 (No.35) of the site that's linked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkA View Post
    Colin's Bridewell is on Campbell Street. As I mentioned above, the station Dickens served is marked on page 3 (No.35) of the site that's linked.
    I've just had to download Adobe to see that map.
    Personally, I think they've put the number on the wrong corner.
    Campbell Street is only on the next corner, and there wouldn't have been two Police Stations so close together.
    Besides, it would only have been some sort of honourary position for Dickens.

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    Thanx all for look for info

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    For immediate release Thursday, June 7 2007

    In the footsteps of Dickens



    Armistead Maupin to visit Liverpool’s St George’s Hall

    Renowned author will appear as part of Homotopia festival

    Tickets on sale now


    BRITAIN'S favourite gay author is set to make a rare appearance at St George’s Hall.

    Armistead Maupin – who last year was voted the country’s most popular author in the Big Gay Read – will read from his new novel, ‘Michael Tolliver Lives’, and talk about his life and work, at a special event organised by Liverpool’s gay arts festival, Homotopia, on July 4.

    Often compared to Charles Dickens, Maupin will appear in the newly refurbished Small Concert Room – the same venue where Dickens took part in the famed ‘Penny Readings’ in the mid-nineteenth century.

    His Liverpool appearance is the first date in a national tour, and the only major event outside London. Best known for his series ‘Tales of the City’, which was adapted for television, Maupin is widely regarded as one of America’s greatest living gay writers.

    Gary Everett, Homotopia Festival Director, said: “I am thrilled that such a high profile author has agreed to attend this special one-off event and give a reading at the festival.

    “Armistead Maupin has also kindly agreed to attend several community events in the day, before taking part in what promises to be a glittering occasion in the grand surroundings of the Small Concert Room.”

    Amongst the community projects that Maupin will visit while he is in Liverpool is the Armistead Centre – the gay health project that was named in his honour.

    Homotopia, which is supported by the Liverpool Culture Company, celebrates its fourth birthday in 2007. Although it is responsible for events throughout the year, the main focus of the programme is in November. The festival celebrated a massively successful year in 2006, with audiences of more than 6,500 attending a wide selection of events in genres including theatre, film, art, and heritage.

    Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool city council, said: “Homotopia is a fantastic example of a homegrown arts festival that has developed into a major event on Liverpool’s cultural calendar.

    “It’s a great reflection of the vibrancy of the city’s arts sector.”

    Tickets for the Armistead Maupin event are on sale now, priced at £6 each, available from Unity Theatre, (0151) 709 4988; or News From Nowhere, (0151) 708 7270. Doors open at 6pm, the event begins at 7pm.

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    Homotopia 2007 takes place from November 1 to 18. For more information visit www.homotopia.net

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    St George’s Hall was re-opened on April 23 2007 (St George’s Day) following a £23m, five-year renovation programme, which included the restoration of the Small Concert Room.

    Liverpool Culture Company is delivering Liverpool’s 800th anniversary celebrations in 2007 and co-ordinating the 2008 European Capital of Culture programme.


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    For more information, please contact Helen Johnson, on (0151) 233 4032 or 07725 150 738.

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    I thought all big police stations were called bridewells, if not what makes a police station a police station.and a bridewell a bridewell?the cop shop in dale street.(Where one pays ones fines)is I think a briewell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardo View Post
    I thought all big police stations were called bridewells, if not what makes a police station a police station.and a bridewell a bridewell?the cop shop in dale street.(Where one pays ones fines)is I think a briewell.
    Bridewell means prison (also reformatory), so, presumably police stations with cells were called Bridewells.
    Both the Everton and Wavertree lock-ups were Bridewells, but not police stations.
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