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Results that match your search: 46

Liverpool, history, liverpool-l1-the-mersey-in-the-age-of-war
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Mersey in the Age of War , Centre-Town, L.1 - 1843

 

  REF: 4918


Liverpool, history, liverpool-l1-mechanics-institute-mount-street-1843
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Mechanics Institute Mount Street, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1843

 

  REF: 4902


Liverpool, history, liverpool-l1-mariners-church-1830-11.2x7.5-300
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Mariners' Church , Centre-Town, L.1 - 1830

 

  REF: 4901


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l23-crosby-windmill-engine-moor-lane-1902
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Windmill Moor Lane, Crosby, L23 - 1902

 

  REF: 4524


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l23-crosby-windmill-moor-lane-1922
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Windmill Moor Lane, Crosby, L23 - 1922

 

  REF: 4523


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l23-crosby-windmill-moor-lane-1919
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Windmill Moor Lane, Crosby, L23 - 1919

 

  REF: 4522


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l23-crosby-windmill-moor-lane-1915
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Windmill Moor Lane, Crosby, L23 - 1915

 

  REF: 4521


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l23-crosby-windmill-moor-lane-1910
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Windmill Moor Lane, Crosby, L23 - 1910

 

  REF: 4520


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l23-crosby-windmill-moor-lane-1902
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Windmill Moor Lane, Crosby, L23 - 1902

 

  REF: 4519


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l23-crosby-windmill-moor-lane-1900
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Windmill Moor Lane, Crosby, L23 - 1900

 

  REF: 4518


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l23-crosby-windmill-moor-lane-1897
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Windmill Moor Lane, Crosby, L23 - 1897

 

  REF: 4517


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l13-tuebrook-house-mill-bank-c1900
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Tuebrook House Mill Bank, , L13 - 1900

 

  REF: 4360


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l11-the-bowling-greens-muirhead-avenue-west-derby-1930
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Bowling Greens Muirhead Avenue, West Derby, L11 - 1930

 

  REF: 4355


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l7-gymnasium-myrtle-street-1865
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Gymnasium Myrtle Street, Fairfield, L.7 - 1865

 

  REF: 4246


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l7-myrtle-street-orphan-asylum-1864
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Orphan Asylum Myrtle Street, Fairfield, L.7 - 1864

 

  REF: 4245


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l5-maguire-street-1843
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Maguire Street, Vauxhall, L.5 - 1843

 

  REF: 4219


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l3-the-wellington-rooms-mount-pleasant-1839
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Wellington Rooms Mount Pleasant, Centre-Town, L.3 - 1839

  As described in "Smith's Strangers Guide to Liverpool" in the year 1843

THE WELLINGTON ROOMS were erected in 1815, by subscription, according to the design of Mr. Edmund Aikin, of London, for the purpose of holding public assemblies, balls, &c. The building is situated at the corner of Mount Pleasant and Great Orford-street, and it has a stone front without windows.

The centre has a circular portico supported by four Corinthian columns. The interior is tastefully arranged, and contains a ball-room, 80 feet by 37 feet ; a card-room 41 feet by 25 feet; a supper-room 50 feet by 25 feet, and other apartments.

  REF: 4168


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l3-notre-dame-mount-pleasant-serpentine-walk-c1900
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Notre Dame Serpentine Walk Mount Pleasant, Centre-Town, L.3 - 1900

 

  REF: 4159


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l3-mount-pleasant-william-roscoe-birthplace-1843
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: William Roscoe Birthplace Mount Pleasant, Centre-Town, L.3 - 1843

  As described in "A History of Liverpool" in the year 1907

Born in 1753, the son of an innkeeper in Mount Pleasant, Roscoe's formal education lasted only till the age of twelve, when he returned to work in his father's market garden, and, later, to earn his livelihood in the arid atmosphere of a lawyer's office. Yet by the time he was twenty he had acquired a reading knowledge of Latin, French and Italian, was revelling in the history and literature of fifteenth century Italy, had taught himself to etch, and was studying with eagerness the history of the fine arts. Already he had been captivated by that enthusiasm for Florence and its great citizen-prince, Lorenzo de Medici, which subsequently led him to write the life of his hero, and to win the applause of Europe.

Roscoe's historical writings have not stood the test of time ; but one aspect of them retains an inspiring interest. In this writer the historian and the citizen are never dissociated. What drew him to Florence and Lorenzo was that in Florence he saw a great commercial city, as great in its own age as Liverpool in this, but a city which was inspired by the love of beauty, which was the nurse of poets and scholars and artists ; a city in which it was an inspiration to live, whose very atmosphere stimulated and inspired the finest aspirations of its citizens ; a city which for that reason, and not at all because of the magnitude of its commerce, has earned an imperishable fame. Poignant as was the contrast between Florence and Liverpool, it gave a zest at once to Roscoe's historical studies and to his political activities. He found in Florence at once refreshment from the brutal materialism of his native town, and inspiration for the attempt to breathe into it a new spirit.

  REF: 4158


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l3-mount-pleasant-bowling-green-house-1843
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: William Roscoe Birthplace Mount Pleasant, Centre-Town, L.3 - 1843

 

  REF: 4157


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l3-mount-pleasant-william-roscoe-birthplace-1753
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: William Roscoe Birthplace Mount Pleasant, Centre-Town, L.3 - 1753

  As described in "Bygone Liverpool" in the year 1913

THE inn was situated in Mount Pleasant in days when Mount Pleasant stood outside the town, and was an eminence where one might linger to enjoy the prospect, or rest on the farm gates to watch the dusty carts descend into the town.

At the summit of the hill, near the corner of the road, stood this quaint hostelry, which presents few architectural attractions, and certainly would not find a place here if it had not been the birthplace of one of Liverpool's most eminent citizens, and of one who was distinguished on every side of life he touched - as a husband, father, scholar, poet, citizen, and lover of fine arts. The inn was much frequented, not only for the refreshment it afforded, but for the recreation of the bowling-green and the attractiveness of its large garden, for William Roscoe's father eked out his small income by the cultivation of an extensive market garden. William Roscoe, in a letter to a friend, alludes to the drawing here reproduced, and says, " I was born on the 8th day of March 1753, at the Old Bowling-Green House on Mount Pleasant, one of the oldest houses yet standing in Liverpool, and of which an excellent drawing by that rising artist, Austin, is engraved."

This is not the place to attempt a full account of William Roscoe's long and useful life, nor even to print a list of all his published works. Briefly stated, he helped his father in the market garden until 1769, after which he was articled to John Eyes, Jun., and then to Peter Ellames, attorneys in Liverpool, being admitted an attorney in 1774. In 1777 he published "Mount Pleasant: a Descriptive Poem," and in 1793 John MacCreery began to print the "Life of Lorenzo de Medici," which was published in Liverpool in 1795. The following year he retired from his profession and purchased Allerton Hall. He entered the Bank of Messrs. William Clarke and Sons in the year 1800 as partner, and in October 1806 was elected Member of Parliament for his native town. In politics he was a Whig, and was strongly in favour of the abolition of slavery. In 1816 Roscoe's bank suspended payment, and to satisfy in part the claims he sold his books and his collection of prints and pictures. A selection of his books was purchased by friends, and now forms a portion of the Roscoe Collection in the Athenaeum Library.

The " Life and Pontificate of Leo the Tenth " was published in Liverpool in 1805. The author died at his house in Lodge Lane on June 30, 1831, and was buried in the burial-ground attached to the Unitarian Chapel, Renshaw Street, Liverpool.

  REF: 4156


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l3-mount-pleasant-botanic-gardens-c1907
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Botanic Gardens Mount Pleasant, Centre-Town, L.3 - 1907

 

  REF: 4155


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l3-mount-pleasant-botanic-gardens-c1803
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Botanic Gardens Mount Pleasant, Centre-Town, L.3 - 1803

  As described in "A History of Liverpool" in the year 1907

Of Roscoe's manifold political interests and work, this is no place to tell. But something must be said of the group of new institutions for the creation of an intellectual life in Liverpool which were carried out by him and his group of friends, and for which his historical studies provided much of the inspiration. The various attempts to found an organisation for the promotion of the fine arts always had Roscoe for their principal supporter. He and his friends were the creators of the Athenaeum, a library for scholars, opened in 1799.

The Botanic Gardens, at first established at the top of Mount Pleasant, owed their existence to him ; they were the first institution for the encouragement of scientific studies established in Liverpool.

  REF: 4154


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l3-mount-pleasant-1843
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Mount Pleasant, Centre-Town, L.3 - 1843

  As described in "A History of Liverpool" in the year 1907

In 1725 John Chadwick drew up the first surveyed map of Liverpool, for which he was rewarded by a grant of 6 from the Town Council. This map shows thirty-seven streets in existence, and presents a marked contrast to the map of fifty years before, which might serve for almost any period in Liverpool history before the eighteenth century.

The Pool has vanished, and the Old Dock (on the site of the modern Custom-house*) has taken its place. But there is as yet little building south of the old line of the Pool ; while to the north the limits of the house-covered area still extend only to the Old Hall.

George Perry's map of 1769 shows a remarkable growth. Church Street and Ranelagh Street were well built up ; Duke Street and Hanover Street were full of fine houses ; houses with big gardens occupied Mount Pleasant ; and a dense mass of building was spreading along the riverside southwards. To the north expansion was slower, but building had extended as far as the modern canal basin.

*Now the site of Liverpool One

  REF: 4153


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l2-moor-street-tithebarn-street-old-mansion-1843
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Old Mansion Moor Street, Tithebarn Street, Centre-Town, L.2 - 1843

 

  REF: 4088


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l2-moor-street-tithebarn-street-custom-house-1843
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Old Custom House Moor Street, Tithebarn Street, Centre-Town, L.2 - 1843

  Liverpool's second Custom House.

  REF: 4087


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l2-mersey-tunnel-plan-c1890
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Mersey Tunnel Plan , Centre-Town, L.2 - 1890

 

  REF: 4079


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l2-market-2-1890
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Market Liverpool, Centre-Town, L.2 - 1890

 

  REF: 4076


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l2-market-1890
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Market Liverpool, Centre-Town, L.2 - 1890

 

  REF: 4075


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l1-view-on-the-mersey-c1900
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: View on the Mersey Liverpool, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1900

 

  REF: 4002


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l1-the-mersey-tunnel
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Mersey Tunnel Old Haymarket, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1955

 

  REF: 3980


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l1-on-the-mersey-c1900
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: On the Mersey Liverpool, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1900

 

  REF: 3856


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l1-municipal-tower-view-1923
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: View from the Municipal Buildings Liverpool, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1923

 

  REF: 3846


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l1-municipal-buildings-view-3-1913
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: View from the Municipal Buildings Liverpool, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1913

 

  REF: 3845


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l1-municipal-buildings-view-2-1913
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: View from the Municipal Buildings Liverpool, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1913

 

  REF: 3844


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l1-municipal-buildings-view-1913
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: View from the Municipal Buildings Liverpool, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1913

 

  REF: 3843


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l1-history-volunteer-games-1862
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Liverpool Olympic Festival Mount Vernon, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1862

  Widely held to be the blueprint and forerunner of the modern olympics, the events included the 120 yards, 300 yards, 11/2 miles races, the four miles walk, the pole leap, the high jump and the disc throw.

  REF: 3790


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l1-history-the-frozen-mersey-1895
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: The Frozen Mersey , Centre-Town, L.1 - 1895

  The severe winter of 1894-5 saw the Mersey freeze over and by the end of February it was recorded as being frozen from shore to shore and possible to walk from Liverpool to Birkenhead.

  REF: 3789


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-l1-birth-place-roscoe-1835
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Roscoe's Birthplace Mount Pleasant, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1835

  As described in "A History of Liverpool" in the year 1907

Born in 1753, the son of an innkeeper in Mount Pleasant, William Roscoe's formal education lasted only till the age of twelve, when he returned to work in his father's market garden, and, later, to earn his livelihood in the arid atmosphere of a lawyer's office. Yet by the time he was twenty he had acquired a reading knowledge of Latin, French and Italian, was revelling in the history and literature of fifteenth century Italy, had taught himself to etch, and was studying with eagerness the history of the fine arts. Already he had been captivated by that enthusiasm for Florence and its great citizen-prince, Lorenzo de Medici, which subsequently led him to write the life of his hero, and to win the applause of Europe.

Roscoe's historical writings have not stood the test of time ; but one aspect of them retains an inspiring interest. In this writer the historian and the citizen are never dissociated. What drew him to Florence and Lorenzo was that in Florence he saw a great commercial city, as great in its own age as Liverpool in this, but a city which was inspired by the love of beauty, which was the nurse of poets and scholars and artists ; a city in which it was an inspiration to live, whose very atmosphere stimulated and inspired the finest aspirations of its citizens ; a city which for that reason, and not at all because of the magnitude of its commerce, has earned an imperishable fame. Poignant as was the contrast between Florence and Liverpool, it gave a zest at once to Roscoe's historical studies and to his political activities. He

found in Florence at once refreshment from the brutal materialism of his native town, and inspiration for the attempt to breathe into it a new spirit.

Of Roscoe's manifold political interests and work, this is no place to tell. But something must be said of the group of new institutions for the creation of an intellectual life in Liverpool which were carried out by him and his group of friends, and for which his historical studies provided much of the inspiration. The various attempts to found an organisation for the promotion of the fine arts always had Roscoe for their principal supporter. He and his friends were the creators of the Athenaeum, a library for scholars, opened in 1799. The Botanic Gardens, at first established at the top of Mount Pleasant, owed their existence to him ; they were the first institution for the encouragement of scientific studies established in Liverpool. Above all, the year 1817 saw the opening of the Royal Institution in Colquitt Street, an organisation which, though it never fulfilled the hopes of its founders, was nevertheless the outcome of a noble dream ; an attempt to institute in the midst of a great trading city a place which should be a perpetual focus for every intellectual interest, a perpetual radiator of sane and lofty views of life, a perpetual reminder of the higher needs and aspirations of men in the midst of the fierce roar of commercial competition, and the clangorous appeal of these surroundings to the vulgar lust of money.

Roscoe and his group redeem to some extent the sordidness of Liverpool at the opening of the nineteenth century. Their spirit, and the spirit which had scattered over the city in a score of years schools, charities and churches, were a fortunate augury for the new age ; since they seemed to promise that gentle pities and noble dreams were not to be wholly crushed under foot in the fierce triumphal march of the city towards commercial supremacy.

  REF: 3718


Liverpool, history, liverpool-l1-docks-mann-island-c1960
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Mann Island, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1960

  This 1960 scene shows that not a lot had changed since the 1885 view.

  REF: 672


Liverpool, history, liverpool-l1-docks-mann-island-1885
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Mann Island, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1885

  As described in "Bygone Liverpool" in the year 1913

MANY Liverpool residents will recollect Mann Island and Nova Scotia as it is depicted by this artist. The property was old when the Dock Board purchased it in 1851 for the then large sum of 112,584. This Dock Board must not be confused with the present Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, for that corporate body did not come into existence until 1857. Prior to that time the docks and works in connexion with them were controlled by a Dock Committee whose proceedings were under the control of the Liverpool Town Council in meeting assembled, as Trustees of the Liverpool docks.

  REF: 671


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-road-rail-and-canal-1930
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Map of Road, Rail and Canal Map, , - 1930

  Liverpool's unrivelled Road, Rail and Canal Communications

  REF: 85


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-mouth-of-the-mersey-1888
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Mouth of the Mersey Waterfront, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1888

 

  REF: 71


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-map-1897
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Map of Liverpool , , - 1897

 

  REF: 68


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-mann-island-1858
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Mann Island, Centre-Town, L.1 - 1858

 

  REF: 67


Liverpool, history, liverpool-history-completion-of-the-mersey-tunnel-1884
Location: Liverpool

Category: history

Address: Mersey Tunnel Construction , Centre-Town, L.2 - 1884

  Final breakthrough and completion of the Mersey Tunnel.

  REF: 23



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