"Old Warehouses" City Centre Buildings Tip by drgrcook

City Centre Buildings, Liverpool: 11 reviews and 20 photos

  Last view of the old.
by drgrcook

Walk through the Bluecoat gardens and out into College Lane.

You are now 200 metres from the main shopping street and back in time.

Opposite are ancient warehouses that will soon be demolished to make way for the massive Chevasse Park / Bluecoat Triangle development.

The whole area was devastated by bombs during the 2nd World War and for years has been waste land covered by car parks with the odd building occupied by a variety of tenacious businesses.

Stand at the base of the warehouse and see the gouges in the brickwork where the goods, swung from the horsedrawn carts by the overhead hoist, hit the walls. Look up, the hoists are still there.

Close your eyes and imagine the throng of carters, draymen, labourers and foremen shouting and sweating as they handled the never-ending piles of goods that passed through Liverpool in its heyday.

On a cold morning the visible breath of the horses and men would mingle with the scent of untreated wool, molasses, timber, unwashed sweating bodies and horse droppings.

Life was cheap and accidents frequent, no hard hats or Health and Safety Executive and no lawyers to claim compensation for widows or workers disabled for life and reduced to a future of begging at best. No wonder that Liverpool was the first place in the world to have a Public Health Medical Officer.

Wander round the area, there are many of these buildings - they will soon be gone.

Further photos

Address: College Lane
Directions: Walk from Marks and Spencer, up School Lane opposite. Enter the Bluecoat building and turn right following the corridor through to the Garden. Pass through the passage opposite, past the display centre and into College Lane.

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  • Updated Nov 11, 2004
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