Bombed Out: Liverpool Then and Now Photos (2)
Above Photo: Mann Island in 1897 and 2014 (Keith Jones)
(Click to enlarge all photos)
Many people commented on the recent ‘Liverpool Then and Now’ post I put up, which featured the superb photographs of Keith Jones, showing modern-day Liverpool street scenes juxtaposed with old photographs taken from the same place, decades earlier.
My original article is here: http://www.bombedoutpunk.com/locations/bombed-out-liverpool-then-and-now-photographs/
I’ve chosen a few more of Keith’s photos for this article (all of which are copyrighted to him), as being somehow relevant to the story, history or streetscapes featured in Bombed Out!
The first photograph (above) shows a street scene in 1897, when the site of the Port of Liverpool Building (seen on the left in the 2014 photo) was still a dock – George’s Dock. If you look closely, you’ll see the distinctive Albion House being built in the background to the right, above the heads of the two men.
I like what Keith then did with these two photos:
Albion House was the headquarters of the White Star Line, which owned the Titanic, and it was from here that the loss of the Titanic was announced in 1912. Apparently officials were too afraid to leave the building, and instead read the names of the deceased from one of the balconies.
The above photo shows Church Street, one of the main shopping streets in Liverpool city centre. Church Street is frequently referred to throughout Bombed Out!, although definitely not for shopping…
Back in the period I was in the bands, it was deserted late at night and very conducive for other endeavours, especially in the secluded doorways of Marks & Spencer, which was by then (and still is) located in the large, ornate building directly above the carriage in the 1890s photo.
The above photo fascinates me. It shows sheep being herded to market down Tithebarn Street in Liverpool city centre, in the early 1900s, compared to a photo taken from the same spot today. You can see how the modern buildings follow the old building lines.
It’s also nice to see two buildings on the right still survive, including Exchange Station, centre right, although it is now just a façade, which Keith brilliantly highlights in yet another of his photos, this time comparing the interior of Exchange Station in the 1960s with the present day, in its reincarnation as offices:
Finally, a photo of a wealthy woman posing next to the Nelson Monument in Liverpool, taken in the early 1900s. This monument was unveiled in 1813, and commemorates Lord Nelson’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar.
It’s a great comparison of then and now, but I also like the combined photograph too:
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Keith’s Facebook site, containing more great Then and Now photos is here: https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolThenAndNow
And his Flikr site is here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/keithjones84/page1/