Liverpool History Society Questions

A selection of Liverpool history questions submitted to the Liverpool History Society

Cameron Street, Kensington

Deysbrook 1
Deysbrook 2
Hi there,
I am interested to know how old the houses would be in Cameron Street, Kensington, West Derby. My great grandparents lived there at no 83, in 1881. I am wondering whether these terrace houses would have been new then. Am trying to work out whether they would have bought the house or paid rent for it, and whether it might have belonged to some company for their workers.

I am also interested to find out more about Deysbrook Lane. In some Census it is called Deys Lane. Another ancestor of mine lived there at number 70, from about 1841. He was a tailor, but he died in 1855 and his wife lived on there as a laundress, but her address appeared to change (by 1871) to Hughes Cottages, Bevans Road, which might have been on the corner of Deys Lane. I am trying to understand what Hughes Cottages might represent – would this be a collective sort of living like a Court? Would it be a particularly poor address? Its hard to get a picture from afar. On the one hand this area appears to have been a rural location, and makes me wonder why a tailor would live a long way from an urban area, or later, how a laundress would manage away from an urban area.
Lastly, One of my ancestors (who lived in 21 Tuebrook) was a cigar maker. Could that address have been a ‘court’ development? Also I am curious as to where a cigar maker would work in Liverpool, ie, a factory, a small shop, or at home. Any clues would be most appreciated.

Hope you find my questions of interest, and I look forward to hearing from you

many thanks
Marea Carfax-Foster
Perth, Western Australia

27/03/2011 Posted by | Kensington | , , , , | 1 Comment

Arthur Abram cyclist and The Tricycle House

Hello there,

I wonder if anyone could shed some light on The Tricycle House and/or a cyclist called Arthur Abram, who broke the Liverpool to London tricycle record in the 1930s?

The house and an allusion to someone who could be Mr Abram are mentioned in a poem by Kenneth Rexroth, who visited Liverpool in 1949:

The great black psuedo classical
Victorian public buildings
Of Liverpool, bombed out shells,
Everybody too busy
To fix them up. So Rome died,
They were always going to
Get at the ruins next year.
Coal smoke and Spring move down the
Brick-lined gas-lit streets on the
Chill wind from the Mersey
“A Jew bloke, decent chap, yu know,
Runs a plice called Troicycle Ouse.”
Friendly as a six months pup,
Enthusiast for the adult
Tricycle, bronzed from tricycling
Over England. It is Peseach,
An austerity Passover,
With matzoth and fish and chips.

(Extract from The Dragon And The Unicorn by Kenneth Rexroth)

Any information would be gratefully received.

With thanks,

Phil Hearne

18/03/2011 Posted by | Arthur Abram cyclist and The Tricycle House | | 1 Comment

Summit Pens

I am writing in the hope that you might be able to offer some advice or information for a project I currently have underway.
I know that in the grand scheme of things Summit Pens probably come a long way behind the Beatles, Liverpool FC, and shipping in Liverpool’s successes, but it is the history of this famous Liverpool company (Summit / Curzon-Summit, etc) that I am currently seeking information on. I have many fine examples of their product, and have some details of the early history of the company. What I am struggling to find out is the development of the company name & why they disappeared so quickly shortly after WWII? (at a time when Conway Stewart, Parker, etc thrived).
Would you have any details, anyone with memories of working for the company, or any idea where I could find anything from job vacancies to company news items?
To clarify, my project is to develop a website primarily on the pens that were produced, but I was hoping to document something about the history & social background of the company.
Paul Martin
01932 825821 (w)
01932 240666 (h)

09/03/2011 Posted by | Summit Pens | | Leave a comment