Liverpool History Society Questions

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

Gladys Aylward’s Chinese Gospel Mission

20 Nelson Street

Gladys Aylward


for years I have been trying to bring about a plaque @ 20 Nelson Street to commemorate the opening there of Gladys Aylward‘s Chinese Gospel Mission in 1958.

I think I have found one of the Chinese adopted by Gladys;he is pastor of a Chinese church in Ambler,Pennsylvania.

I am keen to know of English and Chinese individuals,organisations and pub- lications likely to be interested in this subject.Can you help?.


29/07/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 3 Comments

Family History Research for Braithwaite Poole

Kensington Lodge, Fairlield


I am researching my ancestor Braithwaite Poole who was listed as a Railway Manager on the 1851 census and lived in Prescott Rd, West Derby. I was wanting to find out more about him (I live in Australia). I have found on the internet some books authored by a Braithwaite Poole written about Liverpool and it’s commerce. I wanted to confirm if this is the same person or not. Do you have any suggestions as to who I can contact about him?

Amanda Joyce

21/07/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 5 Comments

The Liver Sketching Club

Liver Sketching Club

Cuthbert's Building in 14 Clayton Square

I am writing the history of The Liver Sketching Club which has been active in Liverpool since 1872.

If anyone has information about the club or its members, I would be very interested – but my question is:
The club moved into the city centre from Everton in the late 1870s and occupied premises on the top floor of a fruit warehouse in Williamson Street, Liverpoool until it moved to Clayton Square in 1880.  
Does anyone know of the existence of a fruit merchant’s business in Williamson Street around 1879 to enable me to identify the address?
I would be pleased to acknowledge anyone who provides information in the final draft.
My email address is davidartshe(AT)
Many thanks.

20/07/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 4 Comments

Cranes Theatre The Neptune

Neptune (Cranes) Theatre

Many years ago I appeared in the play “The Man Who Came To Dinner” which was performed in a Theatre over Crane’s Piano Shop in Liverpool. Does the Theatre still exist please?

Kind regards.

Bill Bennett

19/07/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 3 Comments

Shaw St Synagogue?

Shaw Street Synagogue

Kellys Directory 1900

Sir ,
All information I can find relating to the “Shaw Street” synagogue tell of the building’s origin as a Wesleyan chapel. This has me puzzled for I am unable to find a Wesleyan chapel in Shaw street just prior to 1908, when the chapel was supposedly converted to a synagogue. The only record I can find of a Wesleyan chapel in the close vicinity is in Moss Street, the southerly continuation of Shaw Street, where an early Georgian style building existed in the 19th century.
Can anyone help me locate this building, was it Shaw Street or Moss Street??


19/07/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 11 Comments

First Penny Farthing made in Gateacre/Woolton ?

An Ordinary

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a member of the Liverpool History Society, and am attempting to ascertain the validity of whether the first “Penny- farthing cycle” in the North West, was built in Gateacre/Woolton by a George Blundell b 9/10/1863 –d 2/02/1936 – Cycle maker circa 1879/1925.

I also know that he later made cycles in Prince Alfred Road, Wavertree.

I once had a testimonial to this feat, though sadly, now it is lost.

I would appreciate any information at all, nomatter how small, thank you in advance, Bill Blundell

Thanks, Take Care, Bill

18/07/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Steam Yacht Galatea

Royal yacht Galatea at Gladstone Dock opening ceremony

Dear Sir,

My grandfather Alfred Edward Acton retired from long service in the grand Cunard transatlantic liners, such as ‘ss Bothnia’ and ‘ss galia’ from Liverpool to New York as chef and ended his days serving as chef in the prestigious steam yatch Galatea.
Could you tell me more about the life and times of the yatch and the calibre of the dignitaries visiting the port’s dock system.
I would appreciate a photo if available.
Many thanks,
Norman Edward Acton.

17/07/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

Joseph Barrett Consulting Engineer

I understand that my grandfather Joseph Barrett was the Consulting Engineer who oversaw the mounting in 1911 of the Liver Birds on the Royal Liver Building. Is there any documentation of the building process that could provide confirmation of this for me?

I would be grateful if you could let me know of any archival material that may exist.

Many thanks
Timothy Gorman

80 Thames Eyot
Cross Deep


13/07/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Grove Street Research Institute

I have walked up and down Grove Street loads of times between Liverpool Women’s Hospital where I work and Brownlow Hill where my daughter works. I pass an old building which has Research Institute written over the door and I wonder what went on there and how it came to close.

Does anyone in your society know anything about it?


Iris Cooper

05/07/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Foulkes Sweet Factory

Hi Rob,

One of the chaps on the park road memories site has asked if we remember a sweet factory on Mill Street, apparently it was facing Gelling Street….they had it n the 30s / 40s, he s looking for a picture of it for his dad , it’s a hard one this Rob, so good luck,



05/07/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments