Liverpool History Society Questions

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

Hackins Hey off Dale Street

Hackins Hey

I am trying to trace a Gentlemans Barber Shop that existed in Hackins Hey off Dale Street Liverpool from around 1945 to when the street was redevoloped in the late 60s early 70s. It was on the same side of the road as Ye Hole in Wall pub but about halfway up. The man who ran it was my Grandfather Charles Quick. It was there at a similar time as Rex Makin Solicitors started in the same street. Any info about the shop including its name would be great.


29/08/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

History of Sayers the Bakers


my parents worked for the Livepool bakers Sayers for many years and I would be very interested  in learning something about the history of the business.   I would be very grateful if you could please provide any information.


Ellen Herting

23/08/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

Liverpool Railway Brakeman The first person to ever sue his employers

Dear Sir/Madam
I am trying to find out about an accident that happened sometime between 1901 and 1911. My Grandfather Ernest Threlfall worked as a Railway Breaksman on the Liverpool railways. He had an accident whilst working and the story is that he lost both legs. He sued the Railway company and apparently was the first person to ever sue his employers.
I would be extremely grateful for any information you may have.
Thank you
Sarah Hill
(I live in Bristol)

17/08/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Cameron naval telescope South Castle St Liverpool

CAMERON, J.R. Telescope

Greetings from Australia.
I recently acquired a naval telescope marked as “Cameron” Sth Castle St Liverpool “day or night”
I would be most interested in finding out more about this and the history of it’s maker.  I am told the telescope is circa 1850’s
Thankyou for any help you can give me on this matter
Cheers Chris Fitzgerald

15/08/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Bute St 1894

Bute ST 1894

Hi Rob,

do you have anything on Bute Street off Netherfield Road?

Looking for info on a cooperage yard and hand cart storage there.

Colin Schofield

14/08/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 3 Comments

St Georges Church and Hall 1856 – 1864

Good Day
I hope you can advise me where to find any info and photos.
I am currently writing the story about my ggg g/father, Prof Ira Hirst from his UK beginnings to the Port of Natal in South Africa.
He worked for the Liverpool Town Council from 1856 to 1864 but not sure as what but must have been related to his profession as a Music Professor. The Liverpool Mercury classified ads also shows him as choir master, organist and conductor for St George’s Church as well a music teacher. He resigned owing to ‘bad health’ in 1864 and moved his young family to Natal in SA where he pioneered the import of musical instruments and orchestras in Natal. He died at the early age of 49 in SA.
I have hit a wall in trying to find out more info about music in Liverpool at the time and would love to find old photos and records which would include him.
I thank you in advance for any info you can supply me.
Kind regards
Peppa Hirst

14/08/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

Gladstone House


I’m doing a piece of research into John Lennon – does anyone know anything of Gladstone House – It was near to Strawberry Fields and (was in John Lennon’s time, living at home in Mather Av) used as a boys reformatory (secured school).

Thank a lot,


francis kenny

14/08/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

CASSIE or the cast iron shore

Why is Otterspool Promenade known as CASSIE or the cast iron shore? What company made the iron railings on Otterspool Promenade?

Who received monies from Otterspool Estate when it was sold to Cheshire Lines Railway Co?

08/08/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 4 Comments


Hi Rob, wonder if you could help, I have a framed photograph 33 inches long by 9 inches deep……the inscription on it reads….THE ASSOCIATION OF SUPERINTENDENTS OF PARKS AND BOTANIC GARDENS ANNUAL CONFERENCE, LIVERPOOL, JULY 1932……PHOTOGRAPHED AT ARROWE PARK, BIRKENHEAD, BY MEDRINGTON’S LTD. 29a BOLD ST. LIVERPOOL.

There are approx 300 people on the photograph…..and obviously the war started 7 years later, so I presume some of the people may have died in the war, and others since then, but I would like to give it to the association , but haven’t got a clue where to start, there is a building in the back ground and I would imagine that is still standing. Can you give us a starter……I am hoping to come over to the wirral in a couple of weeks time and it would be lovely if I could bring it with me to pass on to someone.

Thanks Denise

05/08/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Towson street

Towson street

Hi – I realise you are not a family history site but – my Grandfather (William (Walter) Collings was born at 136 Towson street, Everton (1899).

His father was a fireman at the flour mills.

I tried the Liverpool City Online archives but they seem to be off line.

I wondered if anyone knew the sort of housing in Towson street at that time – I had thought terraced houses but I suppose it could be tenement

I’ve seen mention of online photos of Towson Street – but not managed to find any!

Be grateful if you could point me in the right direction.

Best wishes Ann Osborne

04/08/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 3 Comments