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  1. Info taken from Wikipedia... Littlewoods Business Empire. John, Colin Askham and Bill Hughes were friends who had worked together as Post Office messenger boys in Manchester. It was whilst looking for a new money-making idea that Moores came across John Jervis Barnard, a Birmingham man who had latched onto the public's growing passion for two things: football and betting. Moores had always been an avid football fan from when he was very young. Sports of all kinds had always interested him, He played amateur football himself until retiring at the age of 40. Barnard had devised a 'football pool', where punters would bet on the outcome of football matches. The payouts to winners came from the 'pool' of money that was bet, less 10 per cent to cover "management costs". It had not been particularly successful. Clearly, Barnard was struggling to make a profit, Moores got hold of a Barnard pools coupon and the three Manchester friends decided they could – and would – do it better. They could not let their employers, the Commercial Cable Company know what they were doing or they would be fired, No outside employment was allowed. That ruled out calling it the John Moores Football Pool or anything like it. Moores recalled years later: "Calling it the John Smith's football pool sounded a bit dodgy", the solution to that particular problem came from Colin Askham, He had been orphaned as a baby and been brought up by an aunt whose surname was Askham, but he had been born Colin Henry Littlewood And so, in 1923, the Littlewood Football Pool – as it was called originally – was started. Each of the three partners invested £50 of their own money into the venture and with the help of a small discreet and cheap printer they got to work. In 1923, £50 was a huge sum to invest in what – based on Barnard's experience – was a precarious venture and as Moores himself remembered: "As I signed my own cheque at the bank, my hands were damp, it seemed such a lot of money to be risking". A small office in Church Street, Liverpool, was rented and the first 4,000 coupons were distributed outside Manchester United's Old Trafford ground before one Saturday match that winter, Moores handed the coupons out himself, helped by some young boys eager to earn a few pennies. It was not an instant success & only 35 coupons came back & Bets totalled £4 7s 6d and the 10 per cent deducted did not even cover the three men’s expenses, they needed to take the idea to another level and quickly. So they decided to print 10,000 coupons and took them to Hull, where they were handed out before a big game, this time, only one coupon was returned. Their venture was about to collapse almost as soon as it had begun. In the canteen of the Commercial Cable Company the three partners had a hushed conversation, It was a crisis meeting. They had kept pumping money into the fledgling business but midway through the 1924-25 football season it was still losing money. The three young men were each £200 lighter in the pocket with no prospect of things improving. Bill Hughes suggested they cut their losses and forget the whole thing, Colin Askham agreed. They could see why John Jervis Barnard's idea of a football pool had failed in Birmingham, they expected Moores to concur but instead he said: "I'll pay each of you the £200 you've invested, if you'll sell me your shares", Moores admitted that he considered giving up on the business himself but was encouraged by his wife who told him "I would rather be married to a man who is haunted by failure rather than one haunted by regret". Moores kept faith and he paid Askham and Hughes £200 each. In 1928 Moores' younger brother Cecil devised a security system to prevent cheating, eventually the pools took off & become one of the best-known names in Britain. In January 1932, Moores by now a millionaire & was able to disengage himself sufficiently from the pools to start up Littlewoods Mail Order Store. This was followed on 6 July 1937 by the opening of the first Littlewoods department store in Blackpool. By the time World War II started there were 25 Littlewoods stores across the UK and over 50 by 1952. Later years Moores retired as chairman in October 1977 of Littlewoods and was succeeded by his son Peter, however, as profits fell (Moores remained on the board) he resumed the chairmanship in October 1980. He gave up this role again in May 1982 and was made life president of the organisation even though Moores remained involved until 1986. His family carried on running Littlewoods but John Clement succeeded Moores as chairman, Moore had two operations straight after each other on his achilles tendon and then for an enlarged prostate during the summer of 1986 but he never was quite the same again. At the 1987 League Cup final sponsored by Littlewoods, Moores was the guest of honour. In early 1988, by now mainly in a wheelchair, he was still visiting Littlewoods stores across the UK but he began to lose his speech shortly afterwards and gave that role up., Moores attended Everton football matches up to a few years before his death. On 25 September 1993, Sir John died at his home "Fairways" at Shireburn Road, Freshfield, Formby, where he had lived since 1930. He was cremated six days later at Southport. Two months after his death his estate was valued as being worth more than 10 million pounds. The Littlewoods businesses were sold to the Barclay Brothers nine years later in October 2002. More Pictures here.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157627501865884/ Thanks
  2. Jimmy has done a history somewhere, and in the style of most lazy explorers, you can find it there. This is a massive white Art Deco building that sits a few miles from the city centre, and has laid derelict for a good number of years. There is a proposal to redevelop it, but I think that is on hold. Like most things. So a white edifice is sitting in surprisingly good condition. Interiors A view from the Tower... Top fucking day, thanks to Jimmy (WIMR) for a top day
  3. Hi all A friend recommended this forum to me so I decided to give it a look and liked what I have seen. So just a quick hello from me.
  4. Company Profile taken off the net- Founded in 1961 DP Watson Limited are a firm of Machine Knife Grinders, Printers Sundry Suppliers and Printers Engineers. Based in Liverpool, we call on over 800 customers a week throughout the North of England giving regular collection and delivery for our Machine Knife Resharpening service. We can sharpen both straight and circular knives for a variety of industries. In conjunction with our Regrinding service for the Printing and allied trades, we also offer a wide range of consumables and we represent some of the leading names in Printers Sundry Supplies. Our Engineering section specialises in: • Paper Cutting • Guillotines • Finishing Equipment • Performing electrical and mechanical repairs • Machinery removals and installations • Safety checks and servicing • New and secondhand machinery I dont know when they exactly re-located to new premises but there was a calendar on the wall showing November 2002,so it could be around then...who knows??? thanks
  5. Sadly at the moment i can't find much history on this Church, only that it was designed by Culshaw & Summers in 1881. I think it closed around about 2008 & i dont think it is listed,which is a shame. The whole area is up for major regenaration.. Report from LIVERPOOL ECHO- HOME demolitions to make way for the regeneration of Liverpool’s Edge Lane gateway will finally get underway in the New Year. It will mark a milestone in the scheme, which includes widening the road, and has been delayed for years by legal wrangles. Homes between Marmaduke Street, Dorothy Street, and Peet Street will start being pulled down early in January, kicking off a six month demolition programme. Officials at the city’s regeneration agency Liverpool Vision hope the work will draw a line in the sand after several delays and disputes. Rob Monaghan of Liverpool Vision said: “We have done an awful lot of work to get to where we are. “The area has had a sticking plaster over it for the past 30 years, this is now being dealt with. This is about the remaking of a neighbourhood.†In all 371 homes will be demolished to make way for the new road, homes, a commercial hub, and a health centre. Bellway Homes is currently in the process of submitting a planning application for the new homes and it is hoped building will start in late summer 2010. The road, which will now cost £57.7m, up from £40.4m four years ago, is currently awaiting final funding approval from the Department for Transport. It is hoped the DfT will approve its share of the cash by April allowing work on the new road itself to start in June or July. Work on the commercial hub, based off Jubilee Drive, is unlikely to start until the effects of the recession have gone. It is hoped progress can start being made in early 2011. The health centre is not likely to see significant progress until the end of 2010. Mr Monaghan said the scheme started out originally looking at the road but has grown into a “comprehensive package of regeneration†for the area. But not everyone was convinced of the need for a widescale demolition programme. Grandmother Elizabeth Pascoe, of Adderley Street, fought a long campaign against the plans which saw her mount a number of legal challenges. The court battle cost her around £40,000 in legal fees but she always insisted it was the right thing to do. The battle over compulsory purchase orders came to an end in March this year when the High Court in London refused to overturn the order.
  6. Taken from Liverpool Wiki. This is one tunnel that changes its name along its run, however the whole tunnel is generally known as the Waterloo tunnel. An open cutting is the linking point of the two tunnels. The Victoria tunnel runs from Edge Hill in the east to the Byrom Street Cutting. The Waterloo tunnel runs from the Byrom Street Cutting to the Waterloo Goods Station in the west at Waterloo Dock. Bored under a metropolis, the 2.07 miles (3.34 km) Victoria/Waterloo Tunnel opened in 1848. Initially used only for rail freight. Passengers and freight operated in the tunnel from 1895. From 1895 the termination point of the line at the western end was the Riverside Station at the ship liner terminal at the Pier Head. The Waterloo Goods Station ceased operation in 1964. Used until 1972 the tunnel is still in excellent condition, being considered for reuse by the Merseyrail rapid transit rail system. Stations being cut into the tunnel are being considered at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Reuse by a monorail system from the proposed Liverpool Waters redevelopment of Liverpool's Central Docks has been proposed. From Edge Hill in the east the tunnel is on a steep incline down to the north end Liverpool Docks. The tunnel contains a series of ventilation shafts which were used to remove the spoil when under construction. The Victoria Tunnel runs from Edge Hill to a large open cutting at Byrom St. From Byrom Street the tunnel then continues to the Waterloo Goods Depot changing its name to the Waterloo Tunnel. The picture to the right. The tunnel to the right is the disused 1848 Victoria tunnel. The Edge Hill portal is near the junction of Tunnel Road and Wavertree Road. The lines run into the tunnel for about a hundred metres for shunting purposes. The red sandstone above the tunnel is blackened by the smoke from trains. The tunnel to the left at the Edge Hill portal is the additional 1880s single track tunnel for Lime Street that runs for 50 yards into the cutting beyond, forming four lines running into Lime Street. It is still used as the overhead wires indicate. There is an additional single track tunnel the other side of the original two track 1836 tunnel to widen out to four tracks. The original 1836 tunnel is the centre of the station beyond the Merseyrail sign. Edge Hill Station... thanks..
  7. History of net.. A bascule bridge is a moveable bridge with a counterweight that continuously balances the span, or "leaf," throughout the entire upward swing in providing clearance for boat traffic. Bascule is a French term for seesaw and balance, and bascule bridges operate along the same principle. They are the most common type of movable bridge in existence because they open quickly and require relatively little energy to operate. Bascule bridges may be single or double leaf. Double leaf bridges usually have any truss structure and counterweights below the deck, while a single leaf bridge is typically a truss bridge with an elevated counterweight. Although the bascule bridge has been in use since ancient times, it was not until the 1850s that engineers developed the ability to move very long, heavy spans quickly enough for practical application. The Blagoveshchensky Bridge across the Neva River in Saint Petersburg was the first large bascule bridge, opened in 1850. Since then, all bridges across the Neva and other major rivers in the city (21 in total) were bascule to facilitate navigation, which prevented the city's inhabitants from traveling across the river at night (this remained so until 2003 when the first cable-stayed bridge across the Neva was opened). Counterweights may be located above the bridge or below the deck of the bridge. There are two common designs of bascule bridge. One is the fixed-trunnion bascule design, which is where the bridge rotates around a large axle called a trunnion to raise. This bridge type is sometimes called the 'Chicago bascule' as this type was developed and perfected there and is used for many of that city's river crossings. Joseph Strauss was a key person who worked on improving the trunnion bascule bridge. Another form of bascule bridge is the Scherzer rolling lift, also known as a Rolling Bascule Bridge. The city of Joliet, Illinois has a number of this structure type. The Scherzer rolling lift bridge essentially rolls or rocks like a simple rocking chair on a track to raise. thanks.
  8. The Victoria Tower was designed by Jesse Hartley and completed in 1848. It was known as the Dockers' Clock. Its six clock faces allowed sailors to make sure their timepieces were correctly set as they headed off to sea, and a bell in the tower warned of fog or high tides. It is constructed of granite and is a Grade II Listed building. thanks..
  9. In 1976 a small group of artists rented a derelict police station and established Bridewell Studios. Art Space Merseyside Ltd was formed in 1981 as a not-for-profit organisation, and with the demise of Merseyside County Council the artists secured a loan to buy the property. Built around 1846, the large red bricked building is situated on the corner of a busy thoroughfare on the eastern edge of Liverpool’s city centre and opposite the Royal University Hospital. There is evidence of its original function still visible: a ‘Detective Office’ sign at the foot of a staircase and the row of cells (locked from the outside of course!). Over the last thirty years, hundreds of artists have worked or had connections here. Some have national and international recognition - Adrian Henri, Richard Young, Stephen Broadbent, Maurice Cockrill, Ian McKeever and Anish Kapoor. It has also had singer-songwriter David Gray as a tenant. Even the building has had its share of fame - being a location for Alan Bleasdale’s ‘Boys from the Blackstuff’. In 2006, the Bridewell is still providing workspace for more than thirty-five artists, craftspeople and designers. Art forms include painting, sculpture, printmaking, furniture restoration, jewellery, stained glass, fashion design, ceramics and multimedia. Individuals sell their work via galleries, retail and private commissions. Many are involved with education from primary school through to university, as well as art workshops for a wide range of community groups and hospitals. The studios are still unique in the fact that the artists themselves own the building. Art Space receives no funding or grant aid of any kind and still maintains low rents, together with 24-hour access. The building itself is full of character and has proved to be an ideal site for artists’ studios. However with all buildings of a similar age there is a constant battle against entropy and the elements. Despite this, the members are hopeful for the future and are looking into raising money to develop a gallery and start ‘open studios’ and workshops. Clip from Boys from the Black Stuff= Couldnt resist..this is the floor where Snowy decided to get out of the window,no hand rail... thanks
  10. Info pinched off net.. Built in 1880 as Victoria Calvanistic Methodist Church but was sold to Liverpool Corporation in 1920. 1878: Foundation stone of a new Welsh Calvanistic chapel in Crosshall street, laid by John ROBERT'S esq M.P. in lieu of Pall mall chapel which was built in 1787 and taken down for railway extension Nov 27. The congregation moved there from their first chapel in Pall Mall. It was called the Victoria Chapel after the success of the Sankey & Moody evangelistic campaign held in 1875 in a large tent on Crosshall street called Victoria Hall. Size: 2163 - 11983 sq ft Price Guide: £1,500,000.00 The Chapel is a development opportunity for conversion into a boutique hotel, offices, restaurant or residential apartments. The existing buildings facade is Grade II listed and contains 12,283 sq ft spread across four floors. http://chapel-liverpool.co.uk/ Not much in here am afraid... Thanks... :thumbsup:
  11. Some history i found on the net.. THE INCEPTION OF TOXTETH PARK CEMETERY The "Burial Board" of Toxteth Park initially purchased thirty acres of land, from The Earl of Sefton, at a cost of around £15.000, approximately £850.000 in todays money . William Gay of Bradford was charged with the design, and Thomas Denville Barry the architecture, they were leading cemetery designers of their day. A further ten acres of land was purchased a couple of years later, as Liverpool's population was still expanding. ''The Northern Daily Times, dated Tuesday July 6th 1855'' reported "The foundation stone for the church and chapel of Toxteth Park General Cemetery was laid at 3 o'clock on July 5th 1855, for the "performance of the burial service according to the rites of the Established church and other religious denominations". The article also stated that, "A very large number of persons attended the ceremony" and the chairman of "The Burial Board" Mr Gregson, was "presented with a silver trowel, who then buried a bottle containing journals of the day and ground plans in a place provided and covered with a plate". The opening ceremony was performed by the then Lord Bishop of Chester, and the first interment took place, that of an Elizabeth Watling on 17th June 1856. TOXTETH PARK CEMETERY is separated into TWO sections, Consecrated and Non-Consecrated, then sub-divided into smaller alphabetical or numerical sections, (see Plan of Cemetery). All denominations are buried here, including Presbyterians, Methodists, Independents, Unitarians but to my knowledge there are no Roman Catholics buried there. TOXTETH PARK CEMETERY lies on the A562 Smithdown Road a very busy road in Liverpool. Although the Council are now laying flat headstones that they deem to be 'unsafe' due to the dreaded 'Health & Safety' (which I think is legalised vandalism) it is still quiet, peaceful and quite well maintained. Although it has its problems like all urban cemeteries, it is still used for interments today. SOME NOTABLE PEOPLE INTERRED IN TOXTETH PARK CEMETERY Within 57 years, over 144,000 people were interred, ranging from ordinary Liverpool folk, to James Dunwoody Bulloch (who fought for The Confederacy in the American Civil War and Roosevelt's uncles), to a Mr Alfred Rowe who died on Titanic. Also laid to rest there is Mary Billinge, reputedly the oldest woman in Liverpool, she was interred on 26th December 1863 at the grand old age of 112 years and 6 months. Below is a list of notable people buried in the cemetery, with a brief history of their lives. GOSSAGE, WILLIAM was born in the village of Burgh-Le-Marsh Lincolnshire in 1799. He was a chemist and engineer, and after opening a chemical plant in Widnes producing alkalis, he produced soap at a much lower cost than at the time. He died at his home in Dunham Massey on April 9th 1877. His estate was estimated to be under £160.000. HOLLAND, CHARLES THURSTON born 1863 in Bridgewater, Somerset, and deemed "the pioneer of modern British Radiography ". He died in 1941. HULLEY, JOHN born and bred in Liverpool, the forgotten man of British Olympic History. By organising Olympic Festivals at his Gymnasium in Liverpool in 1862, 1863, 1864 and 1865 he was the instigator of the Olympic movement in England. He died in 1875 aged 43. His grave was "re discovered" in 2008 and there is a movement to try and get the recognition for his part in the Olympic History. MUSPRATT, JAMES SHERIDAN eldest son of James, and was born in Dublin on 6 March 1821. He was to achieve fame as a research chemist and teacher. His most influential publication was his two-volume book Chemistry, Theoretical, Practical and Analytical as applied and relating to the Arts and Manufactures. MUSPRATT, SAMUEL he was an eminent chemist. OGDEN THOMAS, born in 1832 and was the founder of Ogdens Tobacco Manufacturers. He died in August 1890 at the age of 58. PICTON, Sir JAMES ALLANSON eminent historian and architect was born in Liverpool in 1805. He participated in local religious and philanthropic work and designed some of Liverpool's most important buildings. Sir James devoted himself to the promotion of public libraries, and when the Corporation extended the library in William Brown Steet, they named a reading room after him. He died on 15th July 1889 in Wavertree. RODOCANACHI, family are interred here, they would produce George Rodocanachi. Born in Liverpool on 27th February 1876 he was Liverpool's Schindler, responsible for saving 2000 French Jews from the Holocaust. He studied at the Lycée de Marseille and became a medical student at the Faculté de Médecine in Paris, obtaining his medical diploma in 1903 he began practising in Marseilles the same year, specialising in infantile diseases. He was to instigate the Pat Line to help allied airmen escape from France. George has no memorial, as he died in Buchenwald concentration camp in the Spring of 1944, after being betrayed. THOMAS, HUGH OWEN may well be called "The father of modern orthopaedic surgery". Born in Bodedern, Anglesey in 1834 he moved to Liverpool at the age of 19. Spending much of his time in the slums of Liverpool, treating the poor rather than the affluent middle classes, he invented several types of splints with rigid steel bars. His contribution was not widely recognised until after his death, and at the outbreak of The Great War in 1914, his nephew Sir Robert Jones re-intoduced his uncles ideas. Thanks to "The Thomas Splint" the mortality of compound fractures of the femur fell from 80% to less than 8% by 1918. He died on 6th January 1891 over worked at the age of 57. Although i couldnt gain access i had a bloody good go of putting my camera through gaps & holes in doors & boards & managed to get a few pics inside,one or two occasions i had to use my camera phone. Ta Judders.. thanks.
  12. These pics were taken on the rooftop of the catherdral,great views of liverpool city centre,nice day for it as well!! taken on my old compact.. thanks..
  13. The first photograph is of women working at Vernon’s Pools in 1936. Football pools has started in 1923 when John Moores and two friends handed out 4000 coupons outside Old Trafford. Initially, the business was slow and John Moores bought out his two partners who had lost confidence in the loss-making enterprise. Moores quickly turned Littlewoods round and millions of working people began to spend a few pence each week in what was the only national gambling competition (at that time it was based on agents house-calling rather than by mail). Vernons followed in 1925 – making Liverpool the centre of an industry which employed thousands of women checking the weekly returns.Vernons closed around 1975. The Paradox night club opened around 1992 & closed around May 2002 for refurbishment,but never re- opened again. The majority of the building was demmo'd around 2007 but the listed art decco tower remains today but in a bad state,locals are calling for the tower to be knocked down,calling it "a eyesore",plans are in the pipeline for a shopping complex to built there... cash office Various rooms As a night club
  14. This isnt your average explore; Its a people run underground discovery, fighting councils for every hole to explore, they have uncovered some fantastic artifacts. So many holes further on to the tunnels and even an underground banquet hall!. Background. Around 1805, Mr & Mrs Williamson moved into one of the Mason Street houses - a house which was to be their home for the rest of their lives. Williamson quickly set about building more properties. These houses were built with cellars, as most houses were at the time. However, it appears that in designing these properties Williamson decided that they should follow the fashion for having large gardens and orchards behind them. all thats left today... Around 1806, with several houses under construction at once and the arches taking shape behind them, Williamson would have been employing a large gang of men. At this time, many healthy men of Liverpool would have been among the British troops battling against France as Napoleon Bonaparte sought to conquer Europe. At the back of each house was a certain amount of space but then the sandstone bed rock dropped about twenty feet, down to the same level as Smithdown Lane. To accommodate the gardens, Williamson had his men build brick arches that they could be extended onto. In this way, the gardens and orchards were built and, most significantly, the first parts of the tunnels had been put in place. The manner in which matters developed from this point on is the subject of much 'chinese whispering' and even more speculation. None of this is to discount any of the other theories about the tunnels' construction, nor that may the simple philanthropy theory transpire to be correct. These include the suggestion that the Williamsons subscribed to an extremist religious sect which claimed that the world faced Armageddon several years hence. Williamson therefore built the tunnels as a place into which he and his fellow believers could escape to avoid the catastrophe and emerge later to build a new city. Fanciful though this theory appears, there are factors which lend it credence: at the time Liverpool was a hotbed of religious extremism, with any number of sects propounding such theories. Secondly, it is known that Williamson was a religious man - a regular member of the congregation of St. Thomas', the church where he married. Thirdly, as stated above, he was very secretive about the tunnels, only allowing certain people to see inside the hidden parts of them. Finally, equipped with this theory today, one cannot help but notice the numerous gothic, chapel-like features that have survived in many parts of the tunnels ... In any case, the expansion of the labyrinth continued. By 1816 the Napoleonic Wars were effectively over. Soldiers returned to their home towns and began looking for work and, just as important, the home industries which supported the war effort suddenly had a lot less to do. Unemployment was rife and social support was only available on a scarce and informal basis.Williamson kept taking more and more men on. No doubt others left: through age, through finding a better job. Perhaps some were killed in the dangerous conditions: dark, dusty, noisy, cold in winter and hot in summer. The rock men worked with picks, shovels and barrows while the carpenters used axes and saws to build formers for the bricklayers to lay arches on. Under ground, the men worked by candlelight. Certainly some would have been injured, but they may have been kept on. There would always have been a need for storemen, counters, men to hand out the food and wages. Arches every where... Williamson would often have his men perform apparently pointless duties. It is said that he would get a man to move a pile of rocks from one place to another and then get him to move them back again. In the parts of the tunnels accessible today there is evidence of tunnels being built and immediately bricked up again, alongside fine arches that lead nowhere. This supports the idea of keeping men busy simply to keep them in a job, but may equally lend mystery in the sense of keeping certain parts of the labyrinth secret. Perhaps Williamson was also deriving satisfaction from his growing domain - the power it gave him. The street had become fully occupied, with all the residents vetted by himself. The man that locals by now called the 'King of Edge Hill' was in control of his own kingdom.Williamson would often be seen above ground, conversing with those he had time for or bawling at those he didn't. Just as often he would disappear under ground, instructing the navigators where to direct their pick axes next. All the stuffs found inthe excavation process... Wine cellar/ waterstorage/ original entrance? no one knows! Rumoured to be the "great tunnel" used by the army for over a century. tunnel here.. tunnel there... a hole here... Every hole a photographed i got in.... Finally Underground banquet hall.... 60ft underground banquet hall, No-one knows why and this place get bigger by the week! So to sum up; Williamson was bat shit crazy, very little is known about the why and when you get in there they finding holes and crannies that could be anything to go anywhere, anyway linky http://www.williamsontunnels.com/ thanks for looking
  15. I have had my eye on this for a few weeks & now finally done it... (me & 4737carlin) sorry about quality of some pics as i forgot to change 1or2 settings on my camera!! some info... Located in the Kirkdale district to the North of Liverpool. The Princess Cinema opened on 11th May 1931 with Owen Wares in ""Loose Ends". It was on a triangular site at the corner of Selwyn Street and Brewster Street. Seating was provided for 760 in the stalls and 700 in the circle. The proscenium was only 28 feet wide, as it was at the corner-apex 'pointed' end of the building. It was independently operated until 1958, when it was taken over by the Essoldo Cinemas chain, based in Newcastle. When Cinemascope was installed, the screen was no wider than before, and the top & bottom masking on the screen was moved to give a 'wide-screen' presentation. The Princess Cinema was closed on 22nd October 1966 with James Coburn in "Our Man Flint" and Kent Taylor in "The Day Mars Invaded Earth". It was converted into an independent bingo club, which closed in 2000. The building then stood empty and unused, and in October 2009, plans were passed to demolish and build housing and shops on the site. thanks.
  16. Bit of info: With a manufacturing history spanning some 65 years, Robinson Willey is one of the UK`s leading appliance manufacturers both in the UK and overseas. From its Liverpool manufacturing base, Robinson Willey produces a comprehensive range of gas wall heaters and gas fires including; radiant / convector, balanced flue, models and inset and outset living flame gas fires. The company also manufactures electric fires and supplies quartz linear heaters, electric storage, panel heaters and air conditioning systems for the commercial sector. The popularity of Robinson Willey gas appliances has attracted many imitators. But, while many have tried, they failed to achieve the exacting standards of design, heat efficiency and craftsmanship which have become the hallmark of Robinson Willeys products. Robinson Willey´s expertise remains unrivalled, and today the company enjoys a worldwide reputation for its comprehensive range of gas fires and wall heaters. The company moved from the Mill Road site on 11th March 2007 to a £3.5m site at Trinity Road Bootle. There are already plans to knock the Mill Road site down & turn it into a community park. This has been on my list a while now & with it having a mention on a certain forums rumour section i thought id better get my backside down there quick,explored with TCCI. admin block Thanks..
  17. Great book on Liverpool Cinemas....... http://www.amazon.co.uk/After-Pictures-Keith-G-Rose/dp/0955473721/ref=cm_cr-mr-img
  18. Hello there... Few of you probably know me already & Ive been lurking for a while on here so thought I'd join up........
  19. Got inside but most was locked up and boarded up. security was patroling around with very loud dogs, im gonna go back and try do the rest was an impressive building i couldnt get a picture of outside as it was pouring down and dark, next time i will hehe.