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Toxteth heritage walk launched

Tesco-backed trawl marks L8's great and good

Published on July 20th 2012.

Toxteth heritage walk launched

THE architectural history of Liverpool 8 is being celebrated with the launch of a new heritage trail funded by, among others, Tesco. 

The trail plots a route through the area showing some of the area’s outstanding architecture, including the ancient chapel, the Florence Institute, Toxteth Town Hall, St James in the City Church and the “Welsh Cathedral” - the Welsh Presbyterian Church. 

FlorrieFlorrieIt also takes in the Grade II listed Princes Park, although, not quite yet, Liverpool 8's biggest building - the 5,600, sq foot collossus which is the Tesco development on Park Road. 

The total cost of the trail is £12,000 and Tesco's contribution is £3,000. When Tesco was given planning permission for the store  there was a section 106 agreement under which they gave the city £600,000 for improvements in the area. It was agreed that £25,000 of that would be used for publicity and marketing the area and their stake comes from that.

The trail will be launched next week by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, in a ceremony attended by local community representatives and historians. 

Those taking part in the city council-backed trail, which is also being funded by housing association Plus Dane, will be able to learn about some fascinating individuals, organisers promise. They include the man who helped to save 40,000 people from Nazi persecution, the preacher who brought a circus to his services and the gardener who inspired the design of parks throughout the country. 

“Even those people who have lived in this area all their lives will  almost certainly find things they do not know about their own neighbourhood if they follow the trail, “ said Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods. 

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“There are numerous buildings of outstanding architectural interest and many fascinating tales about people who lived and worked in Toxteth.

“We are building on that heritage to ensure that not only are we celebrating Liverpool 8’s past but that it has a bright future as well. This trail is part of the Love L8 project which is highlighting what this area has to offer.” 

Primary sponsors for the trail are St James in the City.


The detail

Princes ParkPrinces ParkThe trail is marked by banners and display boards at each of its five distinct areas and there are blue footprints on the pavements marking it out. Brochures describing the trail are available from many of the venues along the route. 

It starts at St James’ Church at the junction of Upper Parliament Street and St James Place. The first leg of the trail goes from Upper Parliament Street (the old entrance to the deer park) up Park Road. 

The other parts of the trail  are Park Road South from Beresford Road to Ullet Road; Princes Park ( from Ullet Road to Lodge Lane) ; Lodge Lane (from Bentley Road to Smithdown Road) and Smithdown Road to Ullet Road.


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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Big-Hearted ArthurJuly 20th 2012.

What? No mention of The Holy Land?

AnonymousJuly 20th 2012.

What, like....you mean The Wirral?
God's Own Peninsula?

AnonymousJuly 21st 2012.

Hope 9 Madryn Street looms large, birthplace of well, you-know-who, yea yea yea.

KnowledgeableJuly 21st 2012.

Yes, the rebuilt one

Big-Hearted ArthurJuly 21st 2012.

NO! The Holy Land was a group of terraced streets in Toxteth proper near Dingle with biblical names, Jacob, Isaac, David and Moses.

At least one famous entertainer grew up there...

AnonymousJuly 21st 2012.

Thanks Art, that's really sensible and explanatory

Big-Hearted ArthurJuly 22nd 2012.


Belvedere BoulevardierJuly 24th 2012.

Before the big Tesco on Park Road there was an octagonal pub and a Leo's supermarket with a post office, and before that it was a Pioneer supermarket.

But what was there before all that 1970s stuff was built?

RobertJuly 27th 2012.

Sadly it doesnt feature the last remaining section of native woodland, Princess Park Nook - the Council chopped it down for a grotesque development of miniature apartments

AnonymousJuly 27th 2012.

No they didn't actually....

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