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Grand Central bins the Quiggins bit

Decision 'nothing to do with politics'

Written by . Published on November 26th 2012.

Grand Central bins the Quiggins bit

CONFUSION after independent shopping and collectors’ market “Quiggins at Grand Central” bins the first part of its name.

The Renshaw Street emporium has long kept the “Quiggins” element of its title, in the shape of several colourful large signs at the front door.

It’s a hark-back to the umbrella name stall-holders operated under for 20 years, when Quiggins was housed across town in School Lane.

Then, the hugely popular clothing and antiques centre was co-owned by Peter Tierney. He would later became an active member of the British National Party - at one point convicted of assault - before giving it all up for a life in the National Front.

Quiggins was controversially demolished in 2007, as part of the Grosvenor development, and many of its traders found new homes at the Renshaw Street hall, a listed building with which Quiggins has no connection.

Quiggins in School LaneQuiggins in School LaneTierney, who now runs a shop called Quiggins AttiQue elsewhere in the city, came bottom in this year’s Liverpool mayoral election, scraping a measly 566 votes on behalf of the NF.  The ballot paper listed him as Peter "Quiggins" Tierney.

So it was perhaps no surprise this weekend, when a statement appeared on the “Quiggins at Grand Central” Facebook page declaring the store’s intention to finally divorce itself from the association altogether. 

"This is an official announcement, as of two weeks time we are losing the ‘Quiggins’ from our name,” read the post. “We are Grand Central and proud to be independent. We have no association with that name or it's (sic) not-so-nice counterparts”.

Customers were also promised “new signs and a new style”.


Big thumbs up all around, you might think, as did the dozens of “fans” who gave the post just that. 

Indeed, one stall-holder, who did not wish to be named, welcomed the move, telling a Liverpool Confidential correspondent: "The National Front are nuts, it's good to know we're nothing to do with them."

But, it seems, everyone had got hold of the wrong end of the stick and it was all a case of hue, rather than cry.

This morning, the Facebook statement had been removed, as had the page admin rights of the unnamed tenant who posted it, LC was told.

Yes, the vivid Quiggins signs outside are disappearing, a spokesperson added, but, they insisted, the decision had nothing to do with politics. They hadn’t even heard about the name on the ballot paper and it was more to do with aesthetics.

“We just don’t like the colours,” they said.

Well, quite.

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Lord StreetNovember 26th 2012.

Well, er:

1. Quiggins started and took its name from the shop where it started, formerly ‘Quiggins Architectural Ironmongers’ on Renshaw Street (now 69A) which expanded and moved into the School Lane building. The original Quiggins merged with 'Thews' in the Casartelli building.

2. The School Lane building of 1871 was not demolished but subsumed into Liverpool One. Can’t for the life of me remember the name of the shop that’s in it now. I think it was supposed to be ‘Whistles’

3. The current building in the photograph is actually Central Hall.

4. Renshaw Hall is on the next block behind Master Chef. It was the dole office (entered through the side entrance in Benson Street) until it closed and then became an indoor car park. As well as many LivConf readers BBC TV’s ‘Boys from the Black Stuff’ used to sign on there – dig out the old video and see.

5. ‘Grand Central’ was the name invented by the bloke who opened Central Hall as a disco appended by the ‘Bar Celona’ and ‘Bar Racine’.
But apart from that the article’s correct.

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EditorialNovember 26th 2012.

1. Yeh we know.
2. It was demolished, only the facade remains.
3. Correct.
4. Yeh, we know that too.
5. How could we forget a prominent member of Frankie Goes to Hollywood signing on there, the very week Relax went to Number One?
But apart from that, cheers

Lord StreetNovember 26th 2012.

Happy to be of service!

<Doffs hat>

What is the name of the shop that's now in the old Quiggins School Lane façade?
I used to love the old ‘Brook Café’!

AnonymousNovember 27th 2012.

Is it Jigsaw?

mrsmarsaNovember 27th 2012.

it IS Jigsaw. Always looks devoid of customers to me.

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AnonymousNovember 28th 2012.

They seem to specialise in odd locations with no people - the manchester store is the same

AnonymousNovember 27th 2012.

And there was a second hand record shop next to the old Quiggins in School Lane, one of the owners claiming to have a definitive James Brown collection.

How Peter Tierney managed to get away for so long as the voice of the 'alternative' trader standing up to big bad Grosvenor I'll never know. Were his tenants unaware of his far right activities, or did Quiggins' defeat at the hands of the Duke of Westminster drive him to this more extreme paranoid British supremacist position? Answers on a postcard please.

Vi NyllNovember 28th 2012.

Ace comic and record fairs at the Central Hall in the 1980s

Clarrie NetteNovember 28th 2012.

And the Liverpool Music Centre (for affordable music lessons) was in the basement

Rhythm MethodistNovember 29th 2012.

There were rumours in the 1980s that if your credentials were sufficiently christian and you met the approval of the Methodists that you'd be able to rent a flat high up in the Central Hall.

AnonymousFebruary 20th 2013.

Yeah but...what 'Quiggins' is now is pretty rubbish. Some stalls selling t-shirts with insipid slogans, overpriced records, miscellaneous tat and oh-so-cool retro gear. See ya! Let's try something new for chrissakes.

Mad MitchNovember 17th 2014.

no matter who owned it who ran it ... was the stall holders who made the place since the move times have changed and many stall holders have moved on what was is now a shadow

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