Members and visitors may be interested in some of the buildings and structures in the area surrounding “Hope at Everton”, our regular meeting place since 2003. On this page you will find an illustration of how a Victorian artist imagined Shaw Street looked in 1790, a sadly neglected memorial, a vanished church, and two notable buildings recently restored.

Having inherited the former Halsall estate from John Shaw not long before, Thomas Shaw realised sometime about 1826 that, to avoid a lengthy detour, it would be convenient for there to be a link between Moss Street and Netherfield Road. He therefore arranged for the laying out of a new road, to be called Shaw Street. This quickly became a prestigious residential area with the first house being built in 1829. Since then, as in so much of Liverpool, there have been many changes.

Our short walk begins at the Round House shown in the middle of the cattle pound in the centre of William Gawin Herdsman’s drawing above. Representations of this little building, usually referred to as Everton Lock-up may well be the most widely known of all those shown on this page, as it now forms the centrepiece of the badge of The Blues, one of our city’s two world famous football clubs, Liverpool and Everton. (Apparently it first appeared on a tie in 1938, but was not officially adopted until 1980) Built circa 1787, this was where drunks and other miscreants were held overnight, before presentation to the local magistrate next morning for judgement and appropriate punishment. Some sources refer to the building as Prince Rupert’s Tower, but as he was in the area in 1644, and presumably higher up the hill, this is surely a misnomer. It is now apparently used as a store for gardeners’ tools. A not dissimilar lock-up can be found on the Green at Wavertree.

A few metres south of the old lock up, in Whitley Gardens is a white marble cross standing on a red sandstone base. In these post-Colonial days, the justification for the campaign to which the memorial relates, the so-called Indian Mutiny, is the subject of debate. However, it commemorates 243 British officers and men of the 8th The King’s Regiment, formerly the 8th Regiment of Foot. While its designer is apparently unknown, the Cross was presented to 8th King’s by Lt Gen A C Robertson, CB, and initially erected in Portsmouth in 1863. It was moved to Chelsea Hospital, the home of the eponymous Pensioners, in 1877, and finally came to Liverpool in 1911, where it is now the care of the City Council. It is sad that the faces and inscriptions of the memorial have become so worn by the ravages of time and weather, for, like the Indians they were fighting, these men gave their lives in the service or their country. Perhaps, one day, there will be sufficient funds to restore this Grade II listed monument, or at least prevent further deterioration and vandalism.

The next point on our stroll is the site of the former Anglican Church of St Augustine, which was built to the design of John Broadbent in 1830. Piston’s Memorials of Liverpool (1875) describe it as “severe Greek”, and a “reduced impoverished copy of St Pancras’, London”. The church was destroyed by Nazi bombing in 1941, and no trace, save the rocky outcrop on which it stood, now remains. A prefabricated Day Nursery stands in its place.

Crossing College Street North, we reach what was once Liverpool College or Liverpool Collegiate Institution, the foundation stone of which was laid by its Patron, the future Prime Minister and 14th Earl of Derby, on 22 October 1840. Constructed largely of red Woolton sandstone, its architect was 26 years old Harvey Lonsdale Elmes, who, three years before had designed the city’s magnificent St George’s Hall.

Collegiate & St Augustine’s In complete contrast to the latter’s classical Greek style, the façade of the old Collegiate is largely Gothic, but with Tudor touches, to comply, more or less, with the founders’ competition conditions, and it was opened on 6 January 1843, by another future Prime Minister, W E Gladstone. The College continued to own and use the buildings until 1907, when they withdrew to their other premises in Lodge Lane. The Shaw Street buildings were sold for £12,500 to Liverpool Corporation, who then used them for various educational purposes until 1985. Badly damaged by arsonists and other vandals, they have in recent years been rescued by the developers, Urban Splash and converted into prestigious apartments.

The walls of the former octagonal Assembly Hall (above, left, in c1845), at the rear of the College now surround a private garden. Our photograph, above right shows, its external appearance during conversion when it was marred by an ugly advertising banner. No doubt a welcome amenity for the residents, one cannot help but wonder whether this element of the complex will always look rather forlorn?

The last building to demand our notice is the former Strict and Particular Baptist Chapel on the corner of Shaw St and College St South, shown below left before its recent £800,000 conversion to apartments.

Old SPB Chapel, Shaw St John Bennett Memorial Successor to Byrom St Chapel, and said by Picton to be “almost an exact reproduction of in design of the Church of St Matthias, Great Howard St”, which was burned down in 1848, this red brick and stone Classical style building has a simple severity befitting its former denomination.

Parts of the chapel remained in use for worship until a few years ago, but it is understood that upon acquisition by the developers, none of the interior fittings, which were largely post-war, were worthy of retention. A memorial commemorating James Bennett, a deacon of the church for 25 years who died in 1853 and was buried in the nearby Low Hill Necropolis, was however saved, and is pictured here, above right. Its present location is not known to the LHS.

You can trace your walk along Shaw St, from the 8th (King’s) Memorial to the St Francis Xavier complex in the 1930’s aerial photo below. Since 1998 this has been the home of Hope at Everton where the Liverpool History Society meets in The Cornerstone Building.

55 Responses

  1. John Lawler says:

    99 Shaw Street

    Catholic Times Editor and owner Father Nugent used this premises to save poor children before going to the Pier Head for Ferry Boats to Canada for better Lives. Then SVP Catholic Society for Deaf Dumb took over it from 1924 before Manchester had one SVP branch in 1928. Trams used to run along the road. 13 14 19 28. To Pier Head, Norris Green , Fazakerley , Kirkby. 28 went past Majestic Cinema to Liverpool 8 district.

  2. Darrell Brady says:

    I attended The Collegiate in the 1970’s. I rememember the area around Shaw street in them times being inhabited by very ragged usually bearded often drunken men. Somtimes they would be begging coppers as I doubt there was much spare cash around that area then. As I remember a lot were Irish.

    I have lived in many places during an eventfull life but have never seen such concentrations of obviously chronic alcoholics apart from on the south bank in London before redevelopment in the late 90s.
    The memory of these poor souls has never left me. Was there a spike house or other such institution on Shaw street?

    1. Fred Forrest says:

      Hi Darrell …. I also attended the LCS but in the ’60s. Also lived close by. Shaw St had a number of hostels in the large houses, in the 60s / 70s for those less fortunate one known as the “Unique”! In earlier years, some had been orphanages, hospitals and even a school (part of SFX). Further down Shaw St, just beyond the Everton lock up, was the Anne Fowler Salvation Army Hostel for “fallen” women, in a former, now demolished, non-conformist church. Threatening to send someone to Anne Fowler’s was a term of abuse in the area at the time! Other hostels were a men’s Salvation Army one in Norton St, almost at London Rd junction. You could see rows of beds in this from top deck of a bus. Also, a men’s one at bottom of Islington, nearly facing where the Trade Union building is now. Today, there is a homeless hostel, the Whitechapel Centre, in one of former SFX school buildings, just across from the church door.

      We meet on the SFX site, now part of Hope Uni, entering directly opposite LCS front door.

      Best wishes …….. fred, Secy., LHS

      1. Maria O'Rourke says:

        Was Reagans the lodging House on Islington Fred?

        1. Fred Forrest says:

          Maria ……….could well have been known as that as, in a copy of a 1938 Kelly’s Directory I’ve got on CD, no. 38 is shown as Regan’s Dining Rooms.
          Used to see these unfortunate men in the 1960s from the windows of the Collegiate School as they walked long Shaw St. One was known as “drain the bottle” because of his habit of getting every last drop out of a milk bottle as he walked towards town!………………….. Fred, Secretary, LHS

      2. Darrell Brady says:

        Thanks a lot Fred

    2. Darrell,
      There were 2 hostels on Shaw Street, one at 57 close to the Collegiate and one further down the road at 194 (or 149). They were ‘move on’ hostels from the Crypt Night Shelter at the Catholic Cathedral. They were ran by the Petrus Community Trust in the 1980s. I worked at 57 in 1984 and 1985. Not all the residents were drinkers but giro day could get quite interesting.

      1. remember 57 well – worked there 82-83.
        Lovely wind down flat in L8!

  3. George Rowlands says:

    Can you help, I am looking for a Photo of the Everton Labour club, it was located at the top of Village street at No 22. I am researching the location of the Queens Hotel pub.
    Kind Regards George Rowlands

    1. Fred Forrest says:

      George…..think I might already have replied to you suggesting the Liverpool Record Office? You could also try Freddie O’Connor’s Liverpool pub books.

  4. Joan Borrowscale says:

    All very very interesting – thanks so much

  5. Arthur Gorton says:

    Is it possible to access online archives of the Liverpool Echo from the fifties and sixties? I have been trying and struggling!!

    Do the City Council keep copies of election leaflets and would these be available online? (again I am thinking of the fifties and sixties)

    Thanks in advance for any help you may be able to offer.

    1. Fred Forrest says:

      Arthur …………….try Liverpool Record Office in new library in William Brown St. Echos are on microfilm. They might also be able to help you with the other query as I doubt City Council would keep political leaflets. Fred Forrest, Secretary, LHS

  6. Maria O'Rourke says:

    Does anyone know the name of the church that was on the corner of Shaw St/Rupert Lane? Next to the Everton Lock up….not St. Augustine’s on College St. north./Shaw St. When I was small in the early 50’s the land from demolished said church had flats/maisonettes on facing Everton Brow’s corner.

    1. Fred Forrest says:

      Maria …. presume you don’t mean the former “Anne Fowler’s” to the north of the lock up but the church that was just to the south, I believe it was a Welsh Methodist Chapel built in 1866, designed by John Denison Jee. mentioned in Pevsner’s book of 1969 so still there then………. Fred, Secretary, LHS

      1. Maria O'Rourke says:

        Cheers Fred…is that not the one to the right of The Collegiate, that is now apartments? I don’t mean that Chapel. The one I refer to was on first corner to right of the lock up it definitely wasn’t there in ’69 as I had friends who lived in the flats on the chapel site. Thanks Maria.

          1. Maria O'Rourke says:

            This is the one, Fred.

          2. Fred Forrest says:

            Marie ………..think I’ve now found it in David Lewis’s “Churches of Liverpool”, p122, c/w picture. It was the Everton Brow Welsh Presbyterian Church. Says it was blitzed but re-opened in 1950 and was sold to an Independent Baptist group in 1954. Don’t know when it was demolished but I can now remember a 3 storey block of 1940 s / 1950s (?) flats next to the successor church there, which Lewis says is a People’s Church. I cycle long Shaw St every few weeks but can’t recall if it’s still there!? Will look next time. BW ……… Fred, Sec., LHS

          3. Fred Forrest says:

            Maria …. I meant also to mention that Lewis says the church you mentioned was facing the Particular Baptist Chapel. I can’t recall it being there when I started at Collegiate in 1962 so must have gone before then. Think there was a car showroom there. BW …………….. Fred

    2. Linda Moorhead was Farley says:

      Was it st john Bennett

  7. Denys Owen says:

    When I was a youth, the Collegiate school was considered to be one of the best in the city. My father went there just before the 1st World War, and my two best friends were there in the 1940s. I was in the Liverpool Scottish in the early 1940s (as a cadet) when they were based in a Victorian barracks , long demolished. I would travel there on the No.46 tram from Penny Lane. An interesting route.
    Not long before arsonists destroyed it, a friend with a connection in the council told me they knew it was going to happen but they had no money (or will) to protect it.

  8. Fred Forrest says:

    Denys ………….. having been at the Collegiate in the 1960s right up to the Sixth Form, I’d have to say it was Liverpool’s best school! We even had a Combined Cadet Force based on the Public School model, uniforms, guns and all! I was too much of a pacifist to join it, however! At least the facade, entrance hall etc have been saved and the building’s unique architecture in Liverpool is safe. Best wishes …………………………. Fred Forrest, Secretary, LHS

  9. Geoff Cheesman says:

    Hello, reading about the Collegiate School I wonder did they have connections to The Boys Brigade or was that connected to a church maybe. My Father attended the Collegiate in the 30’s and lived on Netherfield Road in a Pub Called the Emille St Pierre Vaults at number 25.

    Thanks for any info. Geoff

    1. Fred Forrest says:

      Geoff ………………… I attended Collegiate in 1960s and we had a Combined Cadet Force on the Public School model (army uniforms, guns, parades, teachers as officers etc) and also I think a Scout troop run by a lab technician. I was in neither. I can’t recall a BB though……… Fred, Secretary, LHS.

      1. Wm Hughes says:

        The scout troop was originally organised by Thomas Hilton Hewitt, and was taken over by an Old Boy, Alan Scott, in the early 1970s.

  10. Linda Jones says:

    I have found a relative of my husband’s living at 43 to 45 Shaw Street on the 1901 census. All those listed are either draper’s assistants or dressmakers. Were these buildings being used by one of the big Liverpool department stores as accommodation for their staff at this time?

    thanks, Linda

    1. Fred Forrest says:

      Linda ………………… The Owen Owen shop did use these buildings to accommodate staff. It was then in the T.J.Hughes shop five mins walk away in London Rd (the 2 shops were part of the same chain for many years – both Welsh names of course so probably friends?). Owen Owen himself lived in Pembroke Place, a few minutes walk from London Rd shop, for many years. Best wishes …… Fred, Secretary, LHS

  11. Alan Darlington says:

    Hi Fred,

    I lived in Rupert Hill until its demise in the late 60s. I also attended the Collegiate from 1961 to 1966 but unfortunately I’m not familiar with your good self. Mr Crofts was the headmaster and Woodward the deputy. Sid Chalk the maths teacher ran the combined cadet force (ccf). A boy Scout troupe was run I think by Mr Hewett the lab technician. The ccf was initially affiliated to the South Lancs Regiment and later the Liverpool Scottish.

    Best wishes,

    Alan Darlington

    1. Fred Forrest says:

      Alan ……………. yes, it was Mr Hewitt! Think he had some kind of back deformity? I was never in the CCF or the Scouts there, I lived in Phythian St, off Low Hill. until we finally moved as part of slum clearance in May ’68, strangely on the day before my first written A level exam! Form masters were Darton in 3A, Herring in 4A, Shillaker in Remove A, Gawler in 5A, Cowie in Lower 6th and Short in Upper Sixth. Seems strange now going to LHS committee meetings and talks 50 years on just across the road at SFX and Hope! Best wishes ……………… Fred

    2. Tom Kirby says:

      Hello Alan .. classmate..Collegiate 1961-66.
      The top floor had folding walls to all the classrooms , which allowed for a full length firing range for the CCF with their Lee Enfield .303 rifles to practice firing with . They were ex-Army rifles.
      The Collegiate gave the finest education possible to the back street kids of Liverpool.
      I became a Corporate Accountant, but others went on to Cambridge for their degrees.
      Many went on to Sandhurst or Cranfield for Officer training and commisions.
      The Masters all wore mortarboards and cloaks.

  12. Sharon Gunn says:

    Hoping for info on what happened to Crescent Congregational Church, Everton, Liverpool. I believe it was in the area that you are discussing. My grandmother grew up there, her father being gardner and caretaker about 1910 – 1915. I was told they lived on the grounds. 1911 census has address of 190 Richmond Row for the family. Found references to their newsletter, but no info on fate of the church. Grandmother moved to Canada in 1922.

  13. Fred Forrest says:

    Sharon ….. Lewis, in his book mentioned above, says that the church was sold to “the Franciscan friars” in 1937 and the 1938 Kelly’s Directory corroborates this, listing the building as the church hall of St Mary’s of the Angels, an RC Church in adjacent Fox St. That church building is still there but now largely used as a rehearsal space for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Your church, unfortunately, would have been a victim of the 1960s slum clearance, if not the 1941 German Blitz, which destroyed a number of local churches. Ironically, some of the local buildings, mostly large blocks of flats, built following the 1960s slum clearance, were demolished within 20 years! Best wishes …………….. Fred Forrest, Secretary, LHS .

  14. I have found out, on Ancestry site, that my dad, in 1911 at the age of 13, was in an institution at No.95/97 Shaw Street, Everton. Does anyone know what it was, please?

    1. Hi message for Francis Turner, I have posted on this website too, looking for details on the Deaf and Dumb club my Grandpa attended from around 1906 to 1940 this was based at 99 Shaw Street, Liverpool, not sure if this helps you? Unfortunately nothing was ever forth coming. I continue therefore to seek further info.

  15. Eric Allford says:

    I remember Shaw Street well. I lived in Radcliffe Street, then Westbourne Street, and finally William Henry Street….ending up in Wirral…
    I went to S.F.X. catholic junior school up to 1963 when Mr O’Keefe was Head.passed the 11plus and went on to Cardinal Godfrey…..
    remember going to the “cubs” in a basement in Shaw street….I remember the Unique Hostel……and the Orange Lodge parades….great days

  16. Louise Drinkwater says:

    Does anyone have information or know of any records for the deaf and dumb school or club which existed in 99 Shaw Street. Liverpool. I am looking for details back from 1890 through to 1940.

  17. Maria O'Rourke says:

    Eric Alford…When I was a schoolgirl in the 60’s the SFX scout hut was in the grounds of SFX Jnr Boys. The frontage was facing the boiler room and classrooms of the school and the back wall faced the main entrance door way of SFX church.

    Further to the question of Francis Turner about her father staying in an institution in Shaw St., oils the building possibly have been linked to the LSPCC (Lpool Society for Prevention of Cruelty to
    Children)the forerunner to NSPCC that was on corner of Shaw St/Islington Square of which building is now Dr. Renton Surgery and Yellow Fever Clinic? It was for orphaned children too not just kids treated badly.

  18. 1.SFX Scouts and cubs originally met in Harford Hall – a former synagogue in Shaw St on the far side of William Henry St. This was used as a parish hall by SFX and named after the first Catholic Lord Mayor of Liverpool. It closed when the Strada Hall was opened in 1958. The Scouts and cubs then moved to 51 Shaw Street and finally to the prefab in the yard of the Junior Boys School.

    2. The Deaf and Dumb club was at 99 Shaw Street and run by Sisters of St Vincent de Paul (Daughters of Charity) which were based in the Blind Asylum in BrunswickRd. This has since moved to Christopher Grange in West Derby. Records may be with Lpool Archdiocesan archivist.

  19. Janice Godfrey says:

    hello can you help me my grandmother was listed as being a tailors clerk in 1930 at 119 shaw street i had heard somewhere that this might have been for unmarried mothers ?

  20. N F Cusak says:

    Info on Particular Baptist Chapel in Shaw Street, please ?

  21. Nita Hutchison says:

    I am curious to know if number 11 Shaw Street still exists? One of my ancestors lived there with his parents (George Reade), prior to sailing to Australia in 1853.

    1. Colin Holland says:

      Unfortunately the building that originally stood at 11 Shaw Street has not survived. That part of Shaw Street is now Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus. Number 11 was opposite the north west corner of College Street South and Shaw Street. Just look for the corner on Shaw Street with the south west corner of the Collegiate building on it and look directly across Shaw Street and that’s where number 11 once stood.

  22. Nita Hutchison says:

    Thank you in anticipation.

  23. Darien Critchley says:

    Please fix your site, so email addresses do not remain displayed once message is posted. Thank you.

  24. David O'Callaghan says:

    Does any person know of a William Gibson who lived at 46 Shaw st in the forties/fifties I think it was a hostel

    1. Fred Forrest says:

      46 doesn’t appear to have existed? Judging from 1935 & 46 Kelly’s, there was a jump in even numbers to take account of the space taken up by the park. About 30 William Gibsons in 46 Directory.

  25. James Healy says:

    Does anyone know the name of the school on the corner of shaw street, Everton brow in the 40s

  26. Barry Davies says:

    Hi, I’ve just viewed an online image at 114 Shaw Street of a modern building declaring ‘The Peoples Church’. Around 1890 – 1910 my Gt.Gt.uncle, the Rev. David Powell used to be the Minister of the original ‘People’s Church’. At that time he was living at 28 Osborne Road which was a bit of a hike to his church. Do you have any information about the history of the original building (was it bombed) and is the modern building shown still in use? – I’m doing family research and have several items relating to the Rev. David Powell including his book and a copy of his last sermon. Any relevant information would be much appreciated. Many thanks, Barry Davies.

  27. Are there any photos of the hospital for women 109 shaw street opened in 1883. My gg grandmother died there in 1892.

  28. Yvonne Forrest says:

    I’m from Australia and trying to trace where my grandmother lived and what she did prior to emigrating in 1925. On her ship passenger record it says her last address (and that of two other 20 something year old young women travelling with her) was “43 Shaw St, Moss Street, Liverpool”. All three girls occupations were listed as Domestics. Would be very appreciative for any assistance. My grandmother dies some years ago and I’m trying to flesh out my family tree.
    Yvonne Forrest

  29. Carol Smith says:

    Does anyone remember Sarah Mcardle Day Nursery, I trained there in late 70’s, Did it get demolished ? I presume so , as I cannot see it on Google maps

  30. Blanche Gilkes says:

    My grandad had the lease on 74Shaw street, corner of William Henry street. He obtained it from the army and used it as a doss house for men. My mum was the cleaner for a while. There was an army barracks on the other side of the side street and my grandad was in the army for a while sO maybe that helped him get the lease. If only our parents and grandparents could have told us more about past family .

  31. Nicola Scott says:

    Does anyone have any history on 107 Shaw Street? My grandparents were listed as living there on the 1955 Electoral register. Samuel and Florence Scott. I would appreciate any help.

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