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Tony Riviera

St Peters Church



St Peters Church in Church Street. Liverpool one is there now. It was where the old Woolies was. it was also Liverpools cathedral for a time
Valencia

Lovely pic of St. Peter's Church.  

Do you know what that Russells building in the background was used for?
Tony Riviera

It was built as the Compton Hotel and later changed to Marks and Spencer. I'm pretty sure that only above the first floor was the hotel
Tony Riviera



Church Street 1910 with the Compton Hotel in centre. St Peters just in view on the right
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St Peters church during demolition 1922. Compton Hotel in background
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A nice view of St Peters church, Church Street. It was standing in as Liverpools cathedral until the Anglican was built. That's why it was called the Pro Cathedral
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St Peters Pro cathedral, Church Street 1908.Compton Hotel in the background
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Another view of St Peters
Jan

Fantastic photo's ,, so good ,, interesting that valencia about Russels ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Thanks Tony for the great pics ,,,,Jan xx Very Happy
Barbie

Fantastic thread, cheers mate!
brainbox

Great pics once again Tony you have some great images in your collection.

I've Just been looking at this and the reference to Marks & Spencer / Compton Hotel. ....The angles from the Church to the building you say is The Compton Hotel in the first pic, just dont work out.  That building in the First Pic is standing on ground where The Littlewoods Building  / Primark now stands  . The Compton Hotel / Marks & Spencer building is the Church Street side of the Church , and in this pic is obscured from us by the Church itself.
This Building shown in your pic was bombed in WW2  and was actually the Headquarters of The Famous Russell Watchmaking Business. The building was also known as its ' Cathedral Works' site , obviously as an indication of its close proximity to St Peters which as you say was the Pro Liverpool Cathedral until its demolition in 1922.
I dont think Compton House itself was purpose built as an Hotel .I reckon it was built as a Department Store and then converted to The Russell Compton Hotel , I have seen pics of it with Shops on its ground Floor with the rest as the Hotel. Marks & Spenser have obviously gradually overtaken the site bit by bit through the years.
Tony Riviera

Wasn't the ground floor always shops, and the hotel above them
brainbox

I think it was originally built as a Department store Tony.
brainbox

Do you see what I mean about the building in first pic not being the Compton Hotel ?
Tony Riviera

Yes, you're right. Just seen it
brainbox

just Googled it Tony.....have a Butchers Here ...


www.burnaby.co.uk/marks-and-spencers-liverpool
Tony Riviera

There are three shields on there too. One was the British, one the American and one was French I think. I'm sure I read that was because it wanted to celebrate the multi culturism of the hotel
brainbox

Yes.  I heard something along those lines somewhere before Tony...I think when it was an Hotel it was Very Very popular with Canadian visitors.
Tony Riviera

I'll bow to your superior knowledge then.
brainbox

Dont no for deffo Tony . only something in the back of my mind...something worth looking into more though...  Good that your pics  started off something else of interest.  Ta !
Tony Riviera

Well, if I was a betting man, I'd put 20p on it...
brainbox

would you stretch to doing it as an each way bet Tony... he ! he !...off  out now catcha Later Matey ..nice chatting !
Tony Riviera

I said IF I was a betting man...
brainbox

A bit of background info on the Russell Watchmakers building shown in pic No. 1

www.ezinearticles.com/?Thomas-Russell-and-The-Early-English-Watchmaking-Industry&id=3475096
MOJO

I think this store, was the first,purpose built,department store,in the world(?)This was built to replace an earlier building,destroyed by fire,in 1865, and was owned by the Jeffrey brothers. It didn't do very well,and later became the "Russel's" Compton house hotel.It was later taken over by M&S,as they had outgrown the "penny bazaar" that they had in Lime st. in 1903! I've already posted a pic' of this on the Compton house thread! Smile

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