10 Interesting FACTS about Bold Street to dazzle your friends, you’ll be a hit in your local pub with these pearls of wisdom.
1. Bold Street was laid out in the 1770’s
2. The street is named after Jonas Bold a local slave owner, merchant and banker.
3. The Lyceum was built to house a gentlemen’s club and was the first subscription library in Europe.
4. Number 100 Bold Street was built to house Louis Daguerre’s Diorama and opened it’s doors in 1825.
5. C.Ferranit, father of Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti innovator in the development of electrical engineering was born at 130 Bold Street in 1864.
6. Phillip George Barraud developed the idea for the famous HMV logo His Masters Voice whilst practicing from 92 Bold Street
7. During the 1980’s, a development plan known as the Shankland Plan proposed to totally cover Bold Street in glass thus making it an indoor shopping area.
8. There are a few apparent secret passages underneath the pavement in Bold Street, one has been discovered running from Foners to an unknown location – the reasons for this are unknown.
9. Bold Street is the first place Doris Mercer (project contributor) saw a poodle.
10. Famous bands including, The Beatles, The Smiths, Maximo Park, the Stone Roses, The Swans, New Order, Midge Ure and Echo & The Bunnymen have all played on Bold Street.