I was recently contacted by a couple of far-flung readers of the blog who wondered if I had any information on their family members and possessions.
As I couldn’t find much out I thought I’d post it here to see if there is anyone who knows anything they can share.
The first is from a Dr Whittingham whose enquiry was related to his Mum who once sold copies of a radical pamphlet in Bold Street. The pamphlet was called ‘White, Orange and Green’ and was sold from an empty shop which was described as a ‘big, bare, shop’ by the Liverpool Echo at the time (1936)
Bold Street has long had a history of radical activity, from protest to one of the first vegetarian cafe in the country so this discovery has really helped to reinforce this.
The second is from Victoria in Toronto who bought an antiques chair in Canada in 1974. She later discovered that the chair was made or sold in Bold Street and was branded with the name Hughes, Read & Co 45 & 47 Bold Street, Liverpool. According to the Gores Street directories I have which only go back to 1892 this is the location of the Liverpool Union Bank, now Pizza Pronto, Mr Chips and the sweet shop by Subway. The suggestion is that these chairs pre-date that. If anyone has any information about Hughes Read and Co Victoria and I would be really interested in hearing from you.Have a look here for images of the chairs.
Thank you to Dr Whittingham and Victoria for their contributions.