Recent interesting Bold Street emails.

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.

2 Responses to “Recent interesting Bold Street emails.”


  1. 1 Victoria Thompson Jan 9th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    New development re Hughes, Reade: Google has a few free e-books of Commercial & Shipping directories for Liverpool and I found some other data to date the chair. On 11 May 1869 Timothy Hughes, cabinet maker, at 45, 47 Bold Street went to Bankruptcy Court and the judgment was published in the London Gazette. Hughes owed 12s6d and this was to be paid in 5 installments of 2s6d each. In the 1870 directory of A. Green & Co, Hughes & Co., Cabinet Makers, is at 45 Bold Street. In the 1871 directory he is listed as Timothy Hughes & Co 45,47 Bold Street W, factories Fleet St and 59 Seel St W. The business did cabinet-making, gilding, carving, upholstering and looking-glass manufacture. However, the 1872 directory lists William Peet, locksmith, at 45, 47 Bold Street. This pre-dates the bank building built in 1884. I have no information on Read but, given the current directory entries, I have a feeling that the partnership would have been earlier than 1869. These men did really fine work–I am sitting on my beautiful chair right now ! The businesses around this area of Bold Street included milliners and other common industries of the era. I’d like to know more about Timmy and I’ll add more news if it becomes available.

  2. 2 Brian Feb 20th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    A close friend of mine was the “Doorman” at the Odd Spot. His name was Charlie and he went onto owning a number of successful clubs and nightspots in Liverpool.

    I used to spend time, in the early days, in the Jakaranda Coffee Bar, just off Bold Street, listening to jazz, (Anybody remember John Rubin?) West Indian steel drum music, and many of the bands who eventually became part of the Mersey Beat phenomenon.

    The Jakaranda made the best toasted cheese and bacon sandwiches at lunchtime.

    The Blue Angel, Pink Parrot and the Copacabana clubs were my places to go at the weekend.

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