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Caption for Liverpool, Picton Library And Reading Room 1895: This building was named after Sir James Allanson Picton, antiquary and architect, knighted in 1881, the first chairman of the Liverpool Libraries Committee. He had devoted himself to the foundation of a free public library and museum for the people of Liverpool. The architect of this lovely round building was Cornelius Sherlock, and it was built between 1875 and 1879. Liverpool people nick-named it 'the gasometer', and the name stuck for many years. The building was provided by Sir William Brown, and the Corporation later added the Picton Reading Room in 1879.

An extract from Liverpool and Merseyside Photographic Memories.

Memories of Liverpool

Hello Audrey, I grew up in Starfield Street which was next to Berwick. We lived there from 1951 till ‘66 when I left home for university. I had 2 sisters, Diane and Christine. We all went to Butler Street school and went swimming in Boaler Street baths. Our family name was Houlton though my mum’s family had lived (...Read full memory)

I used to live in Rolfe Street off back Molyneux Road. The houses there now have the Beatles names.Such good memories Pebbles..Capaldi..Kenny Cinema many more. my Mum used to work in a fruit shop called Hurst's. I have tried to find old pics of Rolfe Street but no luck..so sad. my ex Husband used to live in Thornes road OPP Kenny library. so many memories xx My name used to be Valerie MC Dowall

Happy memories! I was born in Liverpool, 1947, but my father moved us down to Plymouth in 1952, where I'm still living. Because of all my maternal relatives still living in Liverpool we'd make frequent visits and I have fond memories of the trams, the last one of which ran in September 1957, two years after this photo. If I (...Read full memory)

I was born in red rock street I have many lovely memories of my childhood there sadly my sister and I had to leave when our mother died we have never forgotten our time there and as we don't have anything from our time as a family there we do have the memories of family times there the corner shop was on the next block to us (...Read full memory)

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