Liverpool, St George's Hall c.1881

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Caption for Liverpool, St George's Hall C1881: Started in June 1838 to accommodate the Liverpool Music Festival, which was held every four years and had become a very popular event, St George's Hall is one of the greatest buildings in England. The designer Harvey Longsdale Elmes was only 23 when he won the design competition, firstly for the Music Hall and then for new Law Courts for Liverpool; he put the two buildings into one. Because of the change of plans and uses of the hall, the building was not started in earnest until 1842. Elmes never saw his magnificent work completed. The extra work put such a burden on him that he fell ill, and was sent on a sea journey to the West Indies to rest. He died just after arriving in Jamaica, and is laid to rest there. His work was taken over by C R Cockerell and the hall was opened on 18 September 1854. It is a strange mixture - concert hall, law courts, theatre, cells and jail - but it worked well, and is a marvellous and unique building.

An extract from Liverpool and Merseyside Photographic Memories.

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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)

I attended a presentation at St George's Hall as a youngster, where I received a beautiful certificate in recognition of an essay I had written. I have no idea what I wrote about but since the RSPCA awarded the certificate, then I assume it must have been about animals. As a very shy, not-at-all-confident child, I (...Read full memory)

I was brought up in no 3 Loudon Grove. However, on a recent visit I noticed that Nos 1, 3, 5, and 7 along with others have been demolished and only No 7 on that side of the road has been replaced with a new house. The location of 1, 3 and 5 is just grassed over. Does anybody know the reason for this?  I remember (...Read full memory)

Around 1949 to1951 ish. I too remember attending a big party for underprivileged children at St Georges Hall. We had to line up to collect a gift on the stage. We could choose from a selection. I always wanted a doll but was so shy I just grabbed the first box I saw, I think it may have been a game, but not the doll I longed for. It was a happy memory.

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Caption for Liverpool, St George's Hall C1881: Started in June 1838 to accommodate the Liverpool Music Festival, which was held every four years and had become a very popular event, St George's Hall is one of the greatest buildings in England. The designer Harvey Longsdale Elmes was only 23 when he won the design competition, firstly for the Music Hall and then for new Law Courts for Liverpool; he put the two buildings into one. Because of the change of plans and uses of the hall, the building was not started in earnest until 1842. Elmes never saw his magnificent work completed. The extra work put such a burden on him that he fell ill, and was sent on a sea journey to the West Indies to rest. He died just after arriving in Jamaica, and is laid to rest there. His work was taken over by C R Cockerell and the hall was opened on 18 September 1854. It is a strange mixture - concert hall, law courts, theatre, cells and jail - but it worked well, and is a marvellous and unique building.

An extract from Liverpool and Merseyside Photographic Memories.

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