A popular subject for early railway artists?
The Liverpool & Manchester Railway (L&MR) opened in 1830 and Reid's Farm was an early stopping-place, first appearing in fare schedules in 1831. The first part of this post looked at how Reid's Farm got and lost its name, subsequently becoming known as Barton Moss (which I take to be a subset of Chat Moss in the context of . . .
How an early railway station got and lost its name
As ever, there is a fair degree of conjecture in what follows. Basic background comes from standard texts by Thomas and Ferneyhough.
The evolution of intermediate stations
When the Liverpool & Manchester Railway (L&MR) opened in September 1830, there was no timetable for intermediate stopping places, . . .
Library and newsroom on Church Street
The 19th century saw Liverpool evolve from its mainly mercantile phase into a city with higher aspirations. That is not to say that convenient access to the latest news was without merit so it was natural that the Athenaeum evolved into a hybrid newsroom-cum-library. Hitherto the need for news had been furnished largely by provision . . .
Healthcare for the poor of Georgian Liverpool
The Dispensary was the place for the urban poor to go if in need of out-patient medical advice or treatment. It replaced and enhanced the service previously provided by the parish apothecary, the Dispensary having its own house apothecary plus medical staff.
While the service was free, patients had to be . . .
A large repository of C19th Liverpool sketches
British Museum FTW
It's always fun to find a new source, not least when it's a book written 200 years ago that triggers the search. Americal pioneer chemist and science educator Benjamin Silliman visited London in 1805 and was impressed by what he found at the British Museum (BM) if not by the rushed nature of the visit.. . .
A visit to Liverpool's first museum
An American in Liverpool
When the American pioneer chemist and educator Benjamin Silliman
arrives in Liverpool in 1805 he stays in the Liverpool Arms Hotel, presumably on Water Street at that time (it later moves to Castle Street).
He does a whirlwind tour of the cultural highlights of the city before travelling to . . .
Panorama paintings in Liverpool
The first virtual reality experience on Bold Street
Before Bold Street had a Diorama it had the Rotunda. By the time the mid-19th century guides were being written, all they could say was that the building had formerly been used to display panorama paintings. By the time the Diorama opened in 1823, the Rotunda had probably already . . .