A surviving photo shows the multi-tiered streets of Liverpool now lost forever

A surviving photograph shows the now demolished multi-level streets of Liverpool and the people who lived there almost a century ago.

The photograph, dated May 5, 1927, shows the entrance from Netherfield Road to Everton Terrace, which was demolished in the 1960s.

The incredibly revealing and detailed image, which resides in the archives of the Liverpool Central Library, shows children playing on the dangerously steep steps that connect the streets at different levels.

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In the foreground, a group of women gathered in the street look at a young boy with a stroller while a lady wearing a hat stands in the doorway of the L. Barker General Stores.

In the store window, there are advertisements for Jacob’s Cream Crackers and Red Seal Coffee.

Seen through the large arch at the top of the stone steps, another staircase can be seen leading to another level of adjoining accommodation.

Everton Terrace survived until the slum clearance of the 1960s, when it was demolished and the land eventually gave way to Everton Park, which was built in the 1980s.

On slum demolition, the Liverpool Echo reported in 1966: “The whole of Everton, including some of Liverpool’s most miserable slums, is being gradually redeveloped along modern lines to convert it into a charming residential area.

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“As part of the redevelopment scheme, it was agreed some time ago that a 100-acre park should be created on either side of Heyworth Street to provide the north end of the town with much needed amenities.”

Following slum clearances, some of the housing was replaced by high-rise buildings in the 1960s, such as the cluster of three 14-story towers dubbed “the Porcheries”. They were unpopular and quickly fell into disuse and were demolished in the 1980s.



Netherfield Road leading to Everton Terrace. May 5, 1927

By the late 1970s the majority of Victorian street clearances and housing had been completed and the space eventually occupied by Rupert Lane Recreation Ground and Whitley Gardens.

The clearances have radically transformed Everton’s landscape, opening up the environment that still presides over the city with sweeping views of the quays and the skyline from its hills.

Although Everton Terrace is no more, a colorful description of its houses and streets appears in the Liverpool Echo in 1930.

The reporter laments the loss of the once leafy suburb with fine mansions that once occupied the area that eventually made way for Everton Terrace.

Journalist, Michael O’Mahony, wrote: “In 1817 Middle-lane changed its name to Everton Terrace, but the devastating change which swept away beautiful old mansions, shady lawns and fragrant gardens to replace them with Abbey Street, Hibbert Street, Stonewall Street, and several others, did not come until many years later.

“The lane or terrace today, in its winding ascent and descent from Rupert Lane to what is no longer Hillside, but St George’s Hill, is for the most part a street of well-kept and comfortable dwelling houses, whose west windows are still guaranteed the smoke-veiled glory of many beautiful sunsets.”

Do you remember Everton Terrace? Let us know in the comments section below.

Everton Terrace has been fondly remembered by elderly people ever since its demolition, even comparing its interconnecting multi-level streets and staircases to drawings by Escher, the great Dutch illustrator famed for his incredibly intricate optical illusions.

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Jack C. Nugent