House Restoration in Georgian Quarter Liverpool
House Restoration in Georgian Quarter Liverpool has been steadily increasing over the years Im glad to say and this whole district has become a very sought after place to live. I was called in to photograph this beautiful house renovation on Canning Street for the owner to keep a record of the fruition of his work. it was lovely to see as I used to live round the corner on Faulkner Square. Most of these properties had been turned into flats over the years so it was wonderful to see a full house in all its glory.
The early 19th century was a time of rapid growth for Liverpool. The newly developed steam engine was powering an industrial revolution across northern England, and in 1830 the world’s first passenger railway was opened between Liverpool and Manchester. New and bigger docks were under construction. Trade boomed between Britain and all corners of the world, and the population tripled between 1831 and 1891.
While many of Liverpool’s new citizens lived in overcrowded, sometimes squalid conditions, the nouveau riche could afford more luxurious surroundings. In 1800, the Corporation Surveyor John Foster Senior had drawn up plans for an area known as Mosslake Fields. Situated on top of St James’s Mount away from the grime of the city centre, the area offered an opportunity to live in spacious comfort. Over the next 100 years a succession of developers built a large number of imposing and elegant town houses, mostly in the Georgian style.
Development was largely speculative. Prospective residents were offered large, elegantly proportioned homes with plenty of room for the servants, all a cab ride away from the warehouse, office, docks and exchange. For a time the area bloomed, but by the last quarter of the nineteenth century Canning had become obsolete. The railways arrived, and consistently fast transport meant that people could live further from their place of business. Over the years, the gentry moved away, and the character of the area changed, but over the last twenty years there have been some wonderful improvements. Houses have been renovated and restored, street lighting improved, pavements repaired. Its a fantastic are to live in as its so close to the town centre and university buildings.
History of Canning area cited from canning.merseyworld.com