Hanover Street and the branch of the Bank of England, Liverpool

Hanover Street and the branch of the Bank of England, Liverpool. “From a drawing by W. G. Herdman, in the Liverpool Free Public Library.” Source: Muir's Bygone Liverpool, Plate 91.

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In the year 1827 the Bank of England decided to open a branch in Liverpool, and purchased for the purpose the house built between the year 1730-1740 by Thomas Steers, the engineer who constructed the old dock. This house was fronted with a stone of excellent design, and was the first large stone-fronted dwelling-house erected in Liverpool. In 1769 it was occupied by Thomas Seel, a large property owner, whose name survives in Seel Street, and its beautiful extensive garden reached almost to Colquitt Street. The house is still standing, and is occupied by Messrs. Evans Sons, Lescher and Webb, Ltd., who bought it from the Bank of England when the branch was removed to the new building prepared for it in Castle Street. It is shown as the second house in the picture, which is a view of the south-east side of Hanover Street from Seel Street to Bold Street. At the period the house was built Hanover Street was a fashionable locality. Mr. Parr's house, to which was attached a beautiful garden, was at the corner of College Lane, and there were other fine houses in the close neighbourhood. Mr. Sadler also resided in Hanover Street, his bathing establishment being much resorted to. He attracted a great deal of attention by his interest in aeronautics, and attempted to cross the Irish Channel, ascending in Dublin for that purpose; but his balloon fell into the sea when off the Welsh coast, and he was saved with great difficulty by a fishing-boat. [92]

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Muir, Ramsey. Bygone Liverpool illustrated by ninety-seven plates reproduced from original paintings, drawings, manuscripts, and prints with historical descriptions by Henry S. and Harold E. Young. Liverpool: Henry Young and Sons, 1913. Internet Archive version of a copy in the University of Toronto Library

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