June 3, 2017 - 11:30 am
Join local historian Steven Horton for a two and a half hour walk around Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter. The tour will take in the homes of some of the city’s most notable residents and will also cover some of the more darker tales of the area.
Starting at St Andrew’s Church in Rodney Street, you’ll hear the story of Mr Mackenzie’s tomb and whether his corpse really is sat upright holding a deck of cards. Then Steven will take you down Rodney Street, home to sixty listed buildings and detail some of the notable residents there. They include one of the first American consuls in the world, one of the main financial backers of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, the author of a wartime novel that became a film and a Victorian biographer.
From Rodney Street you’ll head up Canning Street past Liverpool Cathedral to where the purser from the Titanic lived. We’ll also visit the homes of Stu Sutcliffe, who left The Beatles before they became famous and died tragically in April 1962 aged just 21. He shared a flat with John Lennon but also had places of his own in the area before they moved in together.
The tour will then take in Falkner Street, hearing of a seedy plan from Victorian times to flood the city with erotic literature. In Hope Street, you’ll see the countryside retreat of one of Liverpool’s most prominent salt merchant and the home of the architect of some of the city’s most famous buildings. Heading back to Rodney Street via Mount Pleasant you’ll see the childhood home of Jack the Ripper suspect James Maybrick, the house of another prominent local architect. The tour will then end back by St Andrews Church and close with the story of a man in Rodney Street who literally got away with murder after the witness to it disappeared in mysterious circumstances.
The cost of this tour is £5 in advance by clicking here, or £7 on the day. To keep it manageable it is limited to fifteen people so please book in advance to guarantee the discount and avoid the risk of being turned away on the day. Please note some locations may need to be left out or changed depending on the circumstances on the day.