Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today.
Our striking main image this week shows a child sitting on a pavement in front of rows of terraced houses shrouded in mist.
It is November 1949 – a time when the destruction caused by Luftwaffe bombs was still evident as streets lay barren and open, cleared of debris.
The location is Hartor Close in the Netherfield Road area. The photographer is looking toward Scotland Road and the docks.
Much has changed in photographer Nicola Mazzuia’s modern image. The cobblestones have long since vanished along with the three-storey brick buildings of shops and dwellings.
The street is no longer closed off and trees have grown in place of flattened concrete and rubble. A high-rise block of flats stands as testament to the slum clearances of the 1960s and 70s.
The population of the area dropped dramatically during this period. Thousands moved out to the surrounding areas of Widnes, Skelmersdale and Kirby as traditional terraces were cleared.
Neighbours and life-long friends were separated as whole communities were uprooted, particularly in inner-city areas like Everton and Scotland Road.
Campaigners like Bessie Braddock, the Labour MP for Liverpool Exchange, battled hard to improve the slum conditions of the city – forcefully arguing Liverpool’s case from the floor of the House of Commons.
As a result, crowded terraces eventually gave way to greenery and open spaces, including Everton Park. Laid out in the 1980s, the park’s lofty position offers views of the Mersey through the modern buildings of Liverpool city centre.
Hundreds of pictures from an unforgettable decade are packed into Clive Hardy’s fascinating book Around Merseyside in the 1960s. It’s available from our online shop, or you can call our order hotline on 01928 503777.