Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside landmarks, buildings, streets and events from bygone days with how they look today.

Our main image this week shows the front of Lime Street Station in January 1967 before the Ravenseft redevelopment of the St John’s Market precinct.

Demolition work has already started on the row of buildings directly in front of the station. The tall building on the right was scheduled to be replaced with a 15-storey office block and a row of small retail outlets.

When completed, the redevelopment would give a clearer view of the spectacular northern arched train shed, designed by William Baker and Francis Stevenson.

Liverpool central area redevelopment 1966
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Built in the late 1860s, the train shed was the largest iron structure of its kind in the world with a span of 200 feet.

A second parallel southern train shed, also designed by Stevenson, was added in 1879. Each bay only took three days to build due to more advanced construction techniques.

Liverpool Lime Street remains the world’s oldest grand terminus mainline railway station. Opened in August 1836, it formed the northern end of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway Company’s direct line to London Euston.

The 1960s redevelopment, which created the office tower block known as Concourse House, was swept away as part of a comprehensive refurbishment programme completed in 2010.

Our modern image from earlier this month shows the completely open aspect we know today.

In 2019, Lime Street station was used as a location for Danny Boyle’s romantic musical comedy Yesterday.