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 main image this week shows Christmas lights twinkling in Lord Street, Liverpool, as shoppers hunt for bargains in December 1962.

Shimmering stars hang near the corner of Whitechapel while golden Christmas crackers are suspended from lamp standards. There seems to be a hint of fog or smog in the air.

In contrast, stalls have been set up in our image from December 2014 as Lord Street hosted the Liverpool Christmas Market. It had previously been located in Church Street, and moved to St George’s Plateau in 2016.

A major retail addition to the south of Lord Street is the Liverpool One complex opened in May 2008. It is the largest open-air shopping centre in the UK.

Liverpool Christmas Lights 1962
Liverpool Christmas Lights 1962
We wonder what shoppers from 1962 would make of its extensive facilities, including a 14-screen Odeon cinema and mini golf as well as a host of restaurants, bars and eateries. There are also apartments, offices and open spaces.

Lord Street itself is roughly 300 metres long, running from Church Street and Whitechapel in the east to Castle Street and James Street in the west. It passes the Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts and Derby Square.

Opened in 1984, the law courts were designed to resemble the medieval Liverpool Castle which stood on the site until the 18th century.

The imposing BHS store in Lord Street was part of a group of outlets founded by American entrepreneurs in 1928. It closed in 2016 when BHS ceased trading.

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