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 now.

Our main image from July 1964 shows the rapturous reception that greeted the Beatles after they had landed at Speke Airport and were making their way to the Odeon Cinema for the Northern premiere of their film A Hard Day’s Night.

More than 200,000 people lined the streets of Liverpool as the police cavalcade slowly made its way to the cinema in London Road on Friday July 10th.

For some the excitement was too much, as our photo of the Castle Street crowds clearly shows. But St John Ambulance staff were on hand to help as police held back eager fans.
 

 
Above the crowds, the handsome, historic buildings of Castle Street can still be seen. Nowadays, the street is home to some of the city’s finest bars and restaurants. Tables adorn the pavements in photographer Nicola Mazzuia’s modern image.

As its name suggests, Castle Street was once an important route between the castle and the river. It was one of the original seven streets of the medieval town of Liverpool before it was a city. The market used to be held in the shelter of the castle.

Many of the ornate, baroque-style buildings on Castle Street date from the early Victorian era. The Georgian Town Hall has been described as one of the finest surviving 18th century town halls in Britain.

At the other end of Castle Street is the Queen Victoria monument, unveiled in September 1906. It features 26 bronze figures by renowned British sculptor Charles John Allen.