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 Liverpool’s Lord Street in July 1980. Shoppers are checking out the window displays of some once familiar stores, including British Home Stores (BHS) and Ratners.
One of the main streets in Liverpool city centre, Lord Street runs for about 300 metres from Church Street and Whitechapel in the east to Castle Street and James Street in the west.
Along the way it passes the Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts and Derby Square. To the south is the Liverpool One complex containing more than 170 restaurants, bars and shops.
The law courts were opened at Derby Square in 1984 and were designed to resemble Liverpool Castle which stood on the site from the 13th to the 18th century.
The imposing BHS store was part of a group of outlets founded by American entrepreneurs in 1928.
The aim was to follow the Woolworths model at a cheaper price, so nothing cost more than a shilling. By 1929, the price ceiling had been lifted to five shillings.
The store features in the Beatles’ story as Pete Best’s mother Mona bought her son’s drum kit from the music department – and John Lennon worked there as an apprentice electrician in the late 1950s.
Many will have fond childhood memories of the beautifully decorated Blacklers Christmas grotto, which was always a highspot of the festive season.
Former shoppers will also recall the store’s rocking horse Blackie, now at the Museum of Liverpool.
During World War II, Liverpool was the most heavily bombed city outside London. The port was frequently targeted by the Luftwaffe.
The Liverpool Blitz, from May 1st to May 7th 1941, saw 2,315 high explosive bombs and 119 incendiary devices dropped on the city. There were 2,895 casualties and 69 out of the 144 cargo berths in the docks were put out of action.
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