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Sefton Park in Postcards



Sefton Park



Read more about the fascinating history of the locations within TANN and the surrounding areas.

Ken Pye

Information in this section is kindly provided by Liverpool historian and author Ken Pye.


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  • TANN Newsletter March 2020

4-June-2009 - Life in Buckingham Avenue in 1912

When we were moving into Buckingham Avenue in 1976, an elderly friend who had grown up in some style in Grove Park told us that she had lived here in 1912 when her husband was working at the Playhouse. “Such a convenient little house” she said! Later she gave us some more details

“I was married on June 5th 1912 in the Ullet Road Unitarian Church and went to live at 4 Buckingham Avenue... the rent was £40 a year. Our next door neighbours were a family called Wertheimer but, when the war began in 1914, they changed their name to Parr. We had a maid and she slept in the room at the end of the passage facing the landing. We shared the housework but she did most of the cooking. We paid her £20 a year. She had Thursday evening off and Sunday after lunch. She was supposed to be in at tea on both of these days. On Sundays she was expected to change into her black dress and cap and apron by lunch time or rather dinner time which on Sundays we had in the middle of the day. This sounds fantastic now but I think by the standards of the time we were good employers. Domestic service was not looked down upon then and my first maid was one of 12 children who had never had a bedroom to herself before.

To go to town we walked to the tram terminus at the bottom of Croxteth Road where the Presbyterian church was (this would be the Scottish Presbyterian Church where Brompton Court now stands). Liverpool was built up for quite a long way after Smithdown Road where there was one of the first cinemas....

On Sunday morning we went to church, my husband, like my father, in a morning coat and silk hat. Most of the shipping families – the Booths and the Holts – were Unitarians and when Ullet Road (which replaced Renshaw Street Chapel) was built no expense was spared....

My elder son was born on 28th June 1914: the maternity nurse had arrived on 9th as he was expected around 16th. It was a beautiful summer and she and I spent hours walking in Sefton Park. He was born just after midnight and the doctor – a woman – departed in the early hours to reappear later in a chiffon dress and a hat dripping with roses on her way to church. I was in bed for a fortnight and the nurse was there altogether for seven weeks. After a spell living elsewhere, we moved back to Buckingham Avenue in 1917 for the birth of my second son.... I remember the Virginia creeper on St. Agnes Church”.