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Photographs of Old Liverpool

Adele Cosgrove-Bray is a writer, poet, and artist who lives on the Wirral peninsula in England.

Photographs by Richard Cosgrove-Bray

The photographs here are all from Richard Cosgrove-Bray's portfolio of early work, when he was a student taking a B/Tec in photography. 

These photos depict a Liverpool which is fast disapearing beneath of wave of much-needed modernisation.  The picture quality of some of the original prints has deteriorated a little, unfortunately, but I've tweaked them on my computer to sharpen the images when needed.

We both hope you'll enjoy looking through these images.

Hidden doorway in the heart of Liverpool's business centre.

Hidden doorway in the heart of Liverpool's business centre.

Homelessness: an age-old problem.

Homelessness: an age-old problem.

School Lane

This traditional tobacconist shop was on School Lane, opposite the Bluecoat Chambers.

This traditional tobacconist shop was on School Lane, opposite the Bluecoat Chambers.

Classic car parked in School Lane.

Classic car parked in School Lane.

Maritime Past and Present

Many barges once travelled from the various Liverpool docks along the Manchester Ship Canal, carrying cargo.  This became a way of life for numerous Romany families, forced off the roads by a changing society.

Many barges once travelled from the various Liverpool docks along the Manchester Ship Canal, carrying cargo. This became a way of life for numerous Romany families, forced off the roads by a changing society.

A City of Many Cultures

An elaborate synagogue.

An elaborate synagogue.

In a city with two cathedrals, there are many religion-inspired monuments.

In a city with two cathedrals, there are many religion-inspired monuments.

The Eye in the Sky

Police in action!  Liverpool is reputed to be one of Europe's safest cities.

Police in action! Liverpool is reputed to be one of Europe's safest cities.

Novel set in Liverpool

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Sefton Park

A view of one of the smaller water features in Sefton Park in the popular suburb in Aigburth.

A view of one of the smaller water features in Sefton Park in the popular suburb in Aigburth.

Captain Hook's famous pirate ship in Sefton Park - now lost forever, much to the chagrin of many a displaced duck.

Captain Hook's famous pirate ship in Sefton Park - now lost forever, much to the chagrin of many a displaced duck.

Old Liverpool Docks

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The old ferry terminal, circa 1985 - long since demolished.

The old ferry terminal, circa 1985 - long since demolished.

Stone steps leading to the Mersey waters.

Stone steps leading to the Mersey waters.

Decaying dockside loading bay.  Many of similar things have been demolished to make way for modern developments.

Decaying dockside loading bay. Many of similar things have been demolished to make way for modern developments.

A structural dockside skeleton laid bare to the elements, now demolished.

A structural dockside skeleton laid bare to the elements, now demolished.

The Albert Dock

The Albert Dock Village, which houses the Liverpool Tate, shops, restaurants, offices, luxury apartments, bars and several museums, is popularly considered one of the city's success stories.

The Albert Dock Village, which houses the Liverpool Tate, shops, restaurants, offices, luxury apartments, bars and several museums, is popularly considered one of the city's success stories.

  • Sandlea Park
    Tucked away between Grange Road/Meols Drive and Dee Lane in West Kirby is a small but picturesque oasis of trees, shrubs and formal gardens.
  • West Kirby Walk
    The beach wraps around the Wirral peninsula like a sandy collar stretching some twenty-five miles in length...

© 2009 Adele Cosgrove-Bray

Comments

Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on September 04, 2010:

If a person hadn't visited the city for five years or longer, Aiden, they'd struggle to recognise the place. Personally I think the city is greatly improved, though of course not everyone agrees.

Aiden Roberts from United Kingdom on September 04, 2010:

These are some great images, I remember a lot of these places well. Liverpool has changed so much in the last 10 years and beyond recognition since 2008. I understand Birkenhead is next, let's hope they manage to incorporate history with modernisation.

Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on December 26, 2009:

I'm glad you all enjoyed the photos. Many of these places exist only in photographs now, as Liverpool is changing rapidly.

Kim Garcia on October 15, 2009:

Thank you for sharing these wonderful black and white photos!! I enjoyed viewing as it brought back memories of when I was thirteen and used to sit on the floor in the middle of the photography isle of the public library and thumb through old Time Life books. That's what inspired me to become a photographer myself,....viewing all the old classics such as Man Ray, Penn, Avedon, Cartier Bresson and many more. Nice Work!! Peace~K

Lou Purplefairy from Southwest UK on September 11, 2009:

wow! I love this. reminds me of some work I did a few years back capturing my home town for a project at college. Some of the things I photographed are now no more.

Sylvia Van Velzer from Hawaii on September 11, 2009:

What fabulous photos! It's photo-journalism to the core, telling a myriad of stories, one must stop and read every image. I thoroughly love it! Thanks!