Bold Street is the hub of activity in Liverpool, offering a variety of superb restaurants, stores, coffee shops and bars, with the popular Bombed Out Church as its crown jewel. So, we thought it was high time to take a look back at this much-loved street through the power of photography.
When Queen Victoria marked 60 years of her royal reign in 1897, Bold Street shown their support to the British monarchy by decorating the streets. The street proudly adorned the Union Jack and the Queen’s crown for her diamond jubilee, during a time when the Royal Family were held in high esteem.
Bold Street used to be known as ‘Rope Walks’, as it was laid out as a ropewalk, which was a long, thin area that was used in the manufacture of rope. People would measure the rope from the top of the street to the bottom, because it was the standard length needed for sailing ships – which is why it is central to the Rope Walks area.
Even in 1910, Bold Street was bursting with life. Over one hundred years later and the only real difference is the clothing, horse and carriage and old school cars.
The above image if from a 1913 postcard, and was taken pre-world war I. Many people may be unaware that Bold Street was named after Jonas Bold, who was a slave merchant, sugar trader and banker, and became the Mayor of Liverpool in 1802.
Many people will know 74 Bold Street as Chez Le Coq, but the address was once the photography company Burrell & Hardman, which they first opened in 1923. Here you can see passersby looking at the window display to view their works. The above photograph was taken some time in the 1940s. However, as the company’s lease expired in 1948, we believe the “To Let” signs are an indication of when the image was snapped.
Take a look at Bold Street following the Second World War. It appears life has returned to normal in the city, but at the top of the street St Luke’s Church is now a symbol of the destruction from the Liverpool Blitz 1941, which is why it is now called by many as the Bombed Out Church.
The nation celebrated when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned during her coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London, on 2nd June 1953 – including the city of Liverpool. Rejoicing at the appointment of a new Queen, Bold Street celebrated Her Majesty’s reign with amazing decorations that dominated the street.
Here you can see just how Bold Street, Berry Street and Renshaw Street looked back in 1956 – nearly 60 years ago! The image may seem a little eerie to those who know the area well, because you can’t walk down the street nowadays without seeing a considerable crowd or a plethora of cars.
You could not walk down Bold Street without enjoying the fresh scent of coffee, which came from Kardomah Cafe. You could walk the length of Bold Street and still smell the rich aroma.
This amazing photograph shows a derelict Bold Street on a cold, Christmassy night in 1960, with festive lights illuminating the many stores and cafes along the high street. You never know, you might one day find yourself walking down a 1960s Bold Street, which is said to be a vortex, transporting people through time, as there have been six recorded instances. One moment you’ll be walking down Bold Street, and the next minute you could be standing in front of the controversial Blacklers department store, which caused much upset to fans of the street.
From one festive photo to the next, here is Bold Street during Christmas 1972. Cars line the streets as the public commence with their festive shopping, whilst floral flowers and angels bring some festive cheer to Bold Street.
The 1988 Bold Street photograph most likely looks a lot more familiar, as it is alive with human activity. The only difference is the eighties clothing and perms, but we’ll try to forgive everyone for that.
Bold Street is undoubtedly the beating heart of Liverpool city centre, with people lining the streets day in, day out, to visit the many restaurants, shop in the wide selection of stores or to just use as a short cut on a person’s way to work or night out in town.