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Victoria Street

The Entrance to
Government Building
Victoria Street in Liverpool was built in 1867 in order to connect North John Street to Manchester Street, the area was originally made up of a warren of tiny narrow streets with slum housing and industry. It suffered heavy bombing during the blitz and the General Post Office (GPO) and the Government Building where both hit. The damage to the government building was judged to be so severe that it was demolished and its basement foundations to this day remain, as a car park.






Government Building on the corner of Victoria Street and Sir Thomas Street, now the municiple buildings car park


Government Building



The original GPO



The post office however was rebuilt but without its French chateau style upper tiers which can be seen in the photographs on this page.  Victoria Street was also home to the Fruit Exchange (also pictured below) and was a major centre for fruit and provisions trade for many years,  The building still remains but is generally in a poor state of repair, In 1934 when the Mersey Tunnel opened the road became an extremely busy thoroughfare.  At the tunnel end of the Road the Liverpool Echo Office once had its Headquarters and was constantly surrounded by Echo and Liverpool Daily Post vans. The Echo moved to new purpose built premises in Old Hall Street but the exterior shell of the old Building remains although the interior was rebuild as offices for their council and others.








 Photographs of the original General Post Office Prior to its war damage

 
Liverpool Head Post Office after an air raid in 1941 taken from Sir Thomas Street
                                   


 A 1936 view of Victoria Street



The Fruit Exchange on the left of the picture with wagons from many different produce companies parked outside




The corner of Victoria Street and North John Street in 1909

Victoria Street from Stanley Street looking toward the Lisbon Bar and Grill
which in on the lower ground floor of the building on the right






The Lisbon has, arguably, one of the most ornate ceilings of any pub in the city

The former underground Gents Toilet on
Victoria Street long since filled in

A re-colour of another very early photograph showing the same gentlemans convenience
the ornate metal was removed for the war effort




The Flat Iron Building at the end of Victoria Street at the Junction with Whitechaple



Vehicles outside the Liverpool Echo Office 



The Echo Office on Victoria Street



Rush hour on Victoria Street





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