A view of the corner of Whitechapel in 1900.A view of the corner of Whitechapel in 1900.
A view of the corner of Whitechapel in 1900.

Liverpool history: 13 fascinating photos capturing city life in the Victorian era and beyond

In the days before high street chain stores and slick new shopping destinations like Liverpool ONE, the city was peppered with now forgotten department stores and independent shops.

With High Street stores facing ever increasing pressures from online retailers and home delivery services it was heartening to hear this week that Liverpool remains a prime hub for shopping enthusiasts.

National data shows the city centre - including Bold Street, Church Street, Whitechapel and Lord Street - has fewer empty stores than other areas across the country, while Liverpool ONE bucked the downward retail trend this festive season despite the cost of living crisis.

It highlights the city ability to evolve to survive. We have taken the opportunity to celebrate some famous and forgotten Liverpool retail institutions and traditions with a nostalgic look back at how we used to shop in generations gone by, on Church Street, Lord Street and beyond.

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