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Westminster Road Police and Fire Station, Kirkdale, Liverpool, England

The Police and Fire Station buildings in Westminster Road, Kirkdale have only been saved from demolition as recently as 2007. Designed by Liverpool's youngest ever City Surveyor Thomas Shelmerdine in 1885 it formerly housed a police station, fire station and bridewell. Later parts of the building were used as a public house, but for many years it has been derelict. Until a last minute intervention by Berni Turner, a Liverpool councillor, it was due to be demolished. [1] Fortunately it has now been granted Grade II listed status. The building uses red-brick, tile and is in an 'Old English' style and contains some remarkable detailing.

Shelmerdine built several equally impressive libraries in Liverpool including the nearby Everton Library in a neo-Jacobean style. The Kirkdale and Everton areas of Liverpool retain some incredible examples of late Victorian and Edwardian building craftsmanship, such as checkerboard banding in the brickwork, turrets (as in the Westminster Road site) and architectural mouldings. As these areas are in a very run-down and deprived part of Liverpool the beauty of this element of the city's heritage is too often ignored.

Thomas Shelmerdine (1845-1921) became City Surveyor aged 26 in 1871 and continued in the job for 43 years. He designed the Toxteth library (1902), Kensington library (1890), Garston library (1909), the landscaping of St John's Gardens (1904), next to St George's Hall in the city centre and the nearby Hornby library (1906), the Central Fire Station in Hatton Garden (1897), flats in Eldon Street (1911) and the Everton library (1896) on Heyworth Street. [2]

AKL 25/4/2012

 

References:

[1] http://www.yoliverpool.com/forum/showthread.php?6540-Westminster-Road-Police-and-Fire-Station

[2] Philip Anderton 'Merseytravel headquarters: the history of Hatton Garden' at http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/pdf/history_HattonGarden1.pdf

 

General reading:

Nikolaus Pevsner & Richard Pollard, 'The Buildings of England. Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West', 2006, Yale University Press, China, p.435

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