Plan of old St. John's Market, Liverpool

Contributed by Iain

Plan of old St. John's Market, Liverpool

"Old" St. John's Market, Liverpool, was demolished during the general spate of civic vandalism of the 1960s. This plan stood near Exit 7, from Elliot St., inside a machine which provided a guide. A customer would press a button and the position of the corresponding stall would be illuminated on this plan.
It is hand-drawn on drafting-linen which has then been varnished (hence the reflections - sorry).
I was a schoolboy when I acquired it, during the demolition, when I tipped the foreman a few shillings to be allowed to scavenge what I could from the parts of the site away from the work (health and safety not yet having "gone mad"). I was particularly interested in glass, for use in the garden. The front of the machine furnished a beautiful piece of strong plate, and I also collected the torch-bulbs from behind (although at 4.5 volts, rather than the more common 3, there was a limited market at school). On impulse, I rolled-up the map and have kept it ever since.
It reminds me of a time, pre-container, when the floating docks still traded with much of the world and the city was elegant and exciting, with trams and, even, an overhead railway.

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Liverpool. near Market St.


Prior to demolition 1965


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