Street was originally called - Bonk Street (it ran up the "bonk" in
Lancashire dialact, the bonk of the river i.e. the bank), eventually
became Bank Street and then Water Street. It’s
one of Liverpool’s oldest streets and it was the main approach from
the river, at the foot of which travellers landed on the sandy seashore
of the town, from the monks’ ferry at Birkenhead, or from Ireland.
Later, the Talbot, a coaching in, crowned the top of the slope where
the Bank of Liverpool was later to replace it. On either sides, little
lanes and alleys, forerunners of the town’s notorious courts, ran
between wretched houses alongside butchers’ shambles.
the foot of the street, guarding the place of embarkation, lay the
strong thick walls of the tower, built initially as the residence
of the powerful Stanley family but converted after 1413 into a place
of strength. The Stanleys were also Lords of Man, a title granted
after the battle of Shrewsbury where as Shakespeare’s Richard III
tells us, Stanley’s troops switched sides at the last minute. The
tower protected the Lord and his retinues, they came and went by
the Royalist seige of Liverpool by Prince Rupert, the tower was
used as the parliamentary headquarters and later as a prison for
French captives during the Napoleonic wars, by which time it was
"so ill suited and disorganised that debtors mixed with criminals
in the grossest and most wretched conditions, and gaol fever was
was finally demolished in l820 and a set of new offices - the Tower
Buildings - erected in its place.