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The Hard Days Night Hotel- Opens February 1 2008. Checkout their site and book a room at http://www.harddaysnighthotel.com/

 
Cavern Walks, Mathew St. -In October of 1982, major property developer Royal Life, whose headquarters are in Liverpool, started construction of their ambitious project, Cavern Walks, nine years after the original warehouse had been bulldozed. Although the cellar club itself had only been filled in with the resultant rubble, Royal Life found the original Cavern beneath the debris, but decided to dismantle it. They kept most of the club's original bricks, selling some at 5.00 each for charity, and using the remainder in the replica built several hundred yards to the right. Overall a good reconstruction was done, and the visitor is left in no doubt of The Beatles connection, from the John Doubleday bronze busts next to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds cafe. After the news of George's passing the statue was used as a place to put messages, flowers, and pictures for him and John. Go to their web site at http://www.cavernshopping.com/

  

 
 The Beatles Shop, Mathew St. - "The Beatles  Shop first opened its doors on Mathew Street in 1984. In the years since we have firmly established our identity on this world famous street, which is right in the heart of Liverpool's city centre. Upon descending the steps in to the shop, shoppers are greeted with the imagery and sounds of the Fab Four. The shop features an original 1959 jukebox packed full of Beatles singles, and even a Beatles carpet! The shop boasts "the largest range of Beatles ‘gear’ in the world" – and its true. There's a plethora of Beatles stuff available ranging from T-shirts, maps, posters and postcards through to watches, toys, mugs and jewelry plus much more besides. As well as the present day merchandising the shop occasionally sells some original items, as well as having a permanent display of original memorabilia from the sixties. The shop can be a constant hubbub of activity, as many Beatles fans use it as a meeting place for friends and pen pals, especially in the summer months. Some regular visitors even have their photos stuck on the ceiling by the doorway. One or two celebrities have ventured through the shops doors in recent years – Ringo Starr, Sean Lennon, George Martin, Neil Aspinall, Carl Davis, Kevin Godley, Joe Walsh, Ian Hart, Aidan Quinn and many more have stopped in for a visit while they were in the city. The next time you're in the area, stop in and say hello. - A Splendid time is guaranteed for all!" (The Beatles shop in Liverpool.) The Beatle shop has a web site, so that you can now buy from there on-line check it out here at http://www.thebeatleshop.co.uk/

 
 
 
  Hessy's Music Stanley St. - Early in 1957, after constant haranguing from her
sixteen year old nephew, who was obsessed with rock'n'roll, Mimi Smith capitulated and bought him an acoustic guitar for fourteen bounds from the shop of Frank Hessey. Nearly five years later, in December of 1961, Brian Epstein met Hessey's manager, Bernard Michaelson, with the intention of paying off the group's HP debts. He was unshaken when told that the amount was nearly 200 and cleared the debt immediately with a personal cheque. Sadly Hessy's closed in 1995 and is now a cloths shop.

 
 
 
 
  NEMS (Currently Anne Summers) Whitechapel St. - Here we have the 1960's of NEMS Ltd. NEMS was an acronym for North End Music Stores, whose first shop had been in Walton. There was another city branch on Great Charlotte Street and half a dozen smaller branches though out Merseyside. Brian Epstein's father, Harry, stared the company in the thirties, and Brian took over the helm in the late fifties. There is a well known legend that some time in 1961, Brian was asked for a copy of the German record My Bonnie by Tony Sharidan and the Beatbrothers. He then found out that The Beatles (Beatbrothers) were a local band, playing in a basement a stone's throw away from the shop. With his assistant Alistor Taylor, he visited the Cavern, and the rest is history.

 
 
  Rushworths, Whitechapel St. - During the 60's, Rushworths competed with
NEMS and Beaver Radio for the title of Liverpool's largest record store. However, it was probably better known, and still is, for selling quality musical instruments. The Beatles, and hundreds of other musicians, bought guitars, strings, and plectrums at Rushworth's. In 1962, then manager Bob Hobbs, presented George and John with guitars, following the band's success in the Merseybeat Poll. 

 
 
  Walker Art Gallery William Brown St. Liverpool's main, prestigious art gallery. In the late fifties art students such as John Lennon, Cynthia Powell, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Bill Harry would regularly visit the Walker to view the paintings and also to study in the gallery's library. The Most successful exhibition at the gallery was The Art of The Beatles which was conceived by Ron Jones, organized by Mike Evans and presented by the Merseyside County Council. The exhibition ran from May  to September 1984, and drew almost 50,000 visitors. The exhibition comprised a large selection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, record sleeves, posters, and other material relating to the Beatles. Among the artists were: Stuart Sutcliffe, John Lennon, Astrid Kircherr, Adrian Henri, Peter Blake, Alan Aldridge, Andy Warhol, John Braby, David Oxtoby,  Cynthia Lennon, Dezo Hoffmann, Linda McCartney, Mike McCartney, Robert Freedman, Peter Kaye, Graham Spencer, and Richard Avedon. Just past February the Walker Art Gallery reopened after some remodeling cleaning up. From May 24-August  4 2002 the Walker Art Gallery will be having Paintings done by Paul McCartney on display.
For more information on this exhibit, the rest of the Walker Art Gallery go to
http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/

 as well as many of the other great museums in Liverpool go to http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/
 

 

 
  Liverpool Empire Theater, Lime St. - The largest regionaltheatre in the county, with a seating capacity of 2312, it was originally part of the Moss Empires chain. Mimi used to take John to the pantomime every Christmas, and on one occasion, in company with some other children, he was invited by the good fairy to come to the front of the stage. On  reaching the lady, he shouted back to Mimi, 'She's not a very young fairy, Mimi.' The Quarrymen auditioned for 'Carol Levis Discoveries' at the Empire in 1957, and returned to try again in 1959. Nothing came of the auditions, but as The Beatles they went on to play the theater a further seven times. The 1963 BBC TV special It's The Beatles was recorded here on the 7th of December at a concert organized by the Northern Area Fan Club. The group tried out their Christmas Show on the 22nd of December, before opening it two days later at the Finsbury Park Astoria, where it enjoyed a three week run. In the seventies, Paul played the Empire three times, twice on the 18th of May 1973, and once on the 15th of December 1975.

During my last weekend in Liverpool I was lucky enough to get to see the Bootleg Beatles, a tribute band who did a superb job of  recreating the Beatles. They start in the early days and go through their entire career. They concentrated on the Beatles tour days, emulating the Ed Sullivan show, the show in Japan and Shea Stadium, then on to Sgt Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, and finally Abbey Road/Let It Be. It was an amazing retrospective show, making it feel as close to watching the real Beatles as possible.

Just two weeks ago February 24th 2002 there was a tribute concert held for in honor of George Harrison. All the proceeds from the concert were going towards cancer charities. The show was sold out with in 24 hours, with out anyone knowing who was going to show up. It was truly a remarkable event, the artists who performed that night

 

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St George's Hall - St George's Hall was reopened on April 23rd 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales, after the completion of a £23m restoration. The Hall has been carefully restored to its original glory and a new Heritage Centre has been created to provide visitors with a dynamic and exciting introduction to St George’s Hall and its place in Liverpool’s history.
Key features of the Heritage Centre include:
• The original south entrance hall on St Johns Lane, designed by Harvey Longsdale Elmes, but never before used by the public;
• Opportunities to visit the cells used by prisoners awaiting trial;
• The newly refurbished Criminal Court and Judge’s Robing Room;
• Glimpses of the unique ventilation system designed by Dr David Boswell Reid;
• A Learning Suite for school parties;
• A Community Room entitled ‘World Heritage-Your Heritage’ where local groups can display exhibitions;
• A new accessible viewing gallery for the Great Hall;
• The Minton Tea Room

Copyright © The Mersey Partnership 2006 - 2007
This winter there was an indoor ice rink built for the Christmas season.


 

The Adelphi Hotel, Ranelagh Place, - Once described as 'a great Cunard liner stranded in the middle of the city', the Adelphi is probably Liverpool's most famous hotel. Scores of rich and famous people, including the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Gregory Peck, have stayed here. On the 3rd of December in 1938, Freddie Lennon, and Julia Stanley met on the steps outside, before making their way to the Bolton Registry Office. After she the short ceremony, Freddie's brother Sydney bought lunch and drinks at a nearby public house, before the newlyweds left to spend the afternoon at the cinema. Nowadays the annual Beatles convention, the largest in the world, is held at the Adelphi, usually during the last week of August.

 
The Merseybeat Office, 81 A Renshaw St. - The "Mersey Beat" newspaper was an avidly read guide to the local music scene produced by Bill Harry, an art college friend of John and Stu. The front page of the first edition, published on the 6th of July 1961, featured a typically Lennonesque article under the headline - "Being a Short Diversion on the Doubious Origins of the Beatles". From then until its demise some 90 editions later Bill's beat scene "bible" recorded the Beatles' rise to fame. Frequent callers and regular contributors to Mersey Beat, which had it's offices here above a wine merchant's shop near the Roscoe Arms pub, included the Beatles and Brian Epstein who reviewed records for the paper. During a Mersey Beat office move, a large bundle of John's stories and poems, written for the paper under his "Beatcomber" pseudonym, managed to get "lost".

 
 
 
36 Falkner St. - Brian Epstein rented a ground floor flat here during 1961 and 1962 for 4.00 per week. After John married Cynthia in August of 1962, Brian gave them the keys, and the Lennon's set up their first home, while searching for a permanent place of their own.

 
 
7, Percy St. - Before moving into Gambier Terrace Stuart Sutcliffe lived in this flat, where he had his own basement studio between 1957, and 1959. Often he preferred to work alone in his studio rather than go to the college. Stuart's major influences were the French Impressionists, the English pre-Raphaelites, Jackson Pollock, Nicholas de Stael and Buddy Holly, whose records he played constantly while he painted. 

 

 
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Hope St. - In 1953, eleven year old Speke schoolboy James Paul McCartney attended an audition here, hoping for a place in the choir of what is the largest Anglican Cathedral in the world. He was unsuccessful. Ironically in 1991 Paul was commissioned, with Carl Davis, to write and exclusive musical work for the same choir. The resultant LIVERPOOL ORATORIO has now been performed hundred times worldwide. On March 29th 1981 a capacity congregation attended a memorial service at the cathedral for John Lennon.

Last summer while in Liverpool I went inside of this Cathedral and was just amazed at how high the arches are. They are either the tallest or near tallest gothic arches in the world or something like that. The Anglican Cathedral is largest Anglican Cathedral in Europe and the fifth largest in the world. Another little tid bit I found out is that the Architect who built the Cathedral also built the famous red phone booths.  Who knew! Also if you know to ask you can go up to the top of the tower and look out. It's quite a view, I was told that on a good clear day you could barely see Blackpool Towers. and only costs a pound or two to go up. View of Mersey River from the top of  the Cathedral. Find out more information at http://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/

 

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Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral - Comming soon.

Please visit the offical website at
http://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk/

 
The Beatles Story, Albert Dock - This is Liverpool's only permanent Beatles Exhibition, and opens from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm seven days a week. Described as 'a walk through experience,' the exhibition is separated into various sections: The Star Club: Mathew Street: Beatlemania: Yellow Submarine: etc. Older fans will probably have been seen most of it before, but there are some interesting posters, photographs, and contracts. There is also a souvenir shop right when you come in and when you finish the tour. In the last few years and even months there have been many additions and new things included in the museum.

Near the end of the exhibit there is a section dedicated to the wrote Imagine on. It was sold at auction to George Michael and has generously donated to the Exhibition. In the gift shop there is a wall that displays a statue of John with information on a tree that had been planted in his honor on the 20th anniversary of his death. Another much more recent addition is the Tribute wall for George Harrison.
For more information go to their site at http://www.beatlesstory.com/

 

Royal Liver Building - Designed by Walter Thomas in 1908 and finished in 1911, was the first building in the world built with reinforced Concrete. Is used as a head office of the Royal Liver Assurance Company. The two liver birds perched on top are 18 feet tall, taller than a double decker bus. The story of the two birds is that, the bird over looking the Mersey River is the female watching the sailors coming in and out of port safely. The bird facing the city is the male watching for the open pubs. The clock on the Liver building are bigger than the clock in Big Ben. 




The Port of Liverpool Building - The Port of Liverpool Building was erected as the head office of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board. It was designed by Briggs, Wolstenholme and Thorneley following an architectural competition in 1901. It is a monumental structure in the Edwardian Baroque style with pediments and tall lantern towers.




The Cunard Building -1913-1916 This substantial building was built as the offices of the Cunard Shipping company to the designs of Willink and Thicknesse, with Arthur Davis (of Mewes and Davis) as consultant. Its proportions, unadorned silhouette, rusticated and battered plinth, bold projecting cornice and solid parapet give it the form of an Italian palazzo. However, its multi-storey form, and its elevations, decorated with French classical details are derived from American beaux-arts buildings such as those of McKim Mead and White in  New York . It is also remarkable for its symbolism expressed in trophies of conflict and peace, for the building was erected during the First World War, and the portraits of races from around the world, symbolising the global operations of the company. The  Cunard  Building  has six storeys plus a basement, nine bays to the two principal elevations and seventeen bays to the marginally secondary elevations. To find out what the Cunard Building is up to these days check it out at http://www.cunard-building.co.uk/home.php?/Home


 

 



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