This view, from the south-east, shows the surviving portions of the house built for John Blackburne in 1785-1790. He was Mayor of Liverpool in 1788, and this building was originally a detached mansion in the countryside.
In 1874, the original house was rebuilt and enlarged to house the Liverpool Institute High School for Girls, a companion to the already established Boys' School. It continued in this role for 110 years, turning out such as Edwina Currie. After remaining empty for some years, the school was extensively refurbished and reopened in 1994 (I think?) as Blackburne House Centre for Women. They run a cafe and are no longer only a centre for Women although the training they provide is mainly women only.