Catharine Street

Canning StreetHuskisson StreetFalkner StreetCatharine Street, 1906 Catharine Street was laid out by William Jones (1788-1876) who named it after his mother. He lived until the end of his life at No 35.

Catharine Street is a main route into Liverpool from the southern suburbs, and as such it's all that most commuters see of Canning Area. You can see the tram lines on the 1906 map shown here. They're gone now, of course, but it's still a busy road which tends to get a bit scruffy and well-worn. If you're passing through, take half an hour one day to turn off, stop the car and enjoy the sights.


The Ritz

The Ritz roller-skating rink, in an age of more innocent entertainment. Next door are the premises of the West Coast Motor Co Ltd, advertising Daimler, Packard and Studebaker. Nowadays the Ritz is a youth club, and an Avis car rental garage stands on the adjoining site.

Next along is the former Women's Hospital, now known as Agnes Jones House. This has been transformed by Liverpool Housing Trust into accomodation for over 300 students.
Corner of Huskisson Street and Catharine Street The house on the corner of Huskisson Street and Catharine Street. I've been told by several different people that this house was built for William Huskisson, who held high office under several Prime Ministers in the early nineteenth century. If this is true, then he couldn't have lived here for long. Huskisson was struck and killed by a train at the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester railway in 1830 - the world's first railway fatality. His death was an eerie omen of the fate of Canning area - its original purpose quickly outmoded by the new suburban living offered by the railways.
   
27 & 29 Catharine Street A bit of an oddity, this pair of houses. There's nothing else like them in the area. The front elevation is covered in stone cladding (real stone - not the plastic sort). I get the impression they were built comparatively recently, on a vacant site next to the church. The church is gone now, empty for years and then a victim of arson, it's place is being taken by a  truly dreadful looking block of flats.
35 Catharine Street Number 35 Catharine Street - entirely unremarkable, except that the man who got to name the street lived here. I can remember this being some sort of drinking club - can anyone supply more info?