I'm back, in body at least, though my spirit is still in the Hebrides! We left home in mid May on the overnight Royal Mail Coach, our fellow travellers were an assorted bunch: a young family going to Preston so that the wife could have her second child at her mother's home: then there was a 'dissenting preacher' who tried his hardest to get us all to follow the narrow ways of John Calvin - he was on his way to take up a 'calling' in Barvas on the West coast of the Isle of Lewis (how I hoped that our paths would not cross again during my travels north! - fortunately they didn't!): next we come to a retired sea captain from Dumfies, an interesting character with many tales to tell. He spent much of the journey recounting his travels in far flung parts of the world, and at one point mentioned that he had several children but could not remember in which port they lived, or for that matter what the mothers' names were. At this point our preacher started to expound at great lengths about the 'sins of the flesh'. The rest of the 'inside' passengers kept themselves to themselves. There was a tobacco chewing labourer from Lancaster, who spent most of the time clearing his throat - fortunately he was sitting by an open window! Then there was an elderly couple who spent the whole journey arguing about the merits or otherwise of the new steam packets, and finally a little man (who turned out to be an attorney) dressed in a badly fitting, crumpled black suit - who spent most of the first two hours talking to himself in a high-pitched squeaky voice. When we reached Preston, my wife and I decided to leave the coach and look for lodgings, but not before I did a little bit of walking in the streets there, and details of what and who I found will appear in my next report after my 'Liverpool' streets. I will also continue my description of our journey to the far north west, the Isle of Skye and the tempestuous crossing of the Minch to Harris and Lewis. But now I must get back to Liverpool, and more mundane matters.....
GEORGE's DOCK GATES NORTH (22, Water Street) 1 William Woods 2 K. Pringle & Co. 3 Harrisons & Latham 5 Isaac, Low & Co. 6 Stack and Hores GEORGE's DOCK PASSAGE (19 James' Street) 1 John Nall 2 Moses Davies 3 John Rowland 4 Francis Scallion 5 Thomas Walsh 6 Mary Dickinson 7 William Jones 8 Alice Pritt 9 H. Matthie & Son 9 H. Matthie & Theakstone GEORGE's DOCK SOUTH END (19 James' Street) 2 James Muir 3 Joseph Younghusband 3 Thomas Williams 3 J. Dowall Moxon & Co. GILDART STREET (66 Upper Islington) 1 Hugh Matthie 2 John Parry 3 Thomas Thompson GLOUCESTER PLACE (Low Hill) 1 James Graham 2 Thomas Revell 3 Thomas Sherlock 4 James Lund 5 Mrs J. Pigott 6 Mrs E. Mulleneux 7 James Homer 8 George Bedson 9 Mrs E. Alderson 10 Peter Ellis 11 Richard Gough 12 Joseph Broster 13 Thomas Morecroft 14 William Lockett 15 Susanna Foster 16 William Claxton 17 Mrs I. R. Molyneux 18 Mrs A. Green 19 Capt. T. Hodgson 21 Thomas Tattersall 22 Thomas Atherton 23 James Dixon 24 Richard Wilkinson GLOUCESTER STREET (57 Lime Street) 1 W. H. Lombe 2 Jane Wood 3 Thomas Holmes 4 William Wilson 5 John Owen 6 Daniel Best 7 George Smith 8 Lawrence Rigby 9 Roger Whitehead 11 Samuel Myers 12 Martha Thomas 13 George Range 14 I. & R. Dyson 15 Jane Lewis 16 Robert Davis 17 John Willacy 19 Robert Nairn
at this point I reached alot of houses still under construction, so stopped to have a drink and share some bread and cheese with some of the workmen, before continuing on my walk..........
33 John Lewis 34 James Donaldson 35 Thomas Holmes 36 John Brew 38 Ann Barton 39 William McGill 39 John McGill 40 John Wilson 42 William Qualter 43 John Morgan 44 Joseph Holland 45 Joseph Newton 46 Bingley Watson 47 Mrs E Jones 48 Ebenezer Chesney 49 Edward Smith 50 Richard Jones 51 Thomas Seed 52 John Yates 53 Ann Lloyd 54 Thomas Parr 55 John Burney 56 John Calderbeck 57 Robert Beadle 58 John Barlow 59 Francis Whittle 60 George Molyneux 60 Richard Woodfall 61 Thomas Sloan 62 Edmund Gibson 63 James Wylie 64 Sarah Fenby 64 George Fisher 65 Anthony Myers 69 Joseph Taylor 69 W. W. Turner 70 William Gibson 70 Alexander McCloud 71 William Taylor - senior 71 William Taylor
caught up with a few more builders here putting the finishing touches to eight more dwellings ~ passed the time of day with them and carried on with my stroll.........
80 Mary Archer 81 John Thompson 82 Elizabeth Bunting 83 Charles Cooper 84 Samuel Hayward 85 Morris Keating
my, these builders are busy in this street, four more houses under construction!
90 William Yates 91 John Burbie 92 James Spears 93 John Buchanan 94 Joseph Matthews GLOVER STREET (6 Sefton Street) 2 Ann Lewis 3 G. W. Needham 4 Thomas Knubley 5 Joseph Glover 6 William Baynes 9 Joseph Birdsall GOREE (20 Water Street) 2 O. Heyworth & Co. 5 A. & S. Richards & Co. 7 T. & J. D. Thornley 8 Archibald Gracie - junior 8 Charles Needham 9 Francis Smith 9 Joseph Wharton 10 Pritt, Case & Butler 12 Benjamin Thomas GOREE PIAZZAS (20 Water Street) 1 James Aikin 1 George Salkeld 2 J. & H. Cumming 3 Daniel Willink 4 Curwen & Hagerty 5 William Hope - junior 6 G. M. Woolsey 6 George Turner 7 Edward Cearns - junior 8 R. F. Breed 10 A. J. Da Costa & Co. 10 A. J. Da Costa 10 Holliwell & Highfield 10 William Horsman 11 W. & S. Stokes 12 T. Parr Gilmour & Co. 12 Sands, Hodgson & Co. 12 J. Chapman & Co. 13 J. S. Penny 14 J. Hayes & Co. 14 J. Brotherton & Co. 15 Isaac Miller 15 Kenworthy and Son & Bunnell 15 Francis Ashley 16 W. Rushton & Sons 16 Wotherspoon & Walford 17 T. Barclay & Co. 18 W. Fairclough - junior 18 W. H. Barnard & Co. 19 William Cather 19 Anthony Savage 19 Adam Bald GOWER STREET (1 Cornhill) 1 S. Worthington & Sons 2 J. & P. Laing & Co. 5 James Ibeson GRADWELL STREET (60 Hanover Street) 1 William Smith 2 William McLaughlan 3 William Teasdale 3 William T. & J. Coupland 5 Catharine Taylor 7 J. B. & R. Lunt 9 Hunter & Alexander 10 George Syers 11 P. Sorensen and Son & Co. 11 Peter Sorensen 12 Esther Langton 13 Michael Knowles 14 Thomas Jackson 19 Gilbert Cummins 19 John Colley 19 Charles Firclough 20 John Plaistow 21 John Riding 24 Francis Boult GRAVING DOCK No.1 (16 Cornhill) 1 J. Gordon & Co. 1a Thomas Macauley 2 Samuel Downing 3 Samuel Fairclough 4 J. Robinson & Co. 5 Crockett, Salkeld & Co. 6 Simeon Frankland GRAYSON STREET (20 Hurst Street) 3 John Bewley 15 Thomas Blakey 19 Hugh Dougherty 20 Samuel Needham 25 Ann Riding
Feet beginning to ache! so am doing just one more street before I call it a day.
GREAT CHARLOTTE STREET (1 Whitechapel) 1 William Kewley 2 John Milburn 3 John Smith 5 Edmund Holt 6 William Mirriman 7 Thomas Pearson 9 Thomas Trafford 11 William Cooke 12 Edward Bradley 12a J. Roose & Son
I wonder if Mr. Roose and his son are superstitious and really have their business at No.13!...just a thought.
14 J. T. Bailey 14 Maria Bailey 15 Walker & Wliiams 15 John Blake
Whew! I'm knackered after that lot. It's so much harder walking on cobbled surfaces than over heather covered hills and glens. Anyway, I'm calling it a day now and returning home to mutton and vegetable stew and suet dumplings all washed down with my favourite ale tipple. When I have finished I intend to put my feet up and catch up on local gossip from the weekly journal. Who knows what happened in Liverpool while I have been on my travels in Scotland. Talking of Scotland, I will accompany my reading of the news with a dram or two of 'The water of life' - "Uisge Beatha"..............brought back from the Isle of Skye. When next I return, I will be starting with GREAT CROSSHALL STREET.