Wednesday, 15 June 2016

St Peter's Square a full century and a bit ago

Now here is a scene which has completely vanished.

There will be many who remember the cross which was erected in 1908 after the church had been demolished the year before.

And there will less people but still enough who remember the building in the background to the right of the cross, but few who remember its companion on the opposite side of the road.

I think I can remember it but I might be wrong. For nearly a quarter of a century it was the Peace Garden but has now home to the Cenotaph and the nearly completed metro stop.

I can’t be sure but the picture will date from sometime between 1908 when the cross was erected and the July of the following year when Gertie sent the picture postcard to Sissie in Southport and complained that the weather had been bad.

And now after a bit of a wait, the cross is in the process of being restored pretty much where it was, and as I write the workman have been putting the finishing touches to the steps.

Location, St Peter’s Square

Picture; St Peter’s Cross, 1908-1909 from the collection of David Harrop

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