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1970s Liverpool: Fascinating Historical Photos Show Streets, Cityscapes And Everyday Life

The 1970s brought economic difficulties and a steady decline in employment in Liverpool. The traditional manufacturing industries went into further sharp decline and factories were closing. An average of 12,000 people each year were leaving the city, and 15% of its land was vacant or derelict. The decline of the British manufacturing industry played a big part.

Some positive things also happened in the 1970s, the city became a metropolitan district within the newly created metropolitan county of Merseyside. Liverpool Exchange railway station was closed after 127 years and partially turned into a car park.

The following historical pictures show what Liverpool looked like in the 1970s.

#1 Children auditioned for the Ken Dodd Diddymen at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. They will appear in his Christmas show ‘The Ken Dodd Laughter Spectacular’.

#2 A small Beatles poster hangs on the traffic sign marking a street that is reserved for playing children during the day.

#5 A woman wearing curlers in her hair enjoying shopping in the sales after Christmas, Liverpool, 1974.

#8 View of Liverpool showing St George’s Hall, with the iconic Radio City Tower in the background, Merseyside. Circa 1970.

#10 View of a street in Liverpool showing the iconic Radio City Tower in the background, Merseyside. Circa 1970.

#15 Councillors and Tunnel officials pose for an official picture following the breakthrough between the tunnels from Birkenhead and Liverpool under the river Mersey, 1970s.

#16 View of race goers and spectators watching a National Hunt horse race from the grandstand on the day of the Grand National steeplechase race at Aintree racecourse, Liverpool, April 1970.

#21 Members of Liverpool’s environmental health and protection committee inspecting iverpool city market.

#24 The wives and girlfriends of the Liverpool Football team in London to watch the cup final at Wembley, 1971.

#30 Mona’s Isle and fleet Birkenhead coming out of winter Hibernation for summer season, Liverpool, 1975.

#34 A cyclist taking a break as he rides through wasteland in Everton, bordered by Breck Road and Heyworth Street, Liverpool, 1976.

#39 Fans queue up outside a Ramones gig at the punk club Eric’s at the Revolution Club on Matthew Street in Liverpool, 1977.

#43 Ken Dodd leads a parade in Hoylake in aid the Clatterbridge Hospital Cancer Research Trust, 6th April 1978.

#49 Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh, standing in a Range Rover, watch a section of the musical pageant staged between the Roman Catholic Metropolitan

#50 A view of the Church of St Luke the Evangelist, which sits in the corner of Goodison Park, 1970s.

#55 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visits Martensen Street, Wavertree, Liverpool, 23rd February 1978.

Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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