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, printed from the Looking at Buildings website on Saturday 18th January 2020

Victoria Street

Victoria Street [1] - cutting across the centre in a direct line from west to east. The most westerly part follows the courseGlossary Term [2] of a pre-existing street, Temple Court, but the remainder was driven though a densely built-up area of insanitary property. As well as improving communications, the new street allowed this area to be rebuilt along more spacious and dignified lines. However, despite being a planned development, Victoria Street is far from uniform in its architecture. It has buildings in a wide variety of materials, in styles ranging from Queen AnneGlossary Term [3] to TudorGlossary Term [4] GothicGlossary Term [5]. Most were designed by local architects, and they illustrate Victorian eclecticism at its most exuberant.

PostGlossary Term [6] Office arose on the south side. Three railway companies established depots in Victoria Street, and the east end was occupied by the offices and printing presses of Liverpool's newspapers. The uses of most of these buildings have changed, but Victoria Street remains one of 19th-century Liverpool's best preserved commercial thoroughfares.

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009