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The People's Memories; Lost Tribes.

Byline: with Ken Rogers

MY fifth Lost Tribe of Everton & Scottie Road Street Reunion will be on Saturday, 19 July so lock the date in your diary.

Once again our base will be St George's Iron Church and the spectacular Everton Park with its 13 board heritage trail.

I have a special reason to be looking forward to this year's gathering. St George's marks its 200th anniversary on 26 October and so this year's event will have a bicentenary theme. The sandstone clad church with its revolutionary cast iron frame began to take shape on Everton ridge in 1814. The first stone was laid on 19 April that year.

The ability to build higher and wider stemmed from the early experimental iron work of people like St George's designer Thomas Rickman and builder John Cragg. Quaker Rickman was an accountant rather than an architect, but he worked with Cragg on two other iron churches, St. Michael in the Hamlet in Aigburth (also 1814) and the now demolished St Philip's (1816) in Hardman Street.

St. Michael's has its own bicentenary celebrations and today a group of intrepid parishioners were walking across the city from Aigburth to Everton.

Ultimately, more ambitious structures with cast iron frames would emerge, not least the classic Oriel Chambers in Water Street. Designed by Peter Ellis (1805-1844), this was the world''s first metal framed, glass curtain walled building. An outstanding book - 'In the footsteps of Peter Ellis' by Robert Ainsworth and Graham Jones - tells the story of Ellis.

I was intrigued by a chapter featuring an imaginary walk from Low Hill to Everton Village, brought to life by then and now photographs, drawings and maps. Ellis was a fascinating character and his Oriel Chambers' legacy is something we can still marvel at today. The book is published by the Liverpool History Society in a limited edition of 1,000 copies.

Sample book pages can be viewed at: www.liverpoolhistorysociety.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Footsteps Next Saturday, 3 May, Liverpool John Moores Drama students join forces with Hope Street Ltd between noon and 8pm to uncover stories that make Everton a special place. A series of free performances, installations and happenings will stretch from Everton Park to Great Homer Street Market.

The day kicks off at noon with a photography exhibition at the West Everton Community Council (WECC) on Bute Street. Other highlights of the day will include: ? A washing line of Everton memories and a pop up living room where the TV is always on.

. ? Specially created doors in the park to remind us of the famous streets under the modern grassed areas.

Send your inner city street memories to: Ken Rogers, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, L69 3EB.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2014
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