Merseyside Maritime Museum’s Stewart Bale Ltd collection is a rich treasure trove of images of old Liverpool. I’ve dipped into it before for photos but think that this one is a bit special, as it has only recently been digitised so there is a good chance that most people wont have seen it.

The building itself is vaguely familiar as it still stands in central Liverpool, following a few alterations. The top two floors were removed after sustaining serious damage in the Blitz. More recently a shiny new facade was added, transforming it into the Met Quarter.

Photograph copyright National Museums Liverpool

Stewart Bale

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  • Doug.

    awesome building.

    Does anyone know what the fabulous but derelict building on North John St is?

  • David Lloyd

    that’ll be the Royal Insurance building, soon to be a hotel I believe.