Just thought I'd suggest a website on Liverpool history I came across, Allerton Oak. I have no vested interst and don't even know who runs it but its rather interesting!
Just a very brief pondering today, and it is a genuine one so do feel free to chip in if you have ideas.
I've been struck over the last couple weeks, looking throughold newspapers, at the very surprising paucity of coverage about the beginnings of the Square. This is a significant drainage and town planning operation on a grand scale, as was the drainage work and building of Oxford Street for passage to the Botanic Garden, but the first decade and half of the nineteenth century I'm finding very very little in the newspapers. Town books and records yes, and I understand it was a period of growth everywhere, but we're talking about a prestige development planned to a grid pattern, aimed to emulate the great Squares of London.
Part of the problem of course is that it wouldn't have been named Abercrombie etc at that point, but the MossLake fields were very well known, and are mentioned with regularly in other contexts, so why no major stories on the great undertaking as it took shape, and also allowed access to the prestige Botanic Gardens?
Perhaps I've been unlucky and haven't hit the right papers yet but it seems very odd to me...
Time for me to big up my two collaborators on the Charleston online exhibition. Joe Kelly has a fascinating piece today in the Conversation on the role of British business in the American Civil War.
My other collaborator Jim Powell has his new novel Trading Futures out this month, and it features on Radio 4's 'Book at Bedtime'
I'd better pull my finger out and do something hadn't I? I do have the American launch of the Life and Limb book via OUP if that counts?
I'm glad to see standards were kept up by only having attempted suicides from the mentally deranged 'better class' of seaman!
Apparently in 1882 an occupant of the Square thought electricity was an excellent curative... when combined with a vapour bath! Yikes!