It makes you wonder as well. As Bishop Chavasse wrote the letter inviting them to Liverpool, would Buffalo Bill have been invited to dine at the Bishop's Palace too?
In 1903 Bishop Chavasse of 19 Abercromby Square wrote to Buffalo Bill. Yes. that's right, THE Buffalo Bill, inviting him to bring his Wild West show to Liverpool and to join the Bishop for a service. So, on 10 May, that is exactly what happened. On Edge Lane.
According to the Post:
"Many of the dusky Chiefs, seated with Buffalo Bill in the front row with their squaws and children, followed the service with much interest and it was noticable that many joined in the hymn singing."
Bet you didn't know THAT!
I know. I forgot to explain why yesterday's post was called 'Charlie'. It was how friends addressed the Confederate banker Charles Kuhn Prioleau, first occupant of number 19.
Don't worry other houses, I haven't forgotten you, be patient my little darlings, I'll get to you shortly. I might draw lots and pick a house number for a little fact for the blog, or if there's a number you'd like to know about feel free to comment and I'll give you an occupant and a tidbit. Go on, test me, pick a number, 1 to 27, and a year, 1820 - 1900...
I may regret suggesting this if its someone dull.
A new sub-page is appearing under the main heading for Abercromby Square. As the magical internet elves knit their thoughts into the alphabet pictures, a brief history of the Square will appear over coming days.
Happy to report I've come across some fascinating new source material on number 19 Abercromby, which I just need to verify. Down side for you, its too good to give away in its entirety here, but plus side, it will significantly help to reconstruct life in the house in the 1860s. Ooh, ain't I a tease!
Only one side missing, so the part 1 may be a tad misleading.
Prior to the building of Senate House ( now the Sydney Jones Library extension) the non-terraced side of the Square held St Catherine's church, as shown here, plus a number of private houses and flats ( including the one formerly occupied by Joseph Rotblat - see earlier post). This was demolished following war damage, dry rot and the lack of aesthetic and historical consideration of the planners.
I'll save us both a long, uninteresting digression involving the nerve in my neck and headaches by saying service will be resumed tomorrow.