Part of the reason for this was the fluctuating fortunes of people, and the need for relatively easy mobility. This was especially relevant in the early years of the 1900s.
Liverpool began as a very small town of just a few streets by the river, but the expanding fortunes of the town mean a rapid expansion of residential areas, and most importantly for the very image conscious well-off who lived in the town centre, the relocation of the most fashionable people. Over the course of a hundred years this quickly moved from near the Exchange itself outwards, through Hanover Street, Duke Street, and Rodney Street, where a number of the luminaries of Abercromby Square were born. Even though the Gladstones and Henry Booth were born on the newly built and fashionable Rodney Street, within twenty years it had ceased to be the place to be. And the subject of my study took over.