LIVERPOOL GREAT HOWARD STREET

THE 'GRAND ARCH'

[Source: Tony Graham & Paul Wright]
 
A mixed goods train is seen standing underneath the 'Grand Arch' in the early 1920s. To the rear of the train can be seen the Waterloo Dock Goods Station of the LNWR. Directly above on top of the arch was the upper yard of the LYR Liverpool Great Howard Street Goods Station.


A view looking east towards the 'Grand Arch' from Waterloo Goods Station on 6 April 1968. The arch can be seen beyond the road overbridge which carried Great Howard Street over the former LNWR line. At this time the top of the arch where the LYR upper yard had been was devoid of track it having been lifted after 1965.


Looking west along the course of the LNWR Waterloo branch on 30 March 2014. The western portal of the Waterloo tunnel is directly below the photographer. The 'Grand Arch' which was designed by John Hawkshaw is seen straight ahead. The Waterloo branch had passed under it but at a much lower elevation in a cutting that was filled in during the early 2000's. The Liverpool Great Howard Street upper yard had been on top of the arch. A Merseyrail Northern Line train can be seen passing over the arch having come up from the link line tunnel that had opened in May 1977.
Photo by Paul Wright


The eastern side of the 'Grand Arch' seen on 30 March 2015. The silver cars to the right are standing on the site of the LNWR Waterloo branch cutting which was filled in during the early 2000's.
Photo by Paul Wright


Set into the brickwork on each side of the arch there are comemorative plaques. Seen in this photo from 30 March 2015 is the plaque that is mounted above the arch on the eastern side. It has the names of John Hawkshaw the engineer who designed it and McCormick and Holmes the contractors who built it. In the centre is the Liver Bird symbol of Liverpool. There is an identical plaque on the western side. There are also plaques on the inside walls at track level. They have the name of John Hawkshaw and the year 1849.
Photo by Les Fifoot

The western side of the 'Grand Arch' seen looking north on 30 March 2015.
Photo by Les Fifoot


John Hawkshaw's 'Grand Arch' seen looking south from Great Howard Street on 30 March 2015.
Photo by Les Fifoot


The western side of the 'Grand Arch' seen from the trackbed of the LNWR Waterloo Goods station on 19 November 2016. Infill material had been partly excavated out which allowed this view to be taken.
Photo by Chris Iles


The 'Grand Arch' looking east on 19 November 2016. The sheer size of the arch is clearly demonstrated from this viewpoint. The view was made possible due to works associated with the demolition of the Great Howard Street road bridge.
Photo by Chris Iles


A view of the western side of the 'Grand Arch' on 19 November 2016.
Photo by Chris Iles

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[Source: Tony Graham & Paul Wright]




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