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Photographs and other things including notes of interest of places in and around Liverpool and the Northwest of England UK.

Introduction to Liverpool City, Merseyside, NW England, UK; population about 500,000.


Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, Beatles Museum, Mathew Street, The Cavern.


There are ferries to Ireland and the Isle of Man. The Mersey rail Tunnel (1886), and Queensway road Tunnel (1934), link Liverpool and Birkenhead. Kingsway road Tunnel (1971) links Liverpool and Wallasey.


Bluecoat Chambers (1717); Town Hall (1754); St George’s Hall (1838-54); Anglican cathedral,(begun 1904, completed 1980) and the Roman Catholic cathedral, consecrated 1967. Other outstanding buildings include Speke Hall; the University; and on the Pier Head - the Port of Liverpool building 1907; Royal Liver Building 1911 and Cunard Building 1916.


The Grand National steeplechase takes place at Aintree.
Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs.


Northern Tate Gallery at the Albert Dock, opened 1987. The Walker Art Gallery (1877) and the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall home of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, founded 1840 (became Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 1957).


In the Canning Conservation Area, restoration of 600 Georgian and Victorian houses. The city has one of the finest public libraries in the country. Britain’s first International Garden Festival was held here 1984. The Beatles were born here. The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (opened 1995), the world’s first University of pop music, occupies the old Liverpool Institute for Boys where former Beatles Paul McCartney and George Harrison went to school.


Liverpool is the administrative centre of Merseyside, which centres largely on the Liverpool metropolitan area. It includes the Mersey estuary and most of the Wirral Peninsula, on which are the industrial centres of Birkenhead and Wallasey. The Irish Sea resort of Southport is also here. Merseyside was created in 1974 from parts of Cheshire and Lancashire. Area, 652 sq km (252 sq mi); population (1991 preliminary) 1,376,800.
The river Mersey, rises at Stockport, and flows southwest for 113 km (70 miles) to the Irish Sea. The estuary of the river can be navigated by oceangoing vessels. Tributaries of the Mersey include the Irwell and the Weaver. The Manchester Ship Canal joins the Mersey at Eastham.

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My name: John Bythell.

Born in 1940. I’m retired from British Gas, so I suppose I can call myself a pensioner.
To carry out my work as a heating engineer, I needed to travel throughout the North West of England, up as far as the Lake District and down into Cheshire, never it seemed in good weather!
Although not a native of Liverpool I Live in one of the suburbs of Liverpool known as The Old Swan.

As a young boy I first attended Bootle Technical College and later as a young man I went to Liverpool College of Technology where I was able to pass my exams and get a HNC. in Mechanical Engineering. Like many others I served an apprenticeship at the same time, in my case with English Electric.

Since becoming interested in the ‘Net’ during the beginning of 1998, I have been on the look-out for a project where I can use the HTML language, and to bring together other interests of mine. I hope you enjoy the results.

The site name is derived from the initials of myself, my wife and my daughter.

The idea of this site, hopefully, is to give an opportunity to people who have some interest in the Northwest of England, to view places in and around the Northwest and to obtain at a reasonable price, photographs of an area or place that reinforces that connection. I started the site during January 1999 although I regularly update the site. At the moment only places close to Liverpool are featured but watch this space!

Apart from photography and computers, I enjoy walking and climbing. Hence the offer of photographs in the hills and mountains of the Northwest, although I have also climbed in Scotland and Switzerland.

My only claim to fame rests on a charity abseil down the Beacon when I was a member of the Peninsular Outdoor Club, but that was twenty years ago… The Beacon is featured in the 2nd series of photos.

At work in the early 1980s I used both DBase2 and Supercalc2 to automate the calculation of prices for British Gas heating systems. At the time the machine I was using was for then a fast 8088 running I think at 8MHz with a 10MB hard drive. This was enormous compared to my home machine, the very successfull 32k BBC B computer on which I was able to practice BBC BASIC.
I still have the same BBC B but the PC games of today are far bigger and faster, although I take a trip down memory lane when I run a PC/BBC emulator. Snapper and Repton were and still are my favourites.
I have tried to ensure a quick load time for the introduction pages, with an unavoidable but slight delay when loading the picture pages.

Email me at

At present I use a 233Mhz machine with 4.3Gig hard drive and a 33.6kbps modem which I shall keep until it is too slow or small for my use, then it is a case of sell and buy the best I can afford.

I have just purchased (January 2000) a Jenoptik Jenscan JS21 slide and negative scanner. I am now able to include photographs I have taken since the 50’s.

To present the photographs in a reasonable format and to do it without the “world wide wait” I have opted to use only the less sophisticated parts of the HTML.

All HTML written using Microsoft Notepad, also used were the QUE book HTML 3.2 starter kit and the .net magazine.
Ulead iPhoto Plus v4.0 software used for picture manipulation.
I used my A4 flatbed scanner to scan my camera body, and have used this image for the main index pages.
Graphics created with Serif DrawPlus 4.0 software. I’m sure someone more competent would produce a far more graphic, graphic!

Site is best viewed in Microsoft Internet Explorer, at a resolution of 800x600 and 24bit colour.

Last but not least I use a 35mm Pentax Spotmatic F camera.

Site first set up in April 1999
Links always added as and when.
July: Added more photographs; Jarvascript added.
September: Added more photographs.
December: Added Liverpool sounds; amended home page.
March: Added front menu to home page and additional photographs. Updated HTML and other errors. Removed JavaScript, added in July 1999.
May: More photographs added. New graphics used to decrease loading time. Minor text changes.
June:Postcards added. New graphics used. Navigation updated.
November:More photographs added. Photo offer changed.