Liverpool's Victorian Blueprints Unearthed

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Byline: BY LAURA DAVIS Arts Editor

A SET of rarely-seen drawings for some of Liverpool's most famous Victorian buildings goes on display at the city's Central Library today.

The blueprints, created by architectural practice Culshaw & Sumners, have been stored in the Lancashire Record Office for many decades.

Uncovered by historian Joseph Sharples while updating the renowned Pevsner architecture guide, they include plans for a Confederate agent's mansion house, a landmark city centre pub and a workhouse.

Mr Sharples, a researcher in Liverpool University's School of Architecture, said the drawings reveal an insight into the city's social history, as well as information about the buildings' original purposes.

He said: "The collection is arguably unequalled in terms of scale for the era it represents, and is of enormous value to anyone interested in the history of Liverpool and of Victorian architecture in general.

"Many of the drawings are beautiful, but they also tell a fascinating story of a lost Liverpool and the tastes and lifestyles of its citizens when it was a boom city."

Born in Ormskirk, in 1807, William Culshaw came to Liverpool in his mid-20s, enjoying a prosperous career as an architect and surveyor. …