Various Plaques
Rodney Street, Liverpool L1

Pictures by Dave Wood

Dating from 1783 onwards the development of Rodney Street saw the flight of the moneyed classes up away from the noise, smoke and bustle of the rapidly growing port. Along its length there are plaques to birthplace, residence and workplace of politician, writer doctor and diplomat.

Number 4, there is a plaque to the first American consul to Liverpool, James Maury (1746 -1840).

Number 9, was the birthplace of sister & brother Anne & Arthur Clough. Anne (1820-1892) was an early feminist and promoter of higher education for women. She was the first principal of Newnham College, Cambridge. Arthur (1819-1861), was a poet & early socialist writer who also devoted much unpaid work to his wife's cousin, Florence Nightingale.

Number 11, was the home of Nicholas Montsarrat (1910-1979) a writer and pacifist who nevertheless served with distinction during The Second World War, rising to the rank of Commander. After the war he wrote his most famous and lasting novel, The Cruel Sea.

Number 34, was the home of Henry Booth (1788-1869), promoter of The Liverpool &Manchester Railway.

Number 43, there is a plaque to C. Thurston Holland (a pioneer in the field of radiology). This building is the honorary Hungarian consulate.

Number 54, there is a plaque to (Doctor) William Duncan (1805-1863) Liverpool's (and Britain's) first Medical Officer of Health.

Number 59, this was the studio of Edward Chambre Hardman (1898-1988) and is now a National Trust property. His immense photographic archive is a social history in its own right. One personal favourite of mine is The Birth Of The Ark Royal, the famous photograph in which the huge aircraft carrier, under construction in Birkenhead, appears to float magisterially above the town.

Number 62, this was the Liverpool home of William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898), four times prime minister, presiding over much early liberal reform and promoter of home rule for Ireland.

Number 80, Lytton Strachey (1880-1932) lived here. He was a biographer and satirist belonging to the Bloomsbury Group.

There is also a plaque at number 35 which was the first house to be built in Rodney Street.

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