- Vauxhall, Merseyside
infobox UK place
country = England
region= North West England
constituency_westminster= Liverpool Riverside
postcode_district = L3, L5
Vauxhall is an inner city district of
Liverpool, Merseyside, England. It is located north of Liverpool city centre, and is bounded by Kirkdale in the north, and Everton in the east, with the docks and River Merseyrunning along the west side.
Vauxhall is in the
Liverpool City CouncilWard of Kirkdale and the edge of the Central, Liverpoolward, although previously it was a ward itself. [ [http://www.liverpool.gov.uk/News/newsdetail_0277.asp Liverpool City Council ward changes 2003] ] . In the 1841 Liverpool Census [ [http://www.liverpool-genealogy.org.uk/images/41Map-2.gif1841 Liverpool Census map] ] the area was covered by two wards Scotland and Vauxhall. According to the 2001 Census, Vauxhall had a population of 6,699. [citeweb|url=http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=561326&c=vauxhall&d=14&e=16&g=359600&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1202764962500&enc=1|title=2001 Census: Vauxhall (Ward)|work=Office for National Statistics|accessdate=2008-02-11]
The area is more famously known as the "Scottie Road area" due to the history of
Scotland Roadrunning through it. The "Scottie Press" is a well known local newspaper for the Vauxhall area and is recognised as Britain's longest running community newspaper.Fact|date=January 2008. In 2008 Liverpool celebrates being European Capital of Culture, and in June 2008 to make a point of the area's contribution to Liverpool is not forgotten amid all the cultural celebrations, the Scottie Roaders, old and new, held their own 08 party. [ [http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-life-features/liverpool-special-features/2008/05/31/lullabies-and-lessons-in-life-64375-21002060/ The Scottie 08 Reunion] ]
Despite the area being widely known and historical, the Vauxhall area is often misrepresented by the media as Kirkdale or Everton. Liverpool City Council's haste to update district signs around 2005 has also meant the entire area is formally misrepresented by signs saying "Everton". The city council, in their wisdom, refuse to change them.
The south end of Vauxhall near the city centre is home to
Liverpool John Moores Universityat Byrom Street. This location like so much of Liverpool's inner city is much changed compared to yesteryear. Also nearby is Atlantic Point and Marybone halls of residence.
Scotland Road was created in the 1770s as a turnpike road to Preston via Walton and
Burscough. It became part of a stagecoach route to Scotland, hence its name. It was partly widened in 1803 and streets of working-class housing laid out either side as Liverpool expanded. Many were demolished as slums in the 1930s, to be replaced with corporation flats. In the mid-1800s the area had become densely overcrowded, with people living in courts and cellars in appalling conditions with poverty and sickness worse than anywhere in the country.
In Victorian times the area had over 200
public houses, mostly now gone. What is now Vauxhall was historically within the boundaries of old Liverpool before further expansion took in the nearby townships of Everton (1835) and Kirkdale (1860's).
Scotland Road was the centre of working class life in north Liverpool. Home to most of Liverpool's migrant communities, Scotland Road was almost "a city within a city". Scotland Road had four main migrant communities; Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Italian [ [http://www.scottiepress.org/projects/litaly.htm Old Italian community] ] — not to mention the native Lancastarian community and pockets of German and Polish — making Scotland Road a cultural melting pot. It was a place close to both the back end of the city centre and the docks. It could be a place of both romantic nostalgia and brutal hardship. Community was at the centre of Scotland Road and one's faith often dictated which community one belonged to.
Urban clearance and the construction of the Wallasey Tunnel in the 1960s and '70s led to a shift in population of the area to various parts of the city such as
Kirkby, Croxteth, Norris Green, Huyton, Stockbridge Villageto new modern housing, leaving Scotland Road in a state of steady decline. Demolition particularly around the north end of Scotland Road continued in the 1980s and beyond.
2008 marks 30 years since a new housing estate breathed life in to derelict land to the west of Vauxhall Road [ [http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2008/06/12/book-marks-30-years-of-the-eldonian-village-64375-21061130/ Book marks 30 years of the Eldonian Village] ] called Eldonian Village. In recent years new housing has followed this flagship Eldonian Village [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2002/jan/23/urbanregeneration Model of tranquility] ] such as Athol Village alongside the
Leeds and Liverpool Canalplus flats and student accommodation around the Leeds Street and Marybone end to improve the Vauxhall area, however little of Scotland Road itself remains. There are new plans to create an "eco-friendly" housing development on a site next to Leeds Street and Vauxhall Road [ [http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2008/07/09/go-ahead-for-new-green-development-64375-21308244/ Go-ahead for new 'green' development] ] in a further bid to regenerate the area.
Landmarks in Vauxhall
Much of the area's landmarks have long since been demolished or closed. Some existing landmarks are:
The North Liverpool Community Justice Centre [ [http://www.communityjustice.gov.uk/northliverpool/about.htm North Liverpool Community Justice Centre] ] (CJC) is based in Boundary Street.
For the future,
Peel Holdingshave proposed a plan for the docks in Vauxhall called Liverpool Waters. However it is reported this development would take decades to complete.
* Bobby Campbell
* Johnny Morrissey
* Laurie Carberry
James William Carling
David Logan (politician)
Robert Parry (MP)
* Father Tom Williams
* [http://liverpoolstreetgallery.com/thumbnails.php?album=3 Liverpool Street Gallery - Liverpool 3 (Vauxhall)]
* [http://liverpoolstreetgallery.com/thumbnails.php?album=5 Liverpool Street Gallery - Liverpool 5 (Vauxhall)]
* [http://www.scottiepress.org.uk Scottie Press]
* [http://www.vnc.org.uk Vauxhall Neighbourhood Council]
* [http://www.silvestrian.co.uk/index.html The Silvestrian]
* [http://www.lawcentres.org.uk/directory/detail/vauxhall-law-and-information-centre/ Vauxhall Law Centre]
* [http://www.thelilycentre.org/ The Lily Centre]
* [http://www.scottiepress.org/books/books1.htm Books of old Liverpool]
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