Looking back at these photographs will bring back fond memories for people who grew up in Liverpool’s lost tenements.
The creation of these self-contained communities started in the 1920s and was driven by a need to tackle slum housing and a provide better standard of living for working class families.
This issue of overcrowded housing was particularly prevalent in cities like Liverpool, where 11,000 families were living in single-room dwellings in 1919.
Liverpool city architect and director of housing, Sir Lancelot Keay, played an important part in pioneering tenements in the city following his appointment in 1925.
During his 25 years in the role he oversaw the large-scale clearance of slum housing and the creation of Speke estate.
From the mid to late 1930s tenements really took off in the city, when the likes of St Andrews Gardens, Myrtle Gardens, Caryl Gardens, Warwick Gardens and Gerard Gardens were built.
This striking multi-storey housing took inspiration from similar buildings in Germany and Austria such as the Karl Marx Hof development in Vienna.
For many people who moved into them, this was the first time they’d had access to hot running water, an indoor toilet and reasonably spacious rooms.
A strong sense of identity and community spirit was established among those that lived there and they quickly became a place where everyone knew each other.
However, by the 1980s this kind of housing had fallen out of favour, with the buildings no longer considered modern by city planners and requiring considerable renovation to bring them up to standard.
This led to the eventual demolition of tenements across the city much to the dismay of tenants, who in many cases campaigned fiercely against the decision.
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In a previous interview with the ECHO, Tracey Horrocks, a former resident of Caryl Gardens said: “The community spirit experienced by many tenants who lived there will never be forgotten.
“Events shared such as the Christmas grottos, summer carnivals and bonfire night parties brought great happiness to the lives of many residents who lived on the breadline.”
Here we take a trip down memory lane and look back at Liverpool’s lost tenements.
If you used to live in one of these buildings and would like to share your memories, please do so in the comments below.