Yesterday we went over to Liverpool for a day out on a reasonably sunny Sunday on a Bank Holiday weekend. While we were there, we decided to go up the St John’s Beacon (or, Radio City Tower as it’s known these days). The tower, which was built in the late 60’s, originally had a rotating restaurant at the top and the observation deck was in the open air on top of that. It was closed in 1983 and was unoccupied for a number of years. It was refurbished between 1998 and 2000 adding an additional floor where the outside observation deck used to be, re-opening as the studios of Radio City, the local commercial radio station. An indoor observation deck was opened to the public in 2012. On a good day like yesterday it affords great views over the city.
I’d been up before – 37 years ago when I was at University in the city. It was a bit different in those days. I remember stating outside in the open air and looking over a city that was much more depressed than today. there’s been a lot of development since then when the Albert Dock was deserted and dilapidated, Liverpool One wasn’t even a twinkle in the eye of the Duke of Westminster and the new buildings to the north of the city centre and near the University didn’t exist.
This is the view of the tower from St John’s Garden behind St George’s Hall. For a short while the sunlight was illuminating the bottom half of the tower making it appear to glow against the grey sky. The photograph doesn’t fully capture the effect.
Some views from the top of the tower.
Looking down over the developments during the city’s “golden age” during the Victorian period – St George’s Hall, the “World Museum”, Library, Walker Art Gallery ad Crown Court.
A couple of shots out over towards the pier head and the “Three Graces” and the Albert Dock
The Catholic cathedral with my old University behind.
The Anglican Cathedral
Looking over the city out towards the sea