Tytherley and Holmfield

Continuing along North Drive, the next four houses on the left - together with the large pair of semis opposite - are all Listed Buildings. After the Cross & Passion Convent (formerly a house called Rock Hey) comes No.35 North Drive, a fine example of a detached villa residence of the 1860s. Until stone-cleaning work obliterated the inscription, the gate-piers of this house used to bear the name 'Tytherley': Mr Richard Phillips - who had this house built for himself in 1864 - having been born in East Tytherley, Hampshire. The 1851 Census had described Phillips - then living in the High Street - as a 'Book Keeper', but by 1871 he was a 'Manager for United States Merchant and landowner' living here in Victoria Park with his wife, four grown-up children and two domestic servants (housemaid and cook).

Clearly, as Wavertree Village became busier and its inhabitants more prosperous, a green oasis like Victoria Park was a very attractive alternative to the High Street only 300 yards away. It also, however, drew its early residents from much further afield. Next door to Phillips - at the present No.37 North Drive, then called 'Holmfield' - the 1871 Census records Mr Allan Hanckel, a 40-year-old merchant born in South Carolina. He lived there with his 25-year-old wife (born in West Derby), three young children and six servants, including a housemaid from Wolverhampton and a 'trained sick nurse' from Scotland.

The above is an extract from 'DISCOVERING HISTORIC WAVERTREE',
. © Mike Chitty 1999.
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