Wavertree Garden Suburb Centenary 2010

The foundation stone of the first house in the Garden Suburb - now numbered 13 Wavertree Nook Road - was laid on 20th July 1910. It was part of a national crusade to provide ordinary working people with good quality houses, in attractive surroundings, at affordable rents.

The estate was developed by a 'co-partnership' company - Liverpool Garden Suburb Tenants Ltd - in which the tenants were themselves shareholders (see the history section of this website, or our book
Discovering Historic Wavertree for further details). Right from the start, the aim was to create a sense of community. Although virtually all of the houses are now owner occupied - LGST having been dissolved in the 1930s - the unique character of the area remains.

The Wavertree Society's CALENDAR for 2010 featured 12 black-and-white photos, fully captioned, depicting different aspects of the Garden Suburb's development and social life from 1910 onwards.

The cover illustration (above), of houses in Fieldway, was derived from a watercolour by the late Alan Bickley.

Left: Inside the back cover was a diagram showing the area 'as it might have been' if developed with terraced housing at the 'normal' Liverpool density of 41 instead of 11 houses per acre.

Right: The back cover of the Calendar featured 'thumbnail' versions of the monthly photographs.

Next page: The monthly pages of the Calendar featured photographs of Wavertree Nook Road (1914 and 1911), a 'birds eye view' 1912, Southway - then known as North Way - 1914, a May Day float (late 1920s), morris dancers 1913, Fieldway Green 1914, the Floral Queen 1933, Fieldway Square as originally planned (1912), Thingwall Road houses under construction, local shops (1920s) and the Wavertree Garden Suburb Institute.

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