Mathew Street

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Mathew Street
Mathew Street, Liverpool 01.jpg
Mathew Street, 2016
Mathew Street is located in Liverpool
Mathew Street
Location Liverpool
Postal code L2
Coordinates 53°24′22″N 2°59′13″W / 53.40600°N 2.98700°W / 53.40600; -2.98700Coordinates: 53°24′22″N 2°59′13″W / 53.40600°N 2.98700°W / 53.40600; -2.98700
Known for
The Cavern Club on Mathew Street

Mathew Street is a street in Liverpool, England, notable as the location of the new Cavern Club, The Beatles having played in the original club on numerous occasions in their early career.

Mathew Street is visited by thousands of tourists a year, who visit the Cavern Club and many surrounding attractions including a statue of John Lennon, a Beatles store, the Liverpool Beatles Museum and several pubs formerly frequented by the band. A wall in Mathew Street is adorned by a sculpture by Arthur Dooley entitled "Four Lads Who Shook the World".


Mathew Street sign

The street connects Rainford Gardens (off Whitechapel)[1] to North John Street, and is located in an area of the city centre known today as "The Cavern Quarter". Historically it was the centre of Liverpool's wholesale fruit and vegetable market.[2]

Mural tribute sculpture to The Beatles by Arthur Dooley


The street was originally named Mathew Pluckington Street, after a famous Liverpool merchant.[3]

It was also home to the influential music club Eric's, which played host to many famous punk and post-punk bands from its opening in 1976, despite only being open for 4 years.[4]

The fame of Mathew Street led to the arrest of 3 men in 2006 when an American in Dallas, Texas, viewing the street's webcam, saw a burglary in progress and called Merseyside Police.[5]

Original statue of Jung in Mathew Street, a half-body on a plinth captioned "Liverpool is the pool of life"
Current, more durable statue of Jung

The psychoanalyst Carl Jung is often cited as visiting Liverpool in 1927,[6] but he only recorded a dream in which he had, later published in Jung's autobiography Memories, Dreams, Reflections of which he wrote

"Liverpool is the pool of life, it makes to live."[7]

As a result, a statue of Jung was erected in Mathew Street in 1987, but being made of plaster, was vandalised and replaced by a more durable version in 1993.

Today, Mathew Street is one of Liverpool's most popular nightlife destinations.[8]

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  1. ^ in which Brian Epstein's music shop, NEMS, was situated
  2. ^ "View Two - Fruitopia. Luli Barzman". 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  3. ^ Rosney 2015, Mathew Street.
  4. ^ "Liverpool Museums page about Eric's". Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Texas man foils burglary in Britain". Wikinews. 25 August 2006. Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  6. ^ Grant, Linda (5 June 2003). "History broke Liverpool, and it broke my heart". London: Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  7. ^ Cavanagh, Terry (1997). Public sculpture of Liverpool - Google Books. ISBN 9780853237112. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
  8. ^ " - Latest Liverpool FC news, opinion and more". liverpool.


External links[edit]

Media related to Mathew Street at Wikimedia Commons