Rodney Street, Liverpool

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Rodney Street
Rodney Street from Upper Duke Street.jpg
Rodney Street, at junction with Upper Duke Street
Location Liverpool
Coordinates 53°24′06″N 2°58′24″W / 53.4018°N 2.9733°W / 53.4018; -2.9733Coordinates: 53°24′06″N 2°58′24″W / 53.4018°N 2.9733°W / 53.4018; -2.9733
Construction start 1783
Completion 1784

Rodney Street in Liverpool, England is noted for the number of doctors and its Georgian architecture. It is sometimes known as the "Harley Street of the North". Together with Hope Street and Gambier Terrace it forms the Rodney Street conservation area. There are over 60 Grade II listed buildings on the street and one II* church.


Rodney Street, Liverpool circa 1885

Rodney Street was laid out in 1783–1784 by William Roscoe and named after George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, who, in 1782, secured a naval victory over the Comte de Grasse at the Battle of the Saintes. It was developed piecemeal up to the 1820s with houses for the affluent, escaping the old town centre. A few houses have five bays, with central doors, but most are three bays. They were erected in pairs or short runs by different developers which led to an inconsistent roof line.


E. Chambré Hardman's studio at 59 Rodney Street

No. 9 was the birthplace of Arthur Clough, a poet born in 1819. No. 62 (built 1792–1793) was the birthplace in 1809 of William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on four separate occasions through the 1860s to the 1890s. No. 59 Rodney Street was home and studio to Edward Chambré Hardman (1898–1988), photographer, and is now owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. On the north side of Rodney Street stands the (disused) Scottish Presbyterian Church of Saint Andrew, built in 1823–1824. The body of the church is of a simple two storey design with round arched windows and stuccoed walls designed by Daniel Stewart. The façade of blackened ashlar, designed by John Foster Jr., is an imposing composition of Ionic entrance columns, flanked by corner towers, topped with Corinthian columns and domes. In 2012 the former church was renovated and redeveloped to provide en suite student accommodation for 100 students. Number 19 is the address where fictional author Tom Slemen (b. 1950) wrote many of his topselling Haunted Liverpool books.


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  1. ^ Liverpool Record Office Annual Report 2008-2009

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