Friday, 11 May 2012

Great Homer Street, Liverpool

Originally laid out by Georgian property developer Joshua Rose in 1810 and named after the Greek poet. The literary link may have appealed to Lowry or he knew someone who lived such as one the crew of Pyrrhus as in his novel Ultramarine. By the late 1920’s, the street was a major thoroughfare through the deprived and populous area of North Liverpool. The street was the dividing line between the 'Catholic' and the 'Protestant' areas of North Liverpool. Joe Passalique imagines a gentleman policeman gliding down the street twisting his baton like an evil wand – a vision that reinforces the idea of Liverpool as the “terrible city” ('Goya The Obscure' Pg. 271); it is the home of Andersen Marthon Bredahl, the cook and the galley boy Norman Leif on the ship ‘Oedipus Tyrannus” in Ultramarine (Pg15); "Dana Hilliot, the sypilitic, as he strolls aimfully  down Great Homer Street. Look! How everyone he touches is smitten with the dire disease. (Ultramarine Pg. 69).

See Great Homer Street v Sea Road

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