Love Lane Lives

The history of sugar in Liverpool and the effects of the closure of the Tate & Lyle sugar refinery, Love Lane

The Girls & Boys from the Whitestuff

The Blue Turban Ladies of the Tate closure protests

"The remarkable thing about this project was not just sugar, an extraordinary but much taken for granted commodity but the extraordinary lives of ordinary refinery workers... This project has lots of historical curiosity value but it has wider ramifications for ongoing debates on the politics of food and globalization. It's also a vital record of the people who struggled against a major multinational to protect not just their own livelihoods but a whole community."

Ron Noon

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I’m glad to hear that MG’s on the mend. I really should devote more attention to this site.

This link shows Love Lane and a few of its side-streets seven years ago.
(The blue fence in the distance on the bottom photograph indicates where the entrance of T+LT Lockfields used to be.)

Now, it’s no wonder that the historical rail boys are interested in this area; a look at any relevant map reveals that the area between the western side of Love Lane and Great Howard Street was covered in railway lines. (And, of course, there are those photos of steam trains which were snapped from the Refinery building. I’ll post ‘em again if anyone’s interested.)

What I’d be interested in is how much disruption was caused by the removal of the rail bridges on the eastern fork of the viaduct. This must have happened between April and October 1977. (Two videos I’ve seen on the internet - Ron’s “Love Lane Lives” and Dave Forrest’s “Tate & Lyle Lorries Liverpool” - show that the bridges had well gone by 1981.) This must’ve interfered with the traffic between Lockfields and Home Trade/Chisenhale Street; additionally, there were a few warehouses located in the side streets between Love Lane and Great Howard Street where stocks were held of T&L products (notably LGS). I’d be interested if an ex-T&L or T+LT employee remembers any disruption and if there were special measures taken to deal with it.

PS- More by accident than design, I’ve discovered the reason for those mysterious bollards opposite Home Trade which are still there now. An old friend of mine (originally from Bulawayo, but ex-Liverpool Uni) came up from Hampshire to research her late, Liverpool-born father’s ancestry. While in the history section of the new and impressive Liverpool Central Library I happened upon a book showing that the bollards were there to separate road traffic from trams as the latter progressed from Pall Mall to Great Howard Street via Chadwick Street.
There you go. Merseyside’s answer to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

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