Rodney Street, Liverpool

Rodney Street in Liverpool, England is noted for the number of doctors who practise there and its Georgian architecture. It is sometimes referred to 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 Grade II* former church.[a]

Rodney Street
Rodney Street from Upper Duke Street.jpg
Rodney Street, at junction with Upper Duke Street
LocationLiverpool, England
Coordinates53°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 start1783


Rodney Street, Liverpool circa 1885

Rodney Street was laid out in 1783–1784 by William Roscoe and others. It was named after George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney,[1] 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.[citation needed]

Sometimes referred to in local media as the "Harley Street of the North", some buildings on Rodney Street are now used by doctors conducting private clinics, notably for cosmetic surgery.[2]


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, and the home of his father John. 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.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ In the context of the UK listing system, structures such as monuments and lamp-posts can be individually designated as if they were a building in the more common sense of the word.


  1. ^ Historic England. "62 Rodney Street (1072958)". National Heritage List for England.
  2. ^ Davies, Helen (10 May 2015). "Why Liverpool's Rodney Street really is the Harley Street of the North". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  3. ^ "E. Chambré Hardman Studio, House & Photographic Collection". Mersey Gateway. Archived from the original on 9 November 2006.
  4. ^ Liverpool Record Office Annual Report 2008-2009

Further readingEdit

  • Rideout, Edna (1931). "Rodney Street, Liverpool" (PDF). Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. The Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. 83: 61–95.

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