Save the Welsh Streets

2014

35.7% Funded
/
£14,265 Pledged
/
£40,000 Goal
35.7%

About the Project

SAVE Britain’s Heritage is campaigning to save the Welsh Streets in Liverpool, England from demolition – and we need your help!

This historic quarter of beautiful, tree-lined Victorian terraced streets is threatened with demolition. Over 400 houses will be knocked down, including most of Madryn Street – where Ringo Starr of the Beatles was born and raised. The area is also important for its links with Welsh cultural history.

We’re fighting a public inquiry in June 2014 to overturn a decision from Liverpool Council to demolish the streets and replace them with a bland modern development. SAVE’s vision is to preserve the uniqueness of the streets and refurbish them – a happier and more sustainable solution, and better for the people who still live and work in this historic area.

SAVE Britain’s Heritage is a frontline conservation charity that believes in saving historic buildings and finding new uses for them. We have been campaigning for a decade to save the Welsh Streets, and now is the critical moment when the public can have its say in their future.

We need to raise £40,000 to fight the inquiry, and you can be a part of it by supporting our campaign. The more you contribute, the more involved you can become – from being one of the first to hear campaign news, to visiting the site, VIP invitations to special events, bespoke Beatles tours and books, and even having tea at Ringo’s Auntie’s place, 21 Madryn Street!

Ringo Starr and the Welsh Streets

Ringo Starr was born at No.9 Madryn Street, and his early life is connected to the whole neighbourhood: his grandparents lived at the other end of the street, his aunt lived at No.21, and his best friend at No.10. We believe it is important to keep this as a complete environment for locals and international visitors to use and enjoy.

Ringo Starr’s story is the most ‘rag to riches’ of all the Beatles. He was born in a modest terraced house, lived there until he was five years old, and then moved across the road until he went to London after becoming an international mega star with the Beatles. SAVE holds that this is an area of important cultural significance and great potential – that needs your help!

SAVE owns a property bang, slap in the middle of the site: 21 Madryn Street, where Ringo’s Starr’s Aunt once lived, and where Ringo would have spent plenty of time.

SAVE bought the house to show that, with minimal investment, it is possible to make these terraces into comfortable homes. Our house has two happy inhabitants, and is being redesigned by top designer Wayne Hemingway at no charge in recognition of the value of our work.

Despite this, Liverpool Council wants to demolish our house and hundreds of others, replacing them with new houses at a much greater cost than the refurbishment of the existing homes. SAVE says no: we have shown these houses can easily be brought back into use, at the same time as saving a unique townscape that is an important part of the nation’s history. We want future generations to be able to enjoy it – and we’re sure you do too.

Why are they called the Welsh Streets?

The Welsh Streets were laid out and built by prominent Welsh architect Richard Owens, who master-planned large areas of Liverpool in the last quarter of the 19th century. Owens was the embodiment of the strong Welsh element that contributed to the history and construction of Liverpool at its great moment of expansion in the late 19th century. The Welsh Streets are named after Welsh landmarks, the houses were built and partly inhabited by Welsh builders, and the area was a Welsh community for many years.

The campaign

Fighting public inquiries is an expensive business, and SAVE is a small independent charity that receives no public funding. Our experts are giving their time for free or at greatly reduced rates, investing some £200,000 of donated time to this fight. We still need to raise another £40,000 to cover legal fees, the cost of a survey of a number of houses on the site, towards the redecoration of the house, and other expenses.

Our team for the inquiry is strong: SAVE is working with experts in Welsh history who have uncovered important new information about the area, with Beatles expert Dave Bedford (author of ‘Liddypool’), experienced surveyors, architects, conservation specialists, and a celebrated junior barrister.

Public Inquiries are there for the public – we encourage all of you to attend the inquiry, which will be held in the stunning Cunard Building on the waterfront in Liverpool, between 17th June and 4th July. Join our team – we’ll be there!

FAQs

I want to support the campaign - what do I do?

Pick a benefit level, click on the green ‘Support Now’ button in the column on the right, and purchase! Tell your friends and everyone you know, and ask them to get involved too. The more the merrier!

Can I support the campaign as a gift?

Yes of course! We all know someone who loves the Beatles and would be happy to help save Ringo’s neighbourhood? Or people for whom Welsh history, conservation and sustainability are important? Send them our way! The more people who get involved, the more work we can do for this important place.

What happens after I have bought a benefit?

You will receive an email from us acknowledging your purchase and welcoming you to the SAVE team. Immediately after the funding window closes, we will ship all physical merchandise such as postcards, prints, tickets and tea towels. As soon as you support the project at any level, you will begin to receive news and exclusive updates. If you have purchased a benefit to go on a tour or have tea at 21 Madryn Street, we will contact you right away to arrange a date, as places are limited and dates will be available on a first-come, first served basis.

How do I get in touch with the SAVE team?

We’re here for you! Email us directly at office@savebritainsheritage.org and one of our team will get straight back to you. We’re also on Twitter @SAVEBrit, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/save.heritage and Skype (savebritainsheritage). Our office number is 0207 253 3500, but email is best.

How can I find out more about the project?

We’ll be putting plenty of updates on our website, where you can keep up to date with our latest news. Click here www.savebritainsheritage.org for more information about the case.

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