Liverpool Pubs by Ken Pye

Liverpool Pubs by Ken Pye is a lovely short book on pubs in Liverpool. I knew the history of a couple of them, but not all. I am going to visit all the pubs in the book. He talks about a small number of pubs, but the descriptions and history of each one is extensively detailed.

Liverpool Pubs by Ken Pye

There are lovely photos, including historical ones, for each pub. Pye focused on the pubs in the city centre, in walking distance from each other, and, of course, close to the transport links and lots of hotels. I think this book has an appeal for Liverpudlians, who might be aware of the history of a few of the pubs mentioned, like Cavern or the Philharmonic, but without knowing about some of the others. I also think this book is great for anyone wishing to visit Liverpool and to know about its history through its pubs too.

One of the pubs we visited after reading about it in the book was (no pictures because it was so busy) Ma Egerton. Mary was a landlady who thought it was strange that one of her customers came with a new girlfriend wearing a piece of jewellery owned by a friends of hers, the ex-wife of the customer. She told the police who discovered that the man killed his wife. He was put on trial, found guilty, and executed in 1910 for his crime. Isn’t that just a fascinating thing to learn about a pub?

Liverpool Pubs by Ken Pye

Details about the picture: at one of the pubs mentioned in the book
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Amberley Publishing
Year it was published: 2015
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): History
Pages: 96

About the author: Ken Pye is the author of a number of books, and produced the Discover Liverpool series of DVD documentaries. He is a regular contributor to magazines, journals, newspapers, and television, and is the official local historian for Radio City in Liverpool. He broadcasts on BBC Radio Merseyside weekly and gives local history lectures every month. He is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool Hope University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A Scouser born and bred, Ken still lives in his home town, Liverpool.
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