Westminster Road Fire Engine & Police Station
Westminster Road Police and Fire Station, Kirkdale, Liverpool.
The Police and Fire Station buildings in Westminster Road, Kirkdale have only been saved from demolition as recently as 2007. Designed by Liverpool's youngest ever City Surveyor Thomas Shelmerdine in 1885 it formerly housed a police station, fire station and bridewell. Later parts of the building were used as a public house, but for many years it has been derelict. it was due to be demolished in 2007. Fortunately it has now been granted Grade II listed status. The building uses red-brick, tile and is in an 'Old English' style and contains some remarkable detailing.
Shelmerdine built several equally impressive libraries in Liverpool including the nearby Everton Library in a neo-Jacobean style. The Kirkdale and Everton areas of Liverpool retain some incredible examples of late Victorian and Edwardian building craftsmanship, such as checkerboard banding in the brickwork, turrets (as in the Westminster Road site) and architectural mouldings. As these areas are in a very run-down and deprived part of Liverpool the beauty of this element of the city's heritage is too often ignored.
Thomas Shelmerdine (1845-1921) became City Surveyor aged 26 in 1871 and continued in the job for 43 years.