Saturday, 28 September 2013
and ends almost as quickly.
When I left school I joined Ayrton Saunders Ltd, a Liverpool firm of Manufacturing Chemists with considerable interests abroad, whose headquarters was in Hanover Street in Liverpool's city centre where the company had been established in 1868. The 1898 archive material gives a lively read of what it was like to visit the company's premises at that time.
I joined the firm as a trainee accountant in those same premises. I think that I lasted about 6 weeks. Accountancy wasn't for me despite maths being one of my strongest subjects. That six weeks did give me plenty of stories though.
I never set foot inside the building once I'd left and in the last 40 years I've rarely walked down Hanover Street. When CJ and I were in Liverpool during August I went to see whether the building was still there. It was.
Hanover Street is narrow so taking a photo of the building was quite a challenge. The parallax effect of viewing from so close was unavoidable so I'll call it an artistic view. The name of Ayrton Saunders can be seen underneath "Gostin Furniture" on the apex of the facade.