Some history of the Globe Hotel at Liverpool
We have enjoyed a beer or two in this small Victorian pub during our visits to Liverpool in recent years. It is thought to be one of the smallest of the city centre's surviving boozers. The building sits amid an historic row on Cases Street next to a large glass entrance for a shopping centre, another of the incongruent elements of Liverpool's streetscape around St. John's. The Globe Hotel is roughly equidistant between The Midland and Cooper's, formerly the Druid's Arms and, later, The Sefton. The street was always fairly short in length and connected Ranelagh Street and Clayton Square. Cases Street had a few more pubs back in the day, along with a number of restaurants. The elegant frontage of The Midland still stands on the corner of Ranelagh Street but the loss of the Waterloo Hotel was a serious loss. The latter stood on the corner of Clayton Square next to the Prince of Wales Theatre. In the early-mid 19th century the corner of Cases Street and Clayton Square featured Richard Bird's Turkish and Russian Vapour and Warm-Water Baths which also incorporated Hot Air and Sulphur Baths. Positively exotic!
As you can see from the pub's elaborate gable, the Globe Hotel dates from 1888. Replacing an earlier public house, the building's frontage is typical of the 1880's when public houses were rebuilt with sophisticated workmanship but refraining from the unashamed elaboration that emerged during the following decade. Here, it is red brick with solid window frames, the roofline being the palpable architectural extravagance. It would be preferable to see the building with its original stone dressings but somebody was let loose with a paintbrush - in black! Still, we cannot moan too much for at least the Globe Hotel remains for 21st century customers to enjoy when so many of Liverpool's Victorian pubs have disappeared.
The pub was recorded as the Globe in 1842 when Joseph Winter was the landlord. It was in this year that he married Ellen Smith of Summer Lane in Birmingham. The Scottish-born spirit dealer John Sutter was the licensee of the earlier Globe Inn during the 1860's. His father, also John Sutter, had moved to Liverpool in the 1830's where he found work as a silversmith. It was a trade to which the publican turned after the death of his wife Annie. In the early 1880's, the latter years of the old Globe Inn, the licence was held by James Boyers of Walton. He employed Elizabeth Ashcroft as a barmaid along with Mary Adam as a general servant.
It was possibly Higson's Brewery Ltd. that rebuilt the Globe Hotel; the pub certainly became part of their tied estate. The Higson's brand remained on sale in the Globe Hotel even after the company had merged with other concerns. The ales sold at the Globe Hotel would have been produced in Dale Street in the early years. However, in 1914 the company moved to the Windsor Brewery in Upper Parliament Street before taking over the Walker Cains' Brewery in Stanhope Street. The Higson's brand of beer continued up until 1990 by which time the company had been bought by Boddington's and closed down by Whitbread.
This interior view of the Globe Hotel was taken during the run-up to Christmas in 2013 so there's a little tinsel here and there. Well, more than a bit! What the photograph doesn't show is the pub's famous sloping floor which angles up from the front entrance quite significantly. Not all of the interior fittings are original but fragments of the 1888 building remain which adds to the character of the place. A shallow vestibule entrance and the pub's stained glass panels are rather nice. Featuring wood-panelled walls, there is a small room to the rear. It was in this drinking space that the inaugural meeting of the Liverpool branch of CAMRA was held in January 1974. Talking of beer, this is a pub in which we have enjoyed decent ales. During our visits, the Globe Hotel has sold a couple of beers from regional brewers, augmented with guest ales.
Licensees of this pub
1860 - John Sutter
1869 - John Sutter
1881 - James Boyers
1911 - Thomas Henry Newbold
1938 - Alfred Ernest Speke
If you have a genealogy story or query regarding the Globe Hotel you can contact me and I will post it here.
This pub has a lovely signboard from its days as a revamped Cain's house. A sailor is consulting both the globe and his Nautical Almanac with a magnifying glass, excited no doubt by the prospect of the voyage ahead. In some parts of the country there are Globe inn signs that are thought to be associated with Portugal as the house sold Portuguese wines.
The location of the Globe Hotel is shown here on this plan dated 1888, the year in which the public house was rebuilt. No. 7 to the left was the Vine Hotel. A couple of doors away at No.13 is the former Druid's Arms, later known as The Sefton. In more recent times this has traded as Cooper's.
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"On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as
Adlai E. Stevenson
"On Tuesday last, an inquest was held before P. F.
Curry, Esq., the borough coroner, touching the death of Elizabeth Crown, the
keeper of a tobacco and cigar shop in Cases Street who hung herself on Sunday
last. Charles Chubbe, a boy living with his parents opposite the shop kept by
the deceased, stated that he often went errands for Mrs. Crown. On Sunday
afternoon, after coming from Newington Chapel Sunday School, he was sent by his
mother to keep the shop whilst Mrs. Crown cleaned herself. The shop door was
open. He sat down in the shop for a minute or so, and then he shouted "Mrs.
Crown," but got no answer. He went and told his mother that there was nobody in
the house, or that she would not answer. After looking through the house he
found her in the top room. He called her, but, as she did not answer, he went
down and told his mother. Mrs. Chubb said : I am the mother of the last witness,
and live opposite the shop of the deceased. Her name was Elizabeth Crown. She
told me she was 25 years-old. I was in the habit of cleaning her shop. She told
me she was a married woman, and that her husband was a commercial traveller.
Last week she told me several times that she was in a great deal of trouble. I
often saw her in drink. She was more or less in drink every day last week.
On Sunday morning, about half-past nine, I went over and washed out the shop.
After dinner, I took her some gin, and she said, "I will drink this noggin if I
never have any more." I asked her if I should fry her some beef for her dinner,
and she said, "O no, I cannot eat anything." She appeared in a very low way. She
told me she had a letter that morning from London. I saw her reading a letter.
She said, "I wish I had not received this letter." She said she had received
instructions in the letter to make the best of her things, and to make her way
to London. She said they did not know in London what difficulties she was in
here. She said she did not mind anything so much as the taxes : it was the taxes
she was frightened at. She said she had never been in such difficulties in her
life before. I wanted her to clean herself, as she would have some customers in,
it being Sunday afternoon. She said, "Oh, I am gone very careless, I don't
mind." When my son came from school I sent him over to the shop, as he has
described, and he came and told me that there was no one in the shop. I took him
over, and sent him upstairs; and he came down and said, "Mrs. Crown is asleep on
the stairs." I went up and saw her on the top stairs. I thought she was in a
fit, and I ran and called a police officer. Anthony Thomas Slack, police officer
No.176, stated that on going into the house No.16, Cases Street, at the request
of the last witness, he went to the top of the stairs, where he found the
deceased hanging by a piece of cord. One end was round her neck and the other
end was tied to the rail of the stairs in the top room, The body of the deceased
was partly in a sitting position on the stairs. He cut the cord, and removed the
body into the bedroom. She was quite dead. No other witnesses were called; and
the jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased hung herself in a
fit of temporary insanity."
"The Late Suicide in Cases Street"
Liverpool Mercury : January 21st 1853 Page 8.