By Shannon Lyon.
The L8 postcode covers Liverpool City Centre, Toxteth and Dingle.
It is commonly known as the Baltic Triangle and the location is situated on the edge of the city centre.
Places of Interest:
- The Baltic Market
- Ghetto Golf
- The Peaky Blinders Bar
- The Camp and Furnace
- The Baltic Social
- The Coburg
- The Baltic Fleet
- Sefton Park
- Princes Park
The location is mainly residential. It has great links to the city centre and outside of the city by bus and train. There are two main rail stations, Brunswick train station and St Michaels train station. It has local pubs, bars and restaurants for locals and visitors to the area.
The area has a large community of mixed ethnicity.
Toxteth was gradually urbanised in the 18th and 19th century and large Georgian homes where being built in the canning area. This was then continued in the Victorian era as more grand looking houses being built along the tree-lined Prince’s Road/Avenue Boulevard and around Prince’s Park. The area then became wealthy for slave merchants of Liverpool. But it also had a large poor population in modest Victorian terraces. Some of these streets of terraces are boarded up, awaiting demolition.
Notable People within the Area:
- Ringo Starr
- Robbie Fowler
- Gerry Marsden
- Victor Anichebe
- Reginald Bevins
The politician within the area is Louise Ellman, Labour Party.
- The location has been used to film the BBC television series Boys from the Blackstuff, which is mainly filmed in the area of Dingle on Garswood and Elswick Street. L8 is also part of the city centre which includes the likes of: Liverpool One Shopping Centre, China Town, Mathew Street, Ropewalks, The Liver Building, Hope Street, Bold Street, The Waterfront, including Kings Dock. Furthermore, this also includes West Tower, Beetham Tower, Metropolitan House and New Hall Place.
The culture within the area features:
- Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture 2008, which is the first city in England to be awarded with the title.
- Mathew Street Music Festival.
- The Cavern Club.
- Echo Arena.
- Museums: World Museum, William Brown Library and Museumand Walker Art Gallery. The Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, Tate Liverpool, National Conservation Centre and Museum of Liverpool.
Crime within the Area:
Toxteh has a high crime rate. It has had a history of riots in the area one being in 1981 and two further ones in 1985 and 2011. Youth unemployment in the area was reported to be above 50%. Toxteth is still one of the most deprived areas in Britain.
Crimes most frequent in the area is theft, drug abuse and violent crimes.