(Admiral Hotel, Royal Oak Hotel)
This pub at the junction of Admiral Street (left) and North Hill Street (right) is usually figured in directories as being at 84 North Hill Street. Over the years it has changed name several times, as follows:-
1881 Royal Park Hotel
1894 Royal Park Hotel
1911 Royal Park Hotel
1926 The Admiral Hotel
1934 The Admiral Hotel
1938 The Royal Oak Hotel
1946 The Royal Park Hotel
1955 The Royal Park Hotel
1962 Royal Park Hotel
1966 Royal Park Hotel
It was demolished some time after 1962.
1934 Wm Henry Taylor
1938 Wm Henry Taylor
1946 Cyril Burns
1955 Edward John Cook
1962 no one named
1966 no one named
Graham Thomas, who family occupied this pub for many years relates the following, very complete history.
“During most of the 1920s it was either owned – or more likely leased – by Henry Thomas. (In the photograph, the young boy standing outside the pub is his son, Paul Thomas.). Next door is the Toxteth Masonic Hall – the Masons had close links to the pub and Henry Thomas was one himself.
The Thomas family had first arrived in Toxteth from Gresford, (near Wrexham) in N. Wales in the 1850s. This was George Thomas and he lived initially in Jones Street. He worked as a labourer in the docks and married Mary Quinlan from Ireland. By 1871, the family had moved to Markham Street. One of his sons, George, trained as a French Polisher and, when he married, lived first in Lothian Street and then Wynnstay Street. His youngest son was the Henry Thomas of the Admiral Hotel.
His was an interesting story in that he emigrated to New Zealand and ended up serving in WW1 as a Captain in the NZEF, 2nd Otago Infantry from August 1914 to Oct 1919, seeing active service in Egypt, Gallipoli and the Western Front. After he was demobbed, he went to Oxford as part of an effort to help those who had served as officers to train. He became a student at Trinity College but never graduated as he married an Oxford girl and later returned to Liverpool and took over the Admiral Hotel. By all accounts, the pub was a success until the depression hit, and then it went bust.
Thank you Graham for the history and the photograph.