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Report - Pardox Discotheque/Vernon's Pools Tower, Liverpool - May '11

Discussion in 'Leisure Sites' started by Xan_Asmodi, May 5, 2011.

  1. Xan_Asmodi

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    Opened in either 1990 or 1991 and closed in May 2001, this controversial purpose built "mega-club" was flattened some time after 2007. What is left on the site are the remains of the Vernons Pools building. This 6-story (including the roof) listed art deco tower was built in the 1920s. I can't find much history on Vernon's though.

    Vernon's 1958

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    and The Paradox 2001

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    The club was popular with punters, but not so much with critics:

    The local free paper has recently - i.e. today, the 5th of May 2011 - published an article calling the site "an eyesore", and saying "the 2.39 acres freehold cuts a depressing figure on the skyline since the site has been for sale with offers invited in the region of £2.5m."

    Anyway, on with the pics

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    Still a few remnants of the old club around
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    Saturday night here was broadcast live on local radio. I used to listen to it before my musical tastes changed
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    The cash office is still there
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    Along with two safes
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    Obligatory lonely chair shot
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    Obligatory staircase shot
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    Still bits of paperwork left here and there
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    The top floor was my favourite, with the four Vernon's clockfaces

    How it used to look...

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    ...and now
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    The electronic clock mechanism
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    And on to the roof!
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    Looking over to Switch Cars - report to follow
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    Looking down the A59 toward Aintree race course
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    Main stand at Aintree race course
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    Panorama of the clock room. Click for full sized goodness!
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    That's it, thanks for looking!
    As usual Flickr set is here
    Slideshow is here
     
    #1 Xan_Asmodi, May 5, 2011
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  2. tanky

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    love this!! would kill to see this in the flesh so to speak!
     
  3. BrainL

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    Its gone now @tanky think there is a sports direct there now.. I spent many a sweaty night in this place in my youth.. I honestly couldn't think of anything worse than a night at the Pardox now haha
     
  4. Coxieboy

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    I remember it as Vernons and the massive Ribble bus station next to it. And.... the retail park to the left of it was Courtaulds. Jeez I'm getting old.....
     
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    What a shame, glad to see some pics of it before they got rid of it, very nice work!
     
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