Report - Littlewoods Pools building Liverpool (July 2017)

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Dec 4, 2016
North Wales
History (@albino-jay )

Littlewoods ‘football pools’ was founded in 1923 by John Moores and based in this building on Edge Lane. The building has had various uses throughout its life. During World War II, it was used for the manufacture of barrage balloons and woollen material. At the outbreak of the war the building’s mighty printing presses were used to print 17 million National Registration forms in just three days. The floors of Halifax Bombers were assembled at the building, and it was also the nerve centre of MC5, the government agency that intercepted mail to break enemy codes. Bomb shelters in the basement areas still contain artwork and graffiti on the walls dating from the 1941 Wartime Blitz and ‘Battle of the Atlantic’, when parts of Liverpool, its rail yards and docklands suffered more bombs per square mile than even London’s East End. The building also continued to be used by Unity Pools during the war (formed from the three Liverpool ‘football pools’ companies of Littlewoods, Zetters and Vernons).

The ‘football pools’ or ‘pools’ for short, allowed people to bet on the results of football matches which were popular until the introduction of the National Lottery. The building housed the giant printing presses that sent millions of pools coupons across the country every week to players dreaming of winning a large prize for predicting the correct final results to matches.

In March 2013, a regeneration scheme for the site at Edge Lane was approved by Liverpool City Council. North West developers, Capital & Centric had put forward proposals for a new development which compromised a hotel, high tech offices and shops. This didn’t go ahead but in September 2015 a revised plan from Capital & Centric was approved which will see the conversion of the art deco building into a £25m new film studio.

The Explore

The place is heavily covered in camera's and barbed wire which makes it a bit tricky, along with the constant pigeons and seagulls making you jump while you explore! We did not manage to find the air raid shelter in the building however it was a different explore, the building does not have that many items left in it however it has a good view if you climb to the top!
















28DL Regular User
Regular User
Nov 19, 2009
Love it, i really want to see this but never seem to get the chance in Liverpool recently..more effort needed i think.
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