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Paradox


Liverpool used to be the home of the Football Pools, with two of the big companies, Littlewoods and Vernons, having their headquarters here.

The old Vernons Building was in Aintree by the racecourse and it housed hundreds of employees who would spend days checking the pools coupons manually and coming up with the lucky winners. When the company closed own the buildings lay empty for a long time before it became a nightclub called Paradox. But even that has now closed and the only remainiing part is the tower with the Vernons Clock on it.

Paradox


Liverpool used to be the home of the Football Pools, with two of the big companies, Littlewoods and Vernons, having their headquarters here.

The old Vernons Building was in Aintree by the racecourse and it housed hundreds of employees who would spend days checking the pools coupons manually and coming up with the lucky winners. When the company closed own the buildings lay empty for a long time before it became a nightclub called Paradox. But even that has now closed and the only remainiing part is the tower with the Vernons Clock on it.

comments (11)

  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 14 Feb 2008, 08:13
Original composition ... And funny story for a single building !!! Thanks for sharing it ...
Les Auld: My pleasure Ann, thanks for the comment.
Looks a bit battered, this old building, but I bet it has tales to tell. Interesting treatment.
Les Auld: Many many tales Ian, thanks for the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Feb 2008, 10:42
Excellent composition. Another good instance to apply one of the templates.
Les Auld: very useful these templates Louis, glad you like it.
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Feb 2008, 11:14
Crikey. Interesting building Les
Les Auld: Thanks Chad, I have driven past this building so many times so I thought a picture was needed before it disappears.
Make me think of Horace Batchelor and his Infra draw method.

That's Keynsham spelt k e y n s h a m!
Les Auld: By jove Bill, shows you age I'm afraid. I remember Horace Batchelor on Radio Luxemburg I think, although I could be wrong.
Good picture Les. I've been doing Vernons Pools for years and never won a penny!
Les Auld: Neither did I Brian, thanks for the comment.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 14 Feb 2008, 21:16
Love the pp on this Les. I like the contrast with the battered old building with it's electronic gizmos still on the roof.
Les Auld: Just a battered mobile phone tower now, thanks for the comment.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 15 Feb 2008, 17:22
Again, smashing shot, you've an excellent eye for positioning a building in time.
Les Auld: Thanks dave, appreciate the comment.
  • jenny tyler
  • United States
  • 1 Feb 2010, 00:04
I used to work at Vernons pools in the early sixties, anyone remember me? i went to Canada in 1964 everyone baught me a silver bracalet.
Mrs Green was the superviser
still got it ..
Les Auld: Coincidently my wife's step-mother worked at Vernons Pool in the 60s as a supervisor, Her first name was Doreen but her last name escapes me though.
  • jenny tyler
  • canada
  • 1 Feb 2010, 00:12
How long has it been like this?
Dont you do the pools over there anymore?
Les Auld: For many years Jenny, there are still pools but not collected like they used to be by men going from door to door.
  • jenny fudger (tyler)
  • canada .bc
  • 16 Feb 2010, 23:42
Les. believe it or not i do believe My Mrs Green was Doreen.
I wish i could find other girls from that time to be sure.
Les Auld: Could be a co-incidence Jenny, I'll try and find out her last name.

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