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Galkoff's and the secret life of Pembroke Place

Galkoff's and the secret life of Pembroke Place

'Little Hell'

aerial view of city streets

Aerial view of Pembroke Place c1930s © Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

'"[Your Worship] the neighbourhood goes by the name of "LITTLE HELL"... and that one of the police constables stated that Oakes-street and Norman-street were full of brothels."
Liverpool Mercury, 28 September 1878

Pembroke Place frequently makes the news in the 19th century, being an area of ill-repute.

Several reports of murders and references to brothels are captured in newspapers. In 1884 there are reports of Russian sailor Ernest Ewerstardt murdering Elizabeth Edwards. The two had had an affair while Edwards was married, but when Ewerstardt found she was seeing a third man he bought a knife and killed her. In 1893 a woman turned against her husband when he was found to have visited local brothels. First she chained him to the bed, but when he escaped she used the chains to beat him to death!

The whole area was written off by some people, with one policeman quoted in the Liverpool Mercury newspaper in 1857 describing locals as "rough as bears yonder yet".

Read more about the volunteer research into 'Little Hell' in the blog Four funerals and a wedding.

More information about Pembroke Place's history