The Masonic on Lark Lane, also used as a Mortuary
After recently posting about the ‘Albert’s’ past use as a temporary mortuary, I thought I would look at Lark Lane’s other old pub ‘The Masonic’ (now ‘The Lodge’). Toxteth Park was in a desperate situation, its population was increasing rapidly but they had no mortuary. Numerous dead bodies were washed up on St. Michael’s shore (also known as ‘The Cast Iron Shore’), with nowhere else to take them, hotels were used. The Masonic Hotel was also used in the same capacity:
“The foreman of the jury expressed his surprise that through the want of a mortuary it became necessary to bring decomposed bodies to a public house”
Two days later and the body of the boy is now identified as Gerald Wheelan of Shadwell Street.
The article also calls for the Jury to be paid a small allowance – to emulate their Garston friends who received 2s. 6d. each.
Liverpool Mercury – Thursday 09 August 1888
Courtesy of British Newspaper Archive ©