Under the spotlight: Allerton’s Green Lane
Situated in one of the city’s most desirable suburbs, Green Lane boasts a wealth of high-end housing options with bars, restaurants and a spectacular park right on its doorstep.
As Ireland’s papal visit evokes memories of Liverpool 1982 and John Paul II’s Allerton stopover, we take a look at what makes this South Liverpool street so sought after with homebuyers.
Words by Lawrence Saunders
A historic visit
On 28 May 1982, Pope John II landed at Gatwick Airport for the start of a six-day tour of Great Britain.
The first time a sitting Pontiff had ever visited these shores, His Holiness would greet and bless hundreds and thousands of Catholics across nine cities during his historic visit.
His whistle stop tour of 16 UK venues began at Westminster Cathedral and included a meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace and a huge open-air service at the old Wembley Stadium.
“Upon his arrival, the Pope immediately went to pray in the chapel for 15 minutes, before sitting down for dinner with the bishops.”
On Sunday 30 May, the Holy Father arrived at Liverpool airport via helicopter from Coventry with thousands eagerly waiting to greet him.
It’s estimated some one million people lined his route from Speke into the city centre where he visited Liverpool Cathedral before making his way along Hope Street to Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
After celebrating mass he travelled by ‘Popemobile’ to Green Lane, and the residence of close friend Archbishop of Liverpool Derek Worlock.
Staying in Liverpool meant he could go more easily to Manchester on the next stage of his visit the following day.
Monsignor John Furnival remembers: “Upon his arrival, the Pope immediately went to pray in the chapel for 15 minutes before sitting down for dinner with the bishops, his secretary and his valet.
“He rose at around 6.30am the next day to go, after breakfast, to Heaton Park in Manchester, but not before going back upstairs to the room overlooking the street to wave to the crowds.
“Some people had gathered in Green Lane all night.”
No longer owned by the Archdiocese of Liverpool, 85 Green Lane has since been divided up into a number of apartments.
A two-bedroom flat on Green Lane is currently on the market for £332,500 which claims to include the bedroom where His Holiness slept.
Falling inside the catchment area of an excellent local school is an absolute must for many families when looking to buy a new home.
Choosing Green Lane would put you within walking distance of Bishop Eton Catholic Primary School which was described as outstanding in its most recent Ofsted report.
“You’re never more than five minutes from Calderstones Park – one of the region’s most elegant green spaces.”
Bishop Eton, which scores above the national average for both reading and maths, is rated five stars by school comparison website SchoolGuide.co.uk.
Notable alumni include Irish country music sensation Nathan Carter and your humble wordsmith who captained the football team and starred as a tree in the year six Christmas pantomime.
From Green Lane you’re never more than five minutes from Calderstones Park – without doubt one of the Liverpool City Region’s most elegant green spaces.
The 94-acre expanse boasts two of Liverpool’s most ancient treasures, a 1,000 year-old oak tree and the six mysterious stones which give the park its name.
The megaliths will move off site for conservation later this year, before returning to form the centrepiece of a new heritage offer at The International Centre for Shared Reading.
Scheduled to open in spring 2019, The Reader’s community hub at Calderstones Mansion House will include a bookshop, events space, a new café and reading rooms.
Food and drink delights
With Allerton Road at one end and Woolton Road at the other, some of Liverpool’s most highly thought of out-of-town bars and restaurants are within easy reach of Green Lane.
A mere 30-second stroll from the Allerton end of our in-focus thoroughfare is Verdant, an upmarket French eatery which this publication rated as one of its top new restaurants of 2017.
Venture a little further along Allerton Road to discover Maray and its clucking brilliant take on the classic American dish, chicken and waffles.
A similarly short hop from the junction of Green Lane and Woolton Road will land you in an oasis of culinary options including top notch Italian Cucina Di Vincenzo, bustling all-day cafe-bistro Neighbourhood and authentic French pâtisserie Artisane.
A diverse mix of well-appointed terraced, semi and detached homes with a scattering of desirable apartment developments, Green Lane’s housing stock has something for everyone.
Obviously your own slice of Green Lane life doesn’t come cheap with the average price of a Green Lane property coming in at £393,537 according to Zoopla.
Estate agent Abode is currently asking for offers over £900,000 for a seven-bedroom detached home on the lane which it describes as “arguably one of Liverpool’s finest detached properties currently being offered for sale”.
Average house price: £394,000
70-bedroom detached: £900,000