Fruit Exchange - Jan 19

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UrbandonedTeam

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Our first uRbEx of the new year took us to the centre of Liverpool to attempt this well-known structure that had deceived us for two years. Today with a better knowledge we hoped to head back in time to see this piece of 1900s history finally for ourselves.



Fruit Exchange



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Before we visited this place, we had heard how dusty it was inside, but that didn't prepare us for the reality - layers of dust covered the old wooden benches that had survived until today, because the building is free of vandalism due to it's location. I can't say for certain but I am pretty positive this is the site that caused a speck of dust to go under my sensor, so I have to keep photoshopping out said speck each photo I edit.



The first area we covered was a construction site area that is supposed to become flats. It looked as if work was ongoing but if you looked closer, there was signs of decay and holes in the floor, so it is more likely that the rennovations have been put on halt for a number of years.



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The tiling was nice, and was the only interesting part of this section of the building



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From there we made our way through the crammed entrance hall into our first auction chamber. The room had great natural light coming in through the huge dome above.



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A comparison



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Room 2



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Here's the link to our documentary styled video of this historic structure. We cover the building's past, present and future through cinematics and narration:






Thanks for watching :)
 
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krela

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Really lovely building, but one of those that has no alternative use. Shame really.
 

Hugh Jorgan

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Very nice. There seems to be a lot of bidding going on in that B & W picture. I wonder what those wheels were for just in front of the auctioneer.
 

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Very nice. There seems to be a lot of bidding going on in that B & W picture. I wonder what those wheels were for just in front of the auctioneer.


I think fruit barrows were parked beneath that spot and a sample of the load on the barrow was placed onto a platform. The person with the handle turned it and the fruit was raised up from below and into view for the bidders to see - the flat plate being the platform raised into view. That's my guess anyway!
 

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Spot on Sausage - The Auctioneer's assistant would ensure that 'representative' samples were shown to the bidders. The archives are full of tales about dodgy assistants who would sample good fruits, whilst the actual lot was less than pristine!
 
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