From here we meandered along the many city centre streets as Chris pointed out numerous points of interest along the way. As well as interestin
Chris is an excellent guide who has clearly spent a lot of time researchin
Happy St George's Day to one and all.
This is the fantastic stained glass window at the South end of the Great Hall of St George's Hall depicting St George slaying the dragon (Pic 1)
This window, along with the the other equally impressive stained glass window at the North end of the hall (Pic 2() were installed in 1883 in celebration of the fact that Queen Victoria made Liverpool a city in 1880....
1) St George slaying the dragon. The Window at the South end of the Great Hall of St George's Hall
2) The Liverpool Coat of Arms. The Window at the North end of the Great Hall of St George's Hall
Dicky Sam, Dicky Mint, Tilly Mint and Scousers
'Dicky Sam' was an old way (from the 19th to the early to mid-20th Century) of referring to someone from Liverpool. From my research, I’ve found that due to the large cultural input that sailors from America brought into the port, the dockers were sometimes called ‘Sons of Sam’, as in Uncle Sam. That changed to Dicky O’Sam (I have no idea who Dicky was!) and that eventually became ‘Dicky Sam. The term was then used to refer to ...anyone from the city.
J A Picton, in his 1873 book, ‘Memorials of Liverpool’ refers to people from the city as ‘Dicky Sams’ (Pic 1) and there was a pub near the Pier Head called the Dicky Sam. Also, Threllfalls, the Liverpool Brewery, brewed a stout with the name (Pic 2)
From ‘Dicky Sam’, we get 'Dicky Mint' as a gentle rib to a young lad who is acting up with ideas above his station (He carries on like he's minted), and then, because we don't want the young lasses left out from the jokingly patronising skits, we get 'Tilly Mint'. I don't know who Tilly was, but if you ever meet her, please ask her how she got her reputation and let me know!
'Scouser' Is now the way in which denizens of Liverpool are referred to, and, indeed, mostly prefer to be referred to. But ‘Scouser’ as a reference to someone from Liverpool only came to common use around 1940. ‘Scouser’ was originally a derogatory term that implied that the person was so poor that they could only afford to eat decent food once a week and for the rest of it ate leftovers boiled up with potatoes. Scouse, as we know, was originally a traditional Scandinavian dish, but it became known for being a stew made from Sunday's leftovers (and a bit of meat too, if you were lucky!) eaten by the poor. We simply took the insult on our broad shoulders, and turned it around to make it our own salutatory description as a two-fingered gesture to those who would try to put us down.
However, you still get some people - especially those of the older generations - taking offence to being called a Scouser, as it implies that that can't afford anything except leftovers to live on.
My grandmother hated the term. If I were to describe myself as being a Scouser, she would tell me in no uncertain terms that our family were better than that – most likely when she was cooking up a massive pan of scouse from Sunday’s leftovers!
1) Excerpt from J A Picton’s book ‘Memorials of Liverpool’ referring to a ‘Dicky Sam’
2) Dicky Sam beer mat from the Liverpool Brewery Threlfalls