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Unveiling Southport’s hidden history: ‘The Lost Street’ comes to life

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Unveiling Southport’s hidden history: ‘The Lost Street’ comes to life
Nevill Street to underpass during the 1860's. Image provided by Southport BID

As you stroll along Nevill Street in Southport, you may not realise the history lying beneath your feet.

In recent years, the mystery of ‘The Lost Street’ has captivated locals, visitors, and historians alike, sparking curiosity about the Victorian era before 1900.

This Spring Bank Holiday weekend, Southport invites you to step back in time and experience the past of Nevill Street through an immersive 3D artwork installation.

Aptly named ‘The Lost Street,’ this interactive event will transport you to a bygone era, reimagining the bustling Victorian streetscape that once thrived in this area.

An example of the artist’s work in Gloucester’s Cathedral Quarter. ©3D Joe and Max
An example of the artist’s work in Gloucester’s Cathedral Quarter. ©3D Joe and Max

Measuring an impressive 6m x 3m, the artwork will be strategically placed on Nevill Street, alongside the statue of Queen Victoria, from 25 – 27 May 25 between 10.00am and 5.00pm.

Visitors are encouraged to engage with the artwork, posing for photos that create the illusion of peering down onto the bustling street below.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Southport BID, and Sefton Council as part of the Southport Townscape Heritage Project, ‘The Lost Street’ promises an enchanting experience for all ages.

Staff and volunteers from the Southport Townscape Heritage Project will be on hand throughout the event, providing fascinating insights into the history of Nevill Street and its historic buildings.

Acclaimed artists 3D Joe and Max were commissioned to bring this captivating vision to life. With an impressive portfolio that includes collaborations with global brands such as Coca-Cola, Disney Pixar, and Google, the duo is renowned for their awe-inspiring street art installations.

An example of the artist’s work in Gloucester’s Cathedral Quarter. ©3D Joe and Max
An example of the artist’s work in Gloucester’s Cathedral Quarter. ©3D Joe and Max

Joe Hill, 3D Joe and Max, said:

“We have created street art all over the world, and these events always generate a lot of excitement. 

“Projects like ‘The Lost Street’, which reveal the hidden histories of our places, are extra special and fascinating to work on.”

Originally, Nevill Street rose up to the Promenade, cutting through sandhills and passing under a bridge to reach the seashore. The space beneath the bridge housed shops and bars, catering to the influx of visitors making their way to the seafront. Now, ‘The Lost Street’ offers a glimpse into the past, celebrating Southport’s heritage in a truly unique way.

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