Galkoff's Butcher Shop

Galkoff's Butcher Shop

P. Galkoff Family Butchers was a Jewish Kosher shop at 29 Pembroke Place, Liverpool. It was built around 1820 originally as a dwelling house and then a hardware shop. Afterwards, it  became a furniture shop, and finally became the Jewish butcher’s shop in 1907.

It was originally built in the middle of a Georgian terrace of five three-storey houses, from numbers 25-33. Percy Galkoff bought the shop at number 29 with a 75 year lease on the property. He was originally situated on Brownlow Hill, and moved to the larger establishment to open his shop in what was then a thriving Jewish community on the London Road area.

The front of the shop is very unique, with green tiles with the name P.Galkoff in gold lettering, and the Hebrew symbol for kosher food, which was built around 1930. The interior of the shop dates back to around 1820 when Liverpool was becoming one of the world’s greatest emigration ports.

It was sold to Liverpool City Council in 1979  and was purchased from the council in 1990 by Rob Ainsworth, the "Liverpool Heritage Warrior", who intended to re-develop it. Unfortunately Rob Ainsworth died in 2012 and the building subsequently was acquired by the School of Tropical Medicine who promised to preserve the frontage. They planned to turn it into a small business, but it never went ahead. The other houses around it were demolished. Galkoff’s was listed Grade II in 2007, but despite this has become more and more derelict as the years have passed, with boarded up windows and saplings growing inside it.

4 comments

  • Comment Link Tamsin Spargo Friday, 17 January 2014 14:56 posted by Tamsin Spargo

    I've often gazed at the Galkoff's tiled sign and wondered about the history of the shop. Thanks for reminding us of what this building has been and it would be lovely if it could be retained as somewhere people can meet..and eat?

  • Comment Link Carolyn Murray Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:33 posted by Carolyn Murray

    Special thanks to Arnold Lewis, Liverpool Jewish Community Archivist for letting us know about Rob Ainsworth's involvement in the history of Galkoff's. What would you like to see happen with this building?

  • Comment Link Harriet Monday, 13 January 2014 21:50 posted by Harriet

    I love the tiling on the butchers. Do you know who created the information boards on it and when they were added?

  • Comment Link Arnold Lewis Sunday, 12 January 2014 20:41 posted by Arnold Lewis

    Nice article but slightly inaccurate regards ownership. The Galkoff property was purchased from the council in 1990 by Rob Ainsworth, the "Liverpool Heritage Warrior", who intended to re-develop it. It was granted Grade ll status by English Heritage in April 2007. Unfortunately Rob Ainsworth died in 2012 and the building subsequently was acquired by the School of Tropical Medicine who have promised to preserve the frontage.

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