View was a large Victorian house with extensive grounds in Litherland
Park. In the late Victorian era, through the First World War and
beyond the house was occupied by the Dimler family - German immigrants.
The head of the house was George Dimler a pork butcher to trade,
whom over the years built up a successful pork butcher business
with many shops in Liverpool and Bootle.
the First World War with the sinking of the Lusitania and the
loss of a great number of lives, which included many Merseysiders
amongst the crew, including Litherland men - rioting broke out
in Liverpool. The rioting quickly spread through the districts
from Scotland Road, along Stanley Road eventually reaching Linacre
Road and down Bridge Road. Many German owned properties and businesses
were attacked, ransacked and looted in Litherland. The police
eventually making a baton charge on Linacre Road to disperse the
rioters and make arrests. During the rioting in Litherland a mob
attacked the Dimler home in Litherland Park causing damage to
of the Dimler family enlisted in the army at Seaforth Barracks
in 1915 - George and Charles Dimler.
following is an extract from the Crosby Herald, with regard
to the attack on the Dimler home.
(I've withheld the name of the offender and his address
from the Crosby Herald 22nd March 1915:
One of the chief sufferers by the rioting was Mr W. Dimler, a
naturalised British Subject, of Litherland Park, whose shops in
Liverpool and Bootle were entirely smashed. When news came that
the disorder was spreading on Monday, Mrs Dimler and her household
left the residence early on Monday evening. It was as well for
them that they did, for later at night the mob paid a visit to
the premises, and finding the house deserted and locked up commenced
to demolish everything they could. The windows were smashed, and
considerable damage was done at the rear of the house. Detective
Inspector Fyles and P.C. Mason were called to the place, and despite
the hostile attitude of the crowd they succeeded in arresting
a man named C. N. of Seaforth, who is alleged to have attempted
to set fire to the house by lighting a bundle of rags in one of
the back rooms the window of which had been broken. Another rioter
was also seized by the police, but the attitude of the crowd was
so threatening, and their resistance so determined, that the man
was able to get away from his captors.
man whose arrest is recorded above came before the Bench at the
County Magistrates Court the following day. C. N., who lodges
in Seaforth, was charged with attempting to set fire to a dwelling-house
in Litherland Park, the property of Mrs Dimler.