On arrival at Liverpool via the M62 there are
few obvious features which differentiate Liverpool from any other
UK city. Wide roads, masses of concrete, newspaper shops, mega stores,
fast food restaurants and the usual littering of local inhabitants
are all features of any UK city. But beneath this somewhat familiar
guise lies a city with a difference, this is a city with a depth
of character which is truly unparalleled 'anywhere' in the world.
Liverpool is a city with passions, virtues and
traditions, but most of all this is a city which bares its history
'and' its scars to all who want to see. Psychologist and philosopher
C.G Jung once described Liverpool as 'the pool of life', and on
further probing there is no mistaking his wisdom. Settlement in
the city dates back to the 1st century, which by 13th century
had developed into a small, but thriving fishing village.
Growth of Liverpool progressed more and more throughout
later centuries, before what is heralded as the Liverpool's greatest
boom period came - the 17th and 18th centuries. During this period
Liverpool was the largest shipping port in the world. It was here
that emigrants to Australia and America departed to form the new
world, while the potato famined Irish arrived.
Today, as a port Liverpool is second only to London
in national importance, and it is the main port for the all major
industry in the north of England. That is why Liverpool owes so
much to its beloved waterways, which although not as busy as times
of late, the remains of once hectic docklands are now at the centre
of some of Liverpool's greatest modern developments.
To see these developments or should I say restored
developments, my advice is to take the famous ferry trip across
the Mersey. It s only then that the overall splendour of the city's
waterfront can be admired.
In one sweep you can take in the Cunard building,
the Royal Liver building, the Albert Dock and the green domed
Port of Liverpool building (also to be added is the forth grace).
Brief history of Liverpool and its surrounding areas, including
how the city was formed and links to more in depth info
Liverpool firsts - an overview of how Liverpool has helped
shape the world we live in
Learn how the natives speak with this list of essential Liverpool
phrases and meanings to boot!
The latest Merseyside related books reviewed and listed
for your convenience. You can also buy online from Amazon.co.uk
Range of maps to view or buy via an online shop - search via
street to find the part of the city you're looking for
Statistics and general information regarding the UK,
Liverpool and Merseyside region. Perfect resource for those
school projects. More coming Soon....
We've been asked for it a million times so here it is.. Mmmmm.
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