Liverpool is a major city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside,
England, along the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary. Built across a ridge of
hills rising up to a height of around 230 feet (70 metres) above sea-level at
Everton Hill, the city's urban area runs directly into Bootle and Crosby in
Sefton to the north, and Huyton and Prescot in Knowsley to the east. It faces
Wallasey and Birkenhead across the River Mersey to the west.
governed by one of five councils within the Metropolitan county of Merseyside,
and is one of England's core cities and its fifth most populous - 441,477 in
2002, with 816,000 in the Liverpool Urban Area, which includes suburbs on the
Liverpool side of the Mersey but not those on the Wirral. Inhabitants of
Liverpool are referred to as Liverpudlians and nicknamed "Scousers", in
reference to the local meal known as 'scouse', a form of stew. The word scouse
has also become synonymous with the Liverpool accent and dialect.
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In the late 19th century, Liverpool reached the zenith of its power and was
the "second Port of the Empire", It controlled one seventh of all the world's
shipping and handled more goods than any British city outside London.
Liverpool in the late Nineteenth century and early Twentieth century was thought
of as a 'world city', rather than British provincial. During the late 20th
century, towards the 1980's, the decline of the Port of Liverpool as a source of
employment and the later contraction of manufacturing industry in the city
region badly affected the city's economy. However, the city's economy has grown
strongly and faster than the national average since the mid nineties.
The city has been undergoing a general economic and civic revival since then,
which was kick started by the regeneration of the city's Queen's Square. In
2007, the city will be celebrating its 800th anniversary, and in 2008, will hold
the European Capital of Culture title. In 2004 Liverpool was declared as a
UNESCO World Heritage site. As part of the ongoing regeneration in the city the
developers Grosvenor are constructing the 'Paradise Project' (PSDA), which is
the largest retail-led regeneration project in Europe. The Construction of a new
cruise liner terminal at the Pier Head, will allow the world's largest vessels
to visit the city, which the QE2 intends to do as part of Liverpool's birthday
celebrations at the end of this year.
King John's letters patent of 1207 announced the foundation of the borough of
Liverpool and by the middle of the 16th century the population was still only
around 500. In the 17th century there was slow progress in trade and population
growth. A number of battles for the town were waged during the English Civil
War, including an eighteen-day siege in 1644. In 1699 Liverpool was made a
parish by Act of Parliament, that same year its first slave ship, Liverpool
Merchant, set sail for Africa. As trade from the West Indies surpassed that of
Ireland and Europe, Liverpool began to grow. The first wet dock in Britain was
built in Liverpool in 1715. Substantial profits from the slave trade helped the
town to prosper and rapidly grow. By close of the century Liverpool controlled
over 41% of European and 80% of Britain's slave commerce.
Memories of Liverpool
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Time Machine Wanted
I lived in number 10 Cornwall street, and my
grandma Jenkins in number 5 Clifton street, what I wouldn't give to have a time
machine to go back, she would give us a halfpenny and a jam butty to scrub her
step, me ma would send us with an old pram down Juvenal street to buy some penny
coal bricks, we didn't have running hot water or electric light, there was me
mar and dar and five children in one bed room, and army blankets on the bed and
me dars great coat over them we didn't have much, and paddys market to watch all
the ladies with bundles of clothes on the cobbled ground and the barrow women
selling fruit and veg you couldn't get bananas, didn't even know what one of
those were till early 50s, ahhhh Liverpool what a City many memories, still wish
I had a time machine.
I was born & bred in great homer street b 1940, lived n arkwright street untl
1957, wish I could turn back time, great days.
I was born 1937 in a cottage inside the grounds of Huyton Collage. My father was
employed by Colonel Bates. One weekend my parents took me to visit my
grandparents in Wavertree the cottage took a direct hit with a stray bomb. We
were the lucky ones. Hazel
At school for a school trip we went to the old dock to see how it looked and
they split us into group and I and my friends where the first public people to
go down there!
The dancing waters were in the grotto at Blacklers. My Auntie Sahra took us
after watching Hard Days night the fab four I think that was for her to see !!!
I've lived in a few place's Monaco included but you go a long way to beat
|I was born in Liverpool in
1932 in Park Lane, went thro' the Liverpool Blitz in 1940/41. We
came back from the Cathedral shelter one morning and our home
and restaurant was destroyed. So I ended up in Glasgow and have
now lost my Scouse accent. But I am proud of Liverpool, her
ships and maritime history, The Beatles and the spirit of the
Liverpudlian and their humour. Even Hitler and his Irish lived
in Upper Stanhope Street (and so did his half brother Adolf)
whose Luftwaffe was bombing us to hell when we sheltered with a
family in the same street. The kettle on the fire hissed during
a raid and we all dived under the kitchen table - thought it was
a incendiary bomb coming down the chimney - cocoa was late that
night ! - I wish I could trace the younger ones and their folk
if they are still alive. - Regards, Ron Deen
|I grew up in Llandudno, N Wales. My Dad was a
bus conductor and used to do the Liverpool shift on a Saturday
once a month. On many occasions I went with him when I was
between 6 and 10 ('68 -'72). He had 6 hours off before
returning. We'd first go for lunch (or dinner as we called it)
either in the restaurant at the top of Lewis's (sausage, beans
and chips) or for a salad in the cafe beneath the Wigwam (not
there now). The Christmas trips where the best cos of all the
Grottos in Lewis's, Blacklers, TJ Hughes, etc. - also The
Dancing Waters - where was that? We'd get back to the old
Edge Lane bus station by about 5pm. I'd be left on the bus with
whatever toy my Dad had got me while he went for a drink (or
something) with the Liverpool bus drivers and conductors. I
loved Liverpool and been back for various reasons over the years
(I now live in London) but those early years were magical. Does
anyone know of any sites or books with loads of 60's/70's pics
of Liverpool? To all Scousers - my heart is with you. Always.
|The 'dancing waters' were
in T.J. Hughes' grotto in the sixties. T.D. Walton, Liverpool
|Thanks for your memories, I think the Dancing
Waters where down near the Pier Head at the end of Church
Street, not sure if they are there anymore because the area has
all been redeveloped. My bothers and I went to the Lewis's
grotto at Christmas as well ! There are lots of books on
Liverpool from Amazon.co.uk. I just chose one at random that
might be of interest. Cheers
By the start of the nineteenth century, 40% of the world's trade was passing
through Liverpool and the construction of many major buildings reflected this
wealth. In 1830, Liverpool (along with Manchester) became the first city to have
an intercity rail link, through the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. The
population continued to rise rapidly, especially during the 1840s when the Irish
began arriving by the thousands due to the Great Famine. By 1851, approximately
25% of the city was Irish-born. During the first part of the 20th century,
Liverpool was pulling in emigrants from across Europe. During World War II there
were 80 air-raids on Merseyside, killing 2500 people and causing damage to
almost half the homes in the metropolitan area. Since 1952 Liverpool has been
twinned with Cologne, Germany, a city that shared the horrifying experience of
excessive aerial bombing. Significant rebuilding followed the war, including
massive housing estates and the Seaforth Dock, the largest dock project in
The population of Liverpool peaked in the 1931 census, which reported 855,688
inhabitants. This had declined to 610,114 by 1961, and further to 439,476 in the
In the 1960s Liverpool became a centre of youth culture. The "Merseybeat"
sound which became synonymous with The Beatles and fellow Liverpudlian pop bands
of the era catapulted the city to the front of the popular music scene. From the
mid-1970s onwards Liverpool's docks and traditional manufacturing industries
went into sharp decline. The advent of containerization meant that Liverpool's
docks became largely obsolete. In the early 1980s unemployment rates in
Liverpool were amongst the highest in the UK. In recent years, Liverpool's
economy has recovered and has experienced growth rates higher than the national
average since the mid-nineties.
In 1974, Liverpool became a metropolitan district within the newly created
metropolitan county of Merseyside, it had previously been in Lancashire. At the
end of the century Liverpool was concentrating on regeneration which still
continues today, with the city winning the accolade of European Capital of
Culture for 2008. Capitalising on the popularity of the 1960s pop group The
Beatles and other groups of the Merseybeat era, tourism has also become a
significant factor in Liverpool's economy.
In 2004, property developer Grosvenor started the Paradise Project, a £920m
development centred on Paradise Street, which will involve the most significant
changes to Liverpool's city centre since the post-war reconstruction.
Liverpool is internationally known as a cultural centre, with a particularly
rich history in popular music, performing and visual arts.
During the late 1960s, the city also became well known for the Liverpool
poets, of whom Roger McGough and the late Adrian Henri are among the best known.
The anthology The Mersey Sound, by Henri, McGough and Brian Patten, has
sold over 500,000 copies since first being published in 1967. In 2003, Liverpool
was named European Capital of Culture for 2008. A series of cultural events
during 2004-9 is planned, peaking in 2008.
A flourishing orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performs
in its own home, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and Liverpool has a strong
history of performing arts which is reflected in the number of theatres in the
- Liverpool Playhouse
- Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
- Royal Court
Several of the city's theatres have successful theatre companies, including
the Everyman & Liverpool Playhouse
and the Unity Theatre.
Liverpool has a vibrant artistic life. Several pre-Raphaelites are among the
important paintings in the Walker Art Gallery. Sudley House contains another
major collection of pre 20th century art.
The Tate Liverpool gallery houses the modern art collection of the Tate in the
north of England. The FACT centre hosts touring multimedia exhibitions.
The Liverpool Biennial is
a festival of arts held (as the name implies) every two years. The festival
generally runs from mid September to late November and comprises three main
sections; the International, The Independents and New Contemporaries although
many fringe events are timed to coincide. It was during this event in 2004 that
Yoko Ono's work "My mother is beautiful" caused widespread public protest by
exhibiting photographs of a naked woman's pubic area on the main shopping
street. Despite protests the work remained in place.
The 2006 Biennial ran until mid November, exhibitions could be found dotted
around Liverpool City centre and included such things as the lions in front of
St. Georges Hall being caged, and St. Lukes Church being filled with upturned
Liverpool has two Premier League football clubs: Liverpool F.C. at Anfield
and Everton F.C. at Goodison Park. Both teams have enjoyed a considerable amount
of success, with Liverpool having won a record 18 League titles,The European Cup
five times and the FA Cup seven times whilst Everton, who have been present in
the top professional league longer than any other club, having won nine league
titles, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup once and the FA Cup five times. There has
never been a season in which at least one of the two teams was not in England's
top division. During the 1980s both Clubs enjoyed huge success dominating both
the league and cup competitions in England and Europe. Highlights of this period
were the FA Cup finals of 1986 and 1989 involving both clubs. The relation
between the fans of the two teams is generally very good in comparison to some
other teams located in big cities.
County cricket is occasionally played in Liverpool, with Lancashire County
Cricket Club typically playing one match every year at Liverpool Cricket Club,
Aintree Racecourse to the north of Liverpool in the adjacent borough of
Sefton is home to the famous steeplechase, the Grand National. One of the most
famous events in the international horse racing calendar, it is held over a
number of days in early April of each year. In addition to horse-racing, Aintree
has also hosted motor racing, including the British Grand Prix in the 1950s and
Liverpool Harriers, who meet at Wavertree Athletics Centre, are one of five
athletic clubs. Liverpool has a long history of boxing that has produced John
Conteh, Alan Rudkin and Paul Hodkinson and hosts high level amateur boxing
events. Park Road Gymnastics Centre provides training to a high level. The City
of Liverpool Swimming Club has been National Speedo League Champions 8 out of
the last 11 years. Liverpool Tennis Development Programme based at Wavertree
Tennis Centre is one of the largest in the UK.
Liverpool is also home to the Red Triangle Karate Club, which provided many of
the 1990 squad that won the World Shotokan Championships in Sunderland.
Luminaries include Sensei Keinosuke Enoeda, Sensei Frank Brennan, Sensei Andy
Sherry and Sensei Terry O'Neill, who is also famous for various acting roles.
Rugby league is played at amateur and student level within the city - the
last professional team bearing the city's name was Liverpool City, which folded
in the 1960s.
Liverpool contains over 2,500 listed buildings (of which 26 are Grade I
listed and 85 are Grade II* listed). It is the inheritance of high-minded public
spirit since the late 18th century, largely with Dissenter impetus, resulting in
more public sculpture than in any UK city aside from Westminster, more listed
buildings than any city apart from London and, surprisingly, more Georgian
houses than the city of Bath. Many well-known architects are represented in
Liverpool, including Peter Ellis, Harvey Lonsdale Elmes, John Foster, Sir Giles
Gilbert Scott, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Frederick Gibberd.
In 2004 Liverpool's waterfront was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site,
reflecting the city's importance in the development of the world's trading
system and dock technology.
The docks are central to Liverpool's history, with arguably the best-known
being Albert Dock: the first enclosed, non-combustible dock warehouse system in
the world and the first structure in Britain to be built entirely of cast iron,
brick and stone, designed by Jesse Hartley. Restored in the 1980s, the Albert
Dock is the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in Britain. Part of
the old dock complex is now the home to the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum
of Liverpool Life and the Tate Liverpool. Other relics of the dock system
include the Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse, which at the time of its
construction in 1901, was the world's largest building in terms of area.
The Pier Head is arguably the most famous image of Liverpool, the location of
the Three Graces (a fairly recent phrase), three of Liverpool's most
recognisable buildings. The first is the Royal Liver Building, built in the
early 1900s and surmounted by two bronze domes with a Liver Bird (the symbol of
Liverpool) on each. The second is the Cunard Building, the headquarters of the
former Cunard shipping company. The third is the Port of Liverpool Building, the
home of the former Mersey Docks and Harbour Board which regulated the city's
In front of these buildings at the waters edge are the memorials to the men
of the merchant navy who sailed out of the port during both World Wars.
Memorials to the British mariners, Norwegian, Dutch and to the many thousands of
Chinese seamen who manned Britain's ships cluster together here. Perhaps most
interesting is the Chinese memorial to the men forcibly deported from the city
after World War Two and to the families they left behind.
Places of worship
The thousands of migrants and sailors passing through Liverpool resulted in a
religious diversity that is still apparent today. This is reflected in the
equally diverse collection of religious buildings, and two Christian cathedrals.
The parish church of Liverpool is the Anglican Our Lady and St Nicholas,
colloquially known as "the sailors church", which has existed near the
waterfront since 1257. It regularly hosts to Catholic masses. Other notable
churches include the Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicholas (built in the
Byzantine style), and the Gustav Adolfus Kyrka (the Swedish Seamen's Church,
reminiscent of Nordic styles).
Liverpool's wealth as a port city enabled the construction of two enormous
cathedrals, both dating from the 20th century. The Anglican Cathedral, designed
by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, has one of the longest naves, largest organs and
heaviest and highest peals of bells in the world. The Roman Catholic
Metropolitan Cathedral was initially planned to be even larger; of Sir Edwin
Lutyens' design, only the crypt was completed. The cathedral was eventually
built to a simpler design by Sir Frederick Gibberd; while this is on a smaller
scale than Lutyens' original design, it still manages to incorporate the largest
panel of stained glass in the world. Appropriately enough, the road running
between the two cathedrals is called Hope Street.
Liverpool has a number of synagogues, of which the Grade II* listed
Moorish-revival Princes Road Synagogue is perhaps most notable. Liverpool has a
thriving Jewish community.
The city had one of the earliest mosques in Britain, founded in 1887 by
William Abdullah Quilliam, a lawyer who had converted to Islam. Currently the
main mosque in Liverpool is the Al-Rahma mosque.
Other notable buildings
The area around William Brown Street has been labeled the city's 'Cultural
Quarter', owing to the presence of the William Brown Library, Walker Art Gallery
and World Museum Liverpool, just three of Liverpool's many neo-classical
buildings. Nearby is St George's Hall, perhaps the most impressive of these
neo-classical buildings, was built to serve both as a concert hall and as the
city's law courts. Also in this area are Wellington's Column and the Steble
Liverpool's Town Hall dates from 1754 and has a beautifully-designed
The term Red Brick University, applied to many British universities
dating from a similar period, was inspired by the University of Liverpool's
Victoria Building, noted for its clock tower.
Some of Liverpool's landmarks are better known for their oddness rather than
for their role. Williamson's tunnels are architecturally unique as being the
largest underground folly in the world. The Philharmonic Dining Rooms are
noteworthy for their ornate Victorian toilets, which have become a tourist
attraction in their own right.
In Liverpool primary and secondary education is available in various forms
supported by the state include secular, Church of England, Jewish, and Roman
Catholic. Islamic education is available at primary level, but there is
currently no secondary provision.
One of Liverpool's important early schools was The Liverpool Blue Coat
School; founded in 1708 as a charitable school, it continues today. The
Belvedere School is one of the leading private schools in the city, along with
Liverpool College founded
in 1840 and Merchant Taylors' School. Another of Liverpool's notable senior
schools is St. Edward's College, a former private high school located in West
Derby. Historic grammar schools, such as the Liverpool Institute High School &
Liverpool Collegiate, closed in the 1980s are still remembered as centres of
Liverpool has three universities, the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope
University and Liverpool John Moores University. Edge Hill University,
originally founded as a teacher-training college in the Edge Hill district of
Liverpool, is now located in Ormskirk in South-West Lancashire.
The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, founded to address some of the
problems created by trade, continues today as a post-graduate school in the
University of Liverpool and is one of only two institutions internationally that
house the de facto standard anti-venom repository.
Liverpool Hope University, founded in 1844, is situated on both sides of Taggart
Avenue in Childwall and a second Campus in the City Centre (The Cornerstone).
Hope is quickly making a name for itself within the Liberal Arts, the University
has also enjoyed many successes in terms of high graduate employability, campus
development, and a substantial increase in student applications from outside of
Liverpool John Moores University was previously a polytechnic, and gained
university status in 1992. It is named in honour of Sir John Moores, one of the
founders of the Littlewoods football pools and retail group, who was a major
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts was set up by (Sir) Paul
McCartney in 1996, to train artistes and technicians. It is situated in the
building which formerly housed the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys and
is affiliated with Liverpool John Moores University. Recently, LIPA has been
awarded the ability to issue its own degrees, and is moving towards becoming an
independent higher education instution.
The city has one further education college, Liverpool Community College. The
college will recruit around 21,000 students in the academic year 2006/07.
There are two "Jewish" schools is Liverpool, both belonging the King David
Foundation. King David School, Liverpool is the High School, located on
Childwall Road, close to Childwall Comprehensive and Childwall Fiveways. The
King David Primary School is found at Beauclair Drive.
There are three tunnels under the River Mersey: one railway tunnel, the
Mersey Railway Tunnel; and two road tunnels, Queensway Tunnel and Kingsway
The Mersey Ferry continues to provide an important link between Liverpool and
the Wirral, as well as a tourist attraction. Made famous by the song Ferry
Cross the Mersey by Gerry and the Pacemakers, the song is now played on the
ferryboats themselves every time they prepare to dock at Liverpool after a
The Mersey is crossed upstream from Liverpool at Runcorn and Widnes, by the
Silver Jubilee Bridge (usually known simply as the "Runcorn Bridge") and the
Runcorn Railway Bridge.
The Leeds Liverpool Canal
Built between 1770 and 1816 the Leeds and Liverpool Canal links Liverpool and
the Mersey to Leeds and the River Aire. Its terminus has been at Old Hall
Street, Pall Mall, Chisenhale Street and is now at Eldonian Village. There are
plans to extend the canal through the docks to Liverpools marina.
Opened in the 1930's, in 2001, Liverpool Airport, near Speke in the south of
the city, was renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport, in honour of the late
Beatle John Lennon. The airport's logo consists of a sketch that John Lennon had
drawn of himself, and the words "Above us only sky", lyrics from his song
Imagine. The sensitivity surrounding the airport's name change meant that
the logo had to be designed in secret by Robin Maryon and Dougal Paver before it
could be unveiled by John Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono. The airport was the starting
point for many Beatles tours in the sixties, and image of the boys boarding
planes there were seen throughout the world. In 2006 the airport handled nearly
5m passengers and now serves 62 destinations, including Amsterdam, Barcelona,
Paris, Madrid, Rome and London. New York and Toronto will be served from spring
In 2002 716,000 passengers used the Port of Liverpool, with the Isle of Man
and Ireland being the two most important passenger routes.
Liverpool is served by the Merseyrail urban rail network. The sections in the
city centre are mostly underground. It has three lines: the Northern Line, which
runs to Southport, Ormskirk, Kirkby and Hunts Cross, the Wirral Line, which runs
through the Mersey Railway Tunnel and has branches to New Brighton, West Kirby,
Chester and Ellesmere Port and the City Line, only from Lime Street, for St
Helens,Wigan, Warrington and Manchester.
The city's main railway station for longer-distance services is Lime Street
station. Trains operate to destinations including London, Birmingham,
Manchester, Preston, Leeds, Scarborough, Sheffield, Nottingham and Norwich. Full
timetable details can be found at the Trainline
Liverpool had been home to the first electrically powered overhead railway in
the world. Known as the Liverpool Overhead Railway or (Dockers Umbrella) it
opened on February 4, 1893 with an eventual total of 14 stations. The line
suffered extensive damages during the second world war and was eventually closed
down on December 30, 1956 with considerable protest. The tunnel portal is one of
the few surviving signs of the railway's existence as all iron bridges were
removed for scrap.
Long distance coach services arrive at and depart from the Norton Street
Coach Station. Local buses serve the whole of the city and its surrounding
Historically, Liverpool had an extensive tram network; however, this was
dismantled in the 1950s. From 1893 to 1956, the Liverpool docks were served by
the Liverpool Overhead Railway. A number of other railway lines, such as the
Canada Dock Branch from Edge Hill to Kirkdale, no longer see passenger services,
or have been removed completely, such as the North Liverpool Extension Line.
In 2001 a plan to build new a light rail system, Merseytram, was developed.
After central government insisted on additional guarantees prior to the release
of previously committed funds, it was cancelled in November 2005. However, it is
to be included in the transport plan from 2006-2011, as it is deemed to be an
important part of Liverpool's development.
A great many famous names have been associated with Liverpool
Liverpool has also played a large part in UK (and sometimes world) Pop Music
culture since the 1960s. For a list of some noteworthy groups from the area,
consult the list of famous bands from Liverpool.
The Wall of Fame is located opposite the famous Cavern Club, where every
brick is engraved with the name of a Liverpool band that has managed to break
into the UK music charts.
The ITV region which covers Liverpool is ITV Granada. In 2006, the Television
company opened a new newsroom in the Royal Liver Building. Granada's regional
news broadcasts were produced at the Albert Dock News Centre during the 1980s
and 1990s. The BBC
also opened a new newsroom on Hanover Street in 2006. But with both broadcasters
based in Manchester, the arrangement is sometimes controversial, with Manchester's perceived influence over the region's
ITV's daily magazine programme This Morning was famously broadcast
from studios at Albert Dock until 1996, when production was moved to London.
Granada's short-lived shopping channel "Shop!" was also produced in Liverpool
until it was axed in 2002.
Liverpool is the home of the TV production company Mersey Television which
formerly produced the now-defunct soap opera, Brookside, and currently produces
Hollyoaks for Channel 4 and Grange Hill for the BBC. Mersey Television is owned
The city fares better with regards to other media. The city has two daily
newspapers: the morning Daily Post and the evening Echo, both published by the
same company, the Trinity Mirror group. The Daily Post, especially, serves a
wider area, including north Wales. One weekly online newspaper called Southport
Reporter. Radio stations include BBC Radio Merseyside, Juice FM and Radio City
as well as Magic 1548. The last two are both based in St. John's Beacon which,
along with the two cathedrals, dominates the city's skyline. The independent
media organisation Indymedia also covers Liverpool, while 'Nerve' magazine
publishes articles and reviews of cultural events. Also an online radio station
called Liverpool Reporter.
Liverpool has also featured in many films; see List of films set in Liverpool
for some of them.
This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Liverpool at
current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by the Office for National
Statistics with figures in millions of pounds sterling.
||Regional Gross Value Added
The economy of Liverpool is beginning to recover from its long, post-World
War II decline. Between 1995 and 2001 GVA per head grew at 6.3% annum. This
compared with 5.8% for inner London and 5.7% for Bristol. The rate of job growth
was 9.2% compared with a national average of 4.9% for the same period,
1998-2002. However, Liverpool is still comparatively poor; a 2001 report by CACI
showed that Liverpool still had four of the ten poorest postcode districts in
Like the rest of the United Kingdom the city has seen a large growth in the
service sector, both public and private. Government offices include parts of the
National Health Service and Home Office agencies such as the Criminal Records
Bureau and the Identity and Passport Service, formerly the UK Passport Agency.
Private sector service industries have invested in Liverpool too with several
major call centres opening of late. The activities of the port have left the
site with a communications infrastructure that had for a long time exceeded
Growth in the areas of New Media has been helped by the existence of a
relatively large computer game development community. Sony based one of only a
handful of European PlayStation research and development centres in Wavertree,
after buying out noted software publisher Psygnosis. Indeed, according to a 2006
issue of industry magazine 'Edge' (issue 162), the first professional quality
PlayStation software developer's kits were largely programmed by Sony's
Liverpool 'studio' — the console has since become one of the World's most
successful consumer products ever.
Tourism is a major factor in the economy and will be of increasing importance
in the run up to the Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture. This has
led to a great increase in the provision of high quality services such as
hotels, restaurants and clubs. The buildings of Liverpool not only attract
tourists but also film makers, who regularly use Liverpool to double for many
cities around the worlds and making it the second most filmed city in the UK.
Liverpool participates in international town twinning schemes to foster good
international relations. Partners include:
- - Cologne (German: Köln), Germany
- - Corinto, Nicaragua
- - Dublin, Ireland
- - Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia
- - Odessa, Ukraine
- - Rotterdam, Netherlands
- - Shanghai, People's Republic of China
- In a competition organised by the conservation charity Plantlife in 2002,
the sea-holly was nominated as Liverpool's county flower.
- Alois Hitler, Jr. the half-brother of Adolf Hitler lived in the city, was
married, and had a child. There is a rumour that Adolf visited Liverpool in 1911
before the outbreak of World War I, and that he drank in the Poste House pub on
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I am a scouse from Garston and my wife is from speke. We moved to Canada in 1973
and we love it but really do miss Liverpool. its as though something is not
I was on the busses in Speke and Edge Lane.... Happy days.
"You can leave Liverpool, but Liverpool never leaves you" I'm in USA and go back
to visit my beloved Liverpool as often as possible. I loved Stanley Park. I
attended Anfield Rd Primary school during WW2. Wish I could find my childhood
friend off Thirmere Rd, (AROUND CONISTON ST)..EH
liverpool is the best place to be,
shopping is amazing, everyone is so kind
thank you for the good facts on this website! thanks loads.
it is a super city
Liverpool will always be a great city and not because I was born there. I feel
it has lost its character that it had through to the middle of the 60s
I am an ex-pat living in Sydney Australia. I am now a citizen but my heart and
soul will always belong to Liverpool. Am taking a walk down memory lane at the
moment but find that my schools Florence Melley Primary and Stanley Park
Comprehensive bear no resemblance to the old days or don't exist anymore. Did
Google earth to find my old house in Peploe Road, Walton. Will keep looking.
Liverpool is fantastic one of the best in the world it's historical places
football teams and who can forget the accent. No wonder it was capital of
culture in 2008. The Liverpool docks are amazing every time I visit here I come
by boat, It reminds me of a scouse new york.
proud to say im scouse - ~Dom
does anyone remember notre dame school in maryland st liverpool, have tried to
find it on the internet and can't help
I'm from huyton and the other day me and my friends were talking about the
60s/70s there was a brickyard on wilson rd huyton that had its chimney
demolished and everyone stood and watched but none of us can remember the year
can anybody help, the brickyard was called tushingham bros thanx eric
Having been in Liverpool for the first time in my life, me and my wife at once
fell in love with the city. We now know, that Liverpool is much more than the
Beatles. And - we subsequently have to apologize for all the harm our (German)
ancestors have done to the people who live(d) here.
Apart from all the other attractions of the city we'd like to point to the
Williamson Tunnels in Smithdown Lane, Edge Hill. Our visit there was very
Regards from Germany - D & G
Photo - A cormorant in the
foggy dawn near Albert Dock, Liverpool.
scouser and proudddd
woop woop liverpool fc ROCK woop woop
Exiled scouser am I, missing jiggers scuffers bizzies judys. Judies most
of all for no others meet just how spirited Liverpool girls are. Given a key to
turn back time I would gladly turn it very fast
I LOVE the Beatles, I'm so glad they come from Liverpool!
I love Liverpool! My mums family is from Liverpool and I lived
there and have many great memories and friends from those days. Going back this
HI, I´m an ex.pat and scouser, live now not far from Cologne, can
anyone tell me why one cannot fly direct from L´pool to Köln any more? Up to
last year there were regular flights and this year when L´pool is the European
Cultural City, it's no longer possible. It I can't understand how this was
allowed to happen. Incidentally, in a little village not far from my town there
is a Beatles Museum that has more memorabilia than the Cavern, it includes
stairs built as replica of the (old) cavern stairs. Come and see it.
SCOUSER AND PROUD
i want to go to liverpool lol
I'm excited to visit next summer
I used to say that happiness was Liverpool in a
rear view mirror. Now that the Derek Hatton has gone and is no longer a threat
to this great city I am in a mind to return. - Regards - R
I was born and raised in Liverpool
till we immigrated to Canada in 1956,have been back once, plan to
return again soon. We still have lots of family in St.Helen's. I am
doing a family tree and would like to know were to find records of
families. I'm a great Liverpool football fan. Malcolm G,Whitewood,
could try this link
Liverpool City Council Family History
LIVERPOOL IS A GREAT CITY AND HAS CONTRIBUTED A
LOT OF GREAT PEOPLE TO THE WORLD MOST NOTABLY THE BEATLES
i think Liverpool is a great place to be.
I am researching my family history and hopefully visit England next year. I
have alot of family from Liverpool. (moved to Australia). I have been trying to
search for "Ganecott" Park Lane, looks like Aintree, Liverpool.
I have been trying to search the internet for this address but so far not been
able to locate. We are trying to set our itinerary to include areas where the
family originated. eg. Everton, West Derby, Scotland Ward area (Birtle
Close/Great Nelson St), Seaforth, Litherland.
Looking forward to the visit. I am also interested to hear the accent.
Any information appreciated.
MarLz from Down Under
I have never been lucky enough to visit
Liverpool and probably never will be able to visit, but with your website I was
able to visit and tour and enjoy the sites I long to see. Thank you for a
wonderful tour of Liverpool. Katie C, Middletown, NJ USA