Liverpool Waterfront: World Heritage Site

You may not realise that the Liverpool waterfront is in fact a World Heritage site?

Such is the historical importance of the port of Liverpool that it is listed here on the UNESCO site.

The reasons cited for the inclusion of Liverpool the Mercantile City include:

  • one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire
  • major port for the mass movement of people, e.g. slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America
  • a pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems and port management
Much has been spoken about the Port of Liverpools central involvement in the slave trade – and this is rightly referenced in the listing. The UNESCO listing goes on to say:
Liverpool is an outstanding example of a world mercantile port city, which represents the early development of global trading and cultural connections throughout the British Empire

Note that the magnificent St George’s Plateau is part of Liverpool’s World Heritage sites entry. You’ll find some photos of the Liverpool sites here.

One thought on “Liverpool Waterfront: World Heritage Site”

  1. While the waterfront looks just as it did when I was a child the same cannot be said for the actual landing stage. I emigrated to Australia at nineteen and have fond memories of my brother and I eating our packed lunches watching the ferries come and go a mid the hustle and bustle.
    Later when I was sixteen I would buy myself a cup of tea and some toast while waiting for the ferry to take me to Birkenhead, the fare was threepence. Imagine my shock ,years later when I saw the desecration, because that’s how I saw it, of the beautiful landing stage replaced with a souless synthetic aluminium monstrosity. No attempt had been made at anything close to replication( and yes it can be done) what a loss, who ever sanctioned this construction should hang their head(s) in shame.

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