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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Albert Dock Liverpool

Albert Dock on the waterfront in Liverpool is an integral part of the city's UNESCO World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City listing. The Albert Dock complex of docks and warehouses make up the largest single grouping of Grade I listed buildings in Britain.

Albert Dock is named after Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.

Albert Dock Liverpool, England

The history of Albert Dock dates back to 1837 with a plan to load goods directly to warehouses from ships. The warehouses in Albert Dock are built from brick, cast iron and stone, without a wooden frame, making them the first totally fire-proof warehouses in the world.

Albert Dock Liverpool

The main architects behind the design of Albert Dock were Jesse Hartley (1780-1860) and Philip Hardwick (1792-1870), the latter the architect of Birmingham Curzon Street in Birmingham, the oldest railway terminus in the world.

Cargoes of brandy, cotton, hemp, ivory, silk, sugar, tobacco, tea, and wood were unloaded here during the high volume trading period of the British Empire.

Albert Dock Liverpool, England

Post-war, the Albert Dock area went into decline.

Larger ships could not enter the narrow harbour, which was designed for sailing ships, and war damage had destroyed some of the buildings. The disused site was taken over by the government in the 1980's and gradually redeveloped.

New development of the existing buildings included the Liverpool Maritime Museum, the Tate Liverpool, the International Slavery Museum and the Beatles Story. The other spaces on Albert Dock is now occupied by hotels, shops, cafes, various companies and a selection of restaurants.

Albert Dock Liverpool, UK

Albert Dock

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