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365-243 Liverpool Pier Head At Dusk Panorama

The three graces on the Liverpool mersey waterfront at dusk, after rain showers.

 

These important architectural landmarks are:

 

The Royal Liver Building, built between 1908 and 1911 and designed by Walter Aubrey Thomas. It is a grade I listed building consisting of two clock towers, both crowned by mythical Liver Birds. The building is the headquarters of the Royal Liver Friendly Society. Now Deutsche Bank.

 

The Cunard Building, constructed between 1914 and 1916 and a grade II* listed building. It is the former headquarters of the Cunard Line shipping company.

 

The Port of Liverpool Building, built from 1903 to 1907 and also grade II* listed. It is the former home of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board.

 

Added to this left and right is the new Beatles exhiition and the museum of Liverpool life.

 

Work commenced in 2007 to build a canal link between the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and the South Docks. The £22 million pound 1.6 mile extension to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal was officially opened on 25 March 2009. It opens to boaters at the end of April and links the 127 miles of the existing canal to the city’s South Docks, passing Pier Head and the famous Three Graces. The Pier Head was in this form for the 2008 city of culture celebrations.

 

At first, the Prince's Landing Stage was situated at the Pier Head to serve the trans-Atlantic liner service. There were many stages built during Liverpool's history, the most recent opened in the 1890s and was joined to the neighbouring George's Landing Stage, situated to the south. After further lengthening took place in the early twentieth century, the combined structure originally measured nearly 3,000 feet, almost half a mile. Both were scrapped in 1973, following the termination of trans-Atlantic services from Liverpool.

 

In the three years or so I worked in Liverpool, Pier Head served as a major bus interchange. There was also a very poor Beefeater / Berni Inn pub at the Pier head too, where the Beatles exhibition is today.

 

This image is copyrighted, available for official use only on Alamy here:

www.alamy.com/stock-photo-dusk-panorama-of-the-three-grac...

 

Goldfrapp live in Liverpool www.flickr.com/photos/hotpixuk/3077807669/

 

A pier head joiner www.flickr.com/photos/hotpixuk/4281002771/

 

A dusk shot with similar treatment www.flickr.com/photos/hotpixuk/4259536947/

 

(c) Hotpix / HotpixUK Tony Smith - Hotpix.freeserve.co.uk WDCC 07092182899

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Taken on February 19, 2010