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Liverpool Central Docks

Photographs John Luxton 2000 - 2005

January 01, 2000

The photographs on this page were taken around four to five years apart.

Those on the left were taken on January 01, 2000 just  a month before the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company announced a major 200 million development project to redevelop the area for residential, recreational and business use in partnership with other developers. The redevelopment it was claimed  would be sympathetic to existing structures, many of which will be restored and put to other uses. The time scale for the development work was given at around 5 years.

However, five years the development has yet to start little has changed beyond the increasing state of decay of some of the structures, in particular the Stanley Dock North Warehouses.


2004 / 2005

The massive granite walls surrounding many of the docks were typical of Dock engineer  Jesse Hartley's designs. Viewed from the lift bridge which links Collingwood Dock [foreground] to Stanley Dock can be seen the famous six-sided Victoria Clock at the long sealed Salisbury Dock river entranceThe six sided Victoria Clock Tower just cries out for restoration. This, and the next four photographs were taken on August 07, 2004. When the demolition men removed the Scherzer Lift Bridge which was situated at Salisbury Dock, the left behind the gates which protected the roadway when the bridge was in the open position
Stanley Dock north warehouses.  The warehouses are of  similar design to those at The Albert Dock and Wapping Dock,. Stanley Dock was a transhipment point for traffic heading up the Leeds and Liverpool canal. In the previous picture, the opening for narrow boats can just be seen.

The winter morning sun shines through the girders of the last remaining Scherzer Lift Bridge on the Liverpool side of the River. The bridge links Collingwood Dock with Stanley Dock.

The mooring bollard must have held the ropes to many hundreds of ships over the years, now it only sees the use by pleasure boats.The massive bulk of the Stanley Tobacco Warehouses can be seen. Reputedly the largest brick constructed building in the world. It can be seen how it was built in front of the Stanley Dock South Warehouses - right of photograph.
Regent Road, more examples of the massive walls constructed to improve dock security. Full of architectural merit they have gate "turrets" inspired by castles. Stanley Dock south warehouse. The world's largest warehouse. Already in the hands of a property company the ground floor is operated as a Sunday Market. Unfortunately very low ceilings in the building's upper floors have so far prevented reuse. Though a solution is expected to be foundThe autumn sun warms the illuminates and warms the bricks of the old warehouses on November 19, 2005.

How much longer will it be before work starts to prevent these impressive buildings from falling into further decay?



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