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10, Jan 2020

Historical Relevance of Liverpool


Liverpool, the meeting of the Irish Sea and River Mersey, is one city that boasts of unrelenting and validated maritime history that dates back to over 800 years. While the city derived its name in 1190 from a word called Liverpool that signifies a muddy creek, the not so inspiring original name was changed multiple times during the course of the history.

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Name Derivations and More



This city witnessed multiple spellings and name combinations before zeroing in on ‘Liverpool’. While the creek inspired Pool was persisted with, the prefix Liver was largely debated as historians started drawing diverse speculations regarding the same. However, the most fitting analogies include slow flowing stream, growth of liverwort weeds, and the mythical liver.

Liverpool Origins



It all started way back in 1207 when the King John patented the borough establishment of the then ‘Livpul’. This was immediately followed by the creation of the Liverpool Castle in 1235 which was later done away with in 1726 for accommodating the Victoria Monument. Moreover, the city, initially only had seven streets named Moor Street which is now the Tithebarn Street, Bank or the Water Street, Castle Street, Dale Street, Chapel Street, Whitecare or the Old hall street, and the Juggler or High Street. Apart from that, it was in 1715 when the first wet dock pertaining to this city was established on the River Mersey.

The 1800s, however, saw the city’s architectural triumph with most of the major structures erected during this era. The most prominent ones include The Congregational, Lime Street Station, and the St. George’s Hall. Moreover, in 1846 the Albert Dock was constructed which was closely followed by the 30 James Street which was previously known as the Albion House. Another aspect that stands out is the first intercity railway link that showed up between the cities of Liverpool and Manchester.

The Struggle



Liverpool experienced endless struggle for a few years since the Second World War in 1940. The relentless Blitz was characterized by more than 80 air strikes which were devastating to the locals and the associated homes. When the German bombings stopped, already 2700 Liverpudlians were dead. After this spell of attacks, Liverpool struggled as the manufacturing stopped. This eventually led to the famous chain of exports, including the likes of The Beatles. For tourists and travellers interested in looking at the poignant blitz symbols, the fixed shell at the St. Luke’s Church is a sight in itself.

The Rise and Growth



Some of the biggest achievements of this city include the UNESCO world heritage award in July 2004. Moreover, the concerned heritage site stretches far and wide along the Alberta Dock waterfront, raised through the Pier Head and right up to the famous Stanley Dock. In addition to that, the Liverpool authorities invested 920 million pounds in 2004, in order to kick start the ‘Paradise Street’ project. This eventually led to the establishment of the Liverpool One, precisely in 2008.

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In addition to that the city was also conferred with the European Capital of Culture award in 2008 followed by the establishment of the Baltic Triangle that is more like a creative business hub. Apart from that, the Bold Street also deserves a special mention courtesy of the unique business setups thriving around the same.

It wouldn’t be wrong to state that Liverpool experienced loads of turbulence which eventually paved way for a more illustrious past, productive present and rewarding future. Moreover, with the city having extremely determined individuals who are strong willed as well, it is only appropriate that Liverpool has made giant progressive strides despite the occasional roadblocks.

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