For alternate uses of "Liverpool" see Liverpool (disambiguation)

Liverpool's skyline, as seen from the River Mersey

Liverpool is a city in Merseyside in north west England, on the north side of the Mersey estuary. It is governed by Liverpool City Council, one of six councils within Merseyside. Population: around 470,000. The second largest export port of the United Kingdom, it still possesses some manufacturing base. The town was traditionally in Lancashire.

Liverpool is internationally famous for being the city where the Beatles came from.

Inhabitants of Liverpool are known as "Scousers". They are noted for their distinctive accent, called "Scouse".A sterotypical Scouse expression often used to illustrate the accent is dee do doh don de doh? ("they do though don't they though?"). The word "scouse" was originally a variation of "lobscouse" (probably from the north German sailors dish "Labscaus"); the name of a traditional dish of mutton stew mixed with hardtack eaten by sailors. In London and elsewhere Liverpudlians are sometimes known as "Mickey Mousers" (from Cockney rhyming slang Scouse - Mickey Mouse). Sometimes Liverpudlians are called "whackers", as in "watcha whacker!".

There are three tunnels under the River Mersey: one railway tunnel, and two road tunnels, Queensway Tunnel and Kingsway Tunnel. There is also the Mersey Ferry, made famous by the song Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry and the Pacemakers. In fact the song is now played on the ferryboats themselves every time they prepare to dock at Liverpool.

In 2001, Speke Airport was renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport, after the Beatle John Lennon.

Liverpool has a metro system called Merseyrail.

Liverpool has two universities - the University of Liverpool, and Liverpool John Moores University, which is one of the polytechnics given university status in 1992 and is named after the owner of the Littlewoods retail group.

Liverpool has a vibrant artistic life. There's an art gallery, called the Walker Art Gallery, that has some important paintings, including some pre-Raphaelites, and the Tate Liverpool gallery houses the modern art collection of the Tate in the north of England. It also has a flourishing orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra which performs in its own hall, the Philharmonic Hall. It also became well known for poetry, with several poets, including Adrian Henri and Roger McGough central in the group of Liverpool poets.

Liverpool has two Premier division football clubs - Liverpool F.C at Anfield and Everton F.C at Goodison Park. Over the water at Tranmere are Tranmere Rovers F.C

Table of contents
1 History
2 Districts of Liverpool
3 Important landmarks and buildings
4 Famous Liverpudlians
5 External link
6 See also


The origins of the city are usually dated from August 1207 when Liverpool was proclaimed as a borough and a port. Initially its role was as a dispatch point for troops sent to Ireland. However, even by the middle of the 16th century the population of Liverpool was only around 500, and the area was regarded as subordinate to Chester until the 1650s. There were a number of battles for the town during the English Civil War, including an eighteen day siege in 1644.

Liverpool Castle was built in the 13th century and was removed in 1726.

It was only in the 18th century, as trade from the West Indies was added to that of Ireland and Europe that Liverpool began to grow, gaining the first wet dock in Britain in 1715. Substantial profits from the slave trade helped the town grow in prosperity. It is also from this period that Liverpool's Black community date their origin. Within five years of this the population had reached 10,000. By the beginning of the 19th century, 40% of the world's trade was passing through the docks at Liverpool.

Liverpool expanded significantly in the nineteenth century and a number of major buildings were constructed (St. George's Hall, Lime Street Station etc.). Liverpool was granted city status in 1880.

During the first part of the twentieth century Liverpool continued to expand; the population was over 850,000 in 1930. During World War II there were eighty air-raids on Merseyside, with an especially concentrated series of raids in May 1941 which interrupted operations at the docks for almost a week. Although only 2,500 people were killed, almost half the homes in the metropolitan area sustained some damage and 11,000 were totally destroyed.

After the war there was (naturally) significant rebuilding, with several massive housing estates constructed as well as the Seaforth Dock, the largest dock project in Britain. However, the city has been suffering since the 1950s; as employers left the population has fallen (460,000 in 1985) - the decline in manufacturing and the docks striking the city particularly hard.

A number of people from Liverpool and Sheffield died, or were severely injured in the Hillsborough disaster of 1989. This had a traumatic effect on people in both cities, and also resulted in legally imposed changes in the way in which football fans have been accommodated in football stadiums since.

The city has reorientated towards culture and is currently European City of Culture for 2008, the city's second attempt at winning the accolade. Tourism is also a signigficant factor in Liverpool's economy, capitalising on the popularity of the 1960s pop group The Beatles and other groups of the Merseybeat era.

Districts of Liverpool

Important landmarks and buildings

Famous Liverpudlians

  • Beryl Bainbridge - An acclaimed writer, she has been nominated several times for the Booker Prize but is yet to win it.
  • The Beatles - John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
  • Cilla Black - Singer and entertainer, and until recently, presenter of the long running T.V. show Blind Date.
  • Charles Booth - Known for his surveys of poverty.
  • Anne Clough - Early Suffragette in the 1800s.
  • Ken Dodd - Comedian and singer and well loved for many of his unique traits such as buck teeth, frizzy hair and tickling stick aswell of course, the 'diddy men'.
  • Robbie Fowler - Prolific footballer who became known as 'God' to the Koppites that fill the Kop End at Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool FC. He left in 2001, moving to Leeds United for 11 million pounds, then in 2003 moved to Manchester City where he continues to play his football.
  • William Gladstone - Four times Prime Minister with many notable achievements.
  • Sir Richard Glazebrook - Physicist.
  • Brian Jacques - Bestselling author of the Redwall series of childrens fantasy books.
  • Jeremiah Horrocks - Astronomer, who calculated that the distance between Earth and Venus was 59,000,000 miles, though inaccurate to the actual figure of 93,000,000 miles, was still far more accurate than any other calculations made at that time.
  • William Roscoe - Poet, who penned many popular poems, with them being translated into French, German and numerous other languages.
  • Leonard Rossiter - Played the infamous Rigsby in T.V. series Rising Damp, aswell as many other roles.
  • Adrian Scott Stokes - Artist, who specialised in landscape paintings.
  • Goerge Stubbs - Well known for his painting of horses.
  • Banastre Tarleton - A dashing British cavalry officer, known for a notorious incident in the American War of Independence. Yet he was certainly a distinguished soldier, managing to rise to an independent command before the age of 24, an amazing achievement, considering that he had no money or family connections, important factors in those times for promotion.

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