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Getting to Know Liverpool

Yes, Liverpool is known as the birthplace of The Beatles. They began in Liverpool and wrote about some areas such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, which you can visit and explore while playing the songs so rich in things Liverpool.

The Beatles aren’t its only claim to fame. Liverpool is rich in history and learning about its history is one of the fun parts of living here. It was made a borough in 1207 by King John. He designed the original street plan of seven streets laid out in an “H” shape. Population growth was slow until the 1600s when the River Dee became silted and ships of trade could no longer sail into the port of Chester. they switched to the port city of Liverpool on the River Mersey and the population started to grow.

Although the city was a key part of the slave trade, Liverpool also was home to three prominent men who pioneered the abolitionist movement: Willaim Rathbone, William Roscoe and Edward Rushton and there is now an International Slavery Museum at the Albert Dock. Built in 1846, the Albert Dock was one of the most advanced docks anywhere in the world; it’s often credited with helping Liverpool become a global port.Today the Albert Dock houses, along with theInternational Slavery Museum,it houses restaurants, bars, shops, two hotels as well as the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Tate Liverpool and The Beatles Story.

You can catch some history at the Liverpool One shopping and residential complex as the “Old Dock”, which was filled in in 1826, has been partly excavated and can be viewed there.

Liverpool was home to both the Cunard and White Star Line, and was the port of registry of the RMS Titanic, the RMS Lusitania, the Queen Mary and the Olympic ocean liners.

The economic strength of Liverpool drew immigrants from around the world, rapidly increasing the city’s population during the 1840s through the early part of the 20th century.During the 1840s, about half a million Irish people escaping the Great Potato Famine arrived in Liverpool. While many of them embarked from Liverpool to travel to North America, a sizeable group remained in the city, significantly increasing the Catholic population.

Natives of Liverpool are referred to as Liverpudlians and as “Scousers”— a reference to a form of stew was eaten by the people of Liverpool in the 19th century. The word “Scouse” has also become synonymous with the Liverpool accent and dialect.There are hundreds of words unique to the Liverpudlian dialect; they are translated in ‘LernYerself Scouse’ by Frank Shaw. Pick up a copy, practice the accent and enjoy finding history around every corner of Liverpool.

By | 2018-05-30T12:57:01+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|