Photographs of Liverpool
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral from Toxteth Dock in 1981 and, below, in April 2012.
Our next photograph shows the Cathedral from just a little further up the road 25 years later...
that master of Art Deco, Charles
A few hundred yards down the road is yet another cathedral, the Roman Catholic one, designed in a much more modern style- after the abandonment of an earlier scheme of which only the crypt was completed- by Frederic Gibberd in 1967, and (because of the large number of Irish craftsmen employed in its construction) often referred to locally as Paddy's Wigwam. A tour of both of these stunning buildings is highly recommended to all visitors to the city.
With the exception of one of Jesse Hartley's Hydraulic Towers on the left of the main picture, the buildings and dock basin in the foreground have disappeared under a car park since the photograph was taken and the entire area is currently subject to a number of competing redevelopment plans.
Compare the image with one made thirty years earlier by the great Liverpool photographer, Edward Chambré-Hardman here
"One of the neatest, best-built towns I have seen in England." John Wesley 1775
"The whole complexion nautical, and so infinitely below our expectations, that naught but the thought of the few hours we had to pass here made it tolerable." Judge Samuel Curwen 1780
"This town is full of Germans, Jews, Welsh, Irish and Dutch; it has its fine sides and the docks are wondrous." Augustus John 1900