Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City

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Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City
Liverpool Waterfront 202106.jpg
Liverpool Pier Head
Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is located in North West of England
Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City
Location within North West of England
Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is located in the United Kingdom
Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City
Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City (the United Kingdom)
General information
Architectural styleVictorian
LocationLiverpool, North West England, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates53°24′24″N 2°59′40″W / 53.40667°N 2.99444°W / 53.40667; -2.99444Coordinates: 53°24′24″N 2°59′40″W / 53.40667°N 2.99444°W / 53.40667; -2.99444
Construction started1841
Official nameLiverpool – Maritime Mercantile City
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (iii), (iv)
Designated2004 (28th session)
Reference no.1150
RegionEurope and North America
Delisted2021 (44th session)

Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is a former UNESCO World Heritage Site in Liverpool, England. The six sites included the Pier Head, Albert Dock, William Brown Street, [1] and other famous landmarks in the city. They are considered the 'supreme example of a commercial port at a time of Britain's greatest global influence'.[2]

The sites were nominated to UNESCO in January 2003. By March 2004, ICOMOS recommended the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City as a World Heritage Site.[3] It was accepted under cultural bases: ii, iii and iv.

In 2012, the proposed construction of Liverpool Waters project caused the sites to be included in the List of World Heritage in Danger. In July 2017, UNESCO warned it might lose its status because of the development plans.

English Heritage argued against the Liverpool Waters development. It thought some of Liverpool's most significant historic buildings would be “severely compromised”.[4]

In July 2021, UNESCO announced that the site had been stripped of its World Heritage status.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City". UK Local Authority World Heritage Forum. Archived from the original on 23 April 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  2. "Welcome to Liverpool World Heritage". Liverpool City Council. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2008.
  3. "Liverpool (United Kingdom) - NO 1050" (PDF). ICOMOS. 2004. Retrieved 9 December 2008.
  4. Perraudin, Frances (3 October 2017). "Liverpool faces up to world heritage removal threat with taskforce". the Guardian.
  5. Halliday, Josh (21 July 2021). "Unesco strips Liverpool of its world heritage status". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Liverpool City Council (2005). Maritime Mercantile City: Liverpool. Liverpool University Press. ISBN 1-84631-006-7.
  • Oevermann H.; Mieg H.A., eds. (2014). Industrial Heritage Sites in Transformation: Clash of Discourses. Routledge. ISBN 978-0415745284.

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