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Ask any Liverpool da and he’ll be able to tell you that the Liver Birds are called Bertie and Bella; Bella watches out for the sailors over the water while Bertie watches over the city to see if the pubs are open!
Next time he reels that off, hit him with some of these Liverpool facts we bet even he doesn’t know…
It’s called “The Richard Donnelly” after a ship that set sail from our famous port and promptly sank. This is where the phrase “When Donnelly docks” or “When Dick docks” that you may have heard your nan use at one time or another. It’s basically our version of “When pigs fly” because that ship ain’t never gonna dock.
It came over to us in 7 pieces and features over 200 dragons, including 12 pregnant one (signifying wealth). It’s the largest arch outside of China. Side note, while we’re on Shanghai, we are twinned with them and if you look at the shanghai waterfront, it might look a little bit familiar!
It never visited here, it wasn’t built here but the white star line offices were here and so the word Liverpool was imprinted on its gigantic (titanic) arse and anyone who’s seen the 1997 film of the same name will know that; BUT did you know, the inspiration for the grand staircase of the Titanic was taken from our very own town hall on Castle Street? Here’s me off for a visit to live out my Jack and Rose fantasy.
Our very own Lime Street of course.
You’ll find an ornate stone with a golden cross in the middle. This was in fact the site of the alter of the “Church” that lent its name to our busiest shopping street.
At some point he lived in both number 4 and number 17, with a brief stint away in between, and he lived there until his death in 1912. While we’re on it, the Ismays (owners of the White Star Line) lived a little further down the road in one of the mansions on Beach Lawn. Blue Plaques to spare that street.
Yes, the one the pub is named after. It gets even weirder because he was born in The Raz (aka The Blue Angel) albeit when it was a house and not a student party haunt. Look up next time you go and spot the blue plaque.
That’s because they were long enough to lay out all the rigging from the ships!
Long before the docks were expanded, the Victorians loved a good old bit of promenading (a posh walk-in fancy clothes I think?) and they loved nothing more than to do it along our coastline which at the time wasn’t just confined to the Crosby to Southport stretch. People used to visit Kirkdale in the 18th and 19th centuries for a good old dip in the sea!
We swear it’s true! It was there until at least the late 50’s so yer da (or certainly your nan) will probably be able to confirm!
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