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Posted on September 10, 2018 by Sioux under General
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Day 3 saw us up early again and after a small breakfast we headed to the city, the museums and the Anglican Cathedral, walking first to the huge Chinese gate. It was pouring with rain so there weren’t many photos taken and we headed into the dry interior of the cathedral.


A massive Liverbird inside the Museum of Liverpool


The magnificent building was constructed between 1904 and 1978 on St James’s Mount, making it visible from most of the surrounding areas. Work stopped during WW1 due to a lack of manpower and materials, but by 1920 the workforce was operating at full strength again. The outbreak of WW2 in 1939 caused similar problems to those of the earlier war and the workforce dwindled from 266 to 35; in addition to the building being damaged by German bombs. Work resumed in 1948, and the bomb damage was repaired in 1955. The total external length of the building, including the Lady Chapel is 189m making it the longest cathedral in the world. Its internal length is 150m.The Cathedral also ranks as the fifth-largest cathedral in the world, and at 101m it is also one of the world’s tallest non-spired church buildings. 

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Fisheye views of the spiral stairways inside The Museum of Liverpool. 

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A fisheye view of one of the many domes in the cathedral.

These 2 images show the marked difference between the colors and hues of the stained glass, the former having been made in the early 20th century and the latter closer to 1978. 

A view of the Lady Chapel, a wing off the main cathedral.

The panels of the stained glass represent all the crafts and disciplines that contributed to the design and building of the Cathedral. 


The cemetery behind the cathedral known as Saint James Cemetery is below ground level, and although alongside the majestic building, it does not belong to the cathedral.  

The north side entrance, a stone path lined with recycled grave stones, descends through a short tunnel between The Oratory and the main entrance of the cathedral. 


The original stone quarry began operating in the 16th century, with the tunnel workings probably happening in the 18th century. The quarry was exhausted in 1825, and until 1936 it was used as the city cemetery.


The sloping ramps formed as a result of horse-drawn carts used to remove the sandstone from the quarry. 


The Chalybeate (meaning ‘containing iron) spring was discovered by quarrymen in 1773. It is the city’s only natural spring, and was said to be able to promote appetite and quicken digestion but had been discovered a year too late to deal with a major consumption outbreak in 1772.


Due to the notoriety of St James’ cemetery as one of the most haunted sites in the UK, many myths abound about the “bewitched” spring and the healing qualities of the water it produces.


Some believe the spirits trapped inside the graveyard have contaminated the water so that it turns black when you boil it. The source of the spring is still unknown but stories have circulated over the years about how the cool waters can relieve fevers, diarrhoea, symptoms of diabetes and gout; it is however not a recommended thirst quencher. 

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The opening of the Liverpool to Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of a new era for transportation and sadly, also the end of one William Huskisson, the first railway fatality in Great Britain. He slipped from the stationary train while moving from one door to another, one leg extending across the track and amputated by an oncoming locomotive. He died as a result of his injuries and was laid to rest in this magnificent mausoleum in Saint James Cemetery. 

Over the years there were so many tombstones that they have been used as paving-stones in the grounds of the old cemetery, as well as to prop up the surrounding hillside below the cathedral.


The 10-acre site holds the remains of nearly 58,000 people. From a sea captain stabbed to death in suspicious circumstances in the Bay of Biscay, to a simple serving girl. From a midget artist who spent her early years in a Victorian freak show and later painted England’s nobility; to an American Senator. From a sailor who fought at the Battle of Trafalgar; to children who died during the great cholera epidemics. 


All found their final resting place in Liverpool. 

Headstones bearing the names of children from the local orphan asylums, some as young as 6 months old, buried in the Saint James Cemetery, between 1844 – 1894. 


Once there was a break in the rain, we headed back into the city where we met up with some fellow Liverpool Supporters

as I had a previously arranged football club members-only dinner to go to and Paul was going to do some more sightseeing


Sunset over the Liverpool docks

The wheel of Liverpool was opened in 2010. Supported by six 30m columns, the structure stands 60m high, weighs 365 tonnes and has 42 fully enclosed viewing capsules. It stands at half the height of the “London eye” and was designed to have almost silent operation. 75,000 LED lights were installed to light it during the night. Although the Wheel of Liverpool has been struck by lightning it did not sustain any damage and has become a known landmark in Liverpool. 

We met up with the other supporters at a central city pub, and while we went off to the dinner, Paul traipsed around the docks area, getting some sunset and night time images.

Paul got to see Liverpool at night & I got to meet up with 2 of my football playing heroes. All in all, a jolly good day! Once the dinner was done, we met up again later in the evening and caught a late train back to our accommodation. 


One response to “Seeing the City of Culture with new eyes #3 – walkabout.”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    Good pics of the museum etc.
    Thank you for sharing our supporters club pics, I thoroughly enjoyed the special dinner we had together! Such an awesome event for me personally meeting the legends! Wish we had also seen more of Liverpool our trip was so rushed! Maybe next time we will come first and not family :o)

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