The architect Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) won the architectural competion to design the cathedral when he was just 22! Work on its construction began when Liverpool was truly the second city of the Empire, before the outbreak of World War I. That war, the economic problems of the 1920s and 30s, and World War II all slowed down construction. Gilbert Scott remained committed to the project and continued to work on details and revisions for the remainder of his life. When he died in 1960, at least he could be satisfied that the cathedral was nearing completion. It was finished only in 1978.
It's really hard to capture an exterior view of the Liverpool Cathedral that really gives you a sense of its immense size.
Views From Radio City III
This view from the Tower is looking towards the Anglican Cathedral. In front of the cathedral is just a lot of waste land. In 1982 the cathedral had not been finished long. By 2003 this land has been filled with offices, apartments and some pretty swanky halls of residence for the John Moore University.
A FOOTIE TOWN
Liverpool has two big football clubs: Liverpool FC (red) and "the other one" ehm Everton (blue).
I would love to see a match at Anfield some day because Liverpool FC is one of my favourite teams in England. I have only been to the stadium though and had a look around. The tour is rather expensive (I think it was 9 pound) so we only had a look from the outside and of course did some shopping here.
If you don't get tickets for a match why don't you have a look into their big club store and get yourself their latest jersey? They even have a girls' section where the clothes are pink rather than red ;-) Here I bought myself an incredible pink footie scarf ;-) Whatever you buy or wear, let it be red!
Visit the Roman City of...
Visit the Roman City of Viriconium which is at Wroxeter, 5 miles from Shrewsbury. It is the remains of the fourth largest Roman Britain city. The remains include a bathhouse and the highest Roman wall in the country. Tel:(0743) 761330
An alternative to nightclubs
Liverpool is to be the European Capital of Culture in 2008, and its theatres played a major role in helping the city win the role. There is quite a range, catering for all tastes. Some you might like to check out include:
The Empire: The largest theatre in the city, and probably the most expensive. It shows major touring productions, particularly musicals, and a mixture of other productions such as operas, plays, ballets and wrestling (honestly). It's close to Lime Street Station in the centre of town. Advance booking is advisable, particularly at weekends. Ticket prices generally from £20 up.
Liverpool Playhouse: The oldest repertory theatre in the UK, and my favourite in Liverpool. It shows smaller touring productions, mostly plays and less well-known musicals. Tickets from around £10 up. Located in Williamson Square in the town centre.
Everyman Theatre A short walk out of town is the Everyman theatre, famous for its associations with local poets and playwrights such as Roger McGough, Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale. It shows lots of new plays by unknown writers, and is visited by many touring theatre companies. There are occasional book-readings by writers such as Tony Hawks and Pete McCarthy. The theatre is quite modern (it is 'in the round') and has an excellent, inexpensive bistro that is open throughout the day. Situated on Hope Street, near the Catholic Cathedral. Sister theatre to the Playhouse.
Neptune Theatre: the smallest of these theatres. This usually shows stand-up comedy (I've seen Ross Noble and the Reduced Shakespeare Company here), but is a regular venue for music too, particularly jazz , folk and acoustic. Tickets from around £10 upwards. The theatre is on Hanover Street in the centre of town, next door to the Walkabout pub. Anything really, although the audience at the Empire tends to be a little more smartly dressed. The theatres can get quite warm inside as they are not air-conditioned.