One of the strangest sites in Liverpool must surely be the pyramid tomb in the now disused St Andrew's Church Yard. Why a Pyramid? Well, this tomb holds the body of Liverpool's most infamous gambler William Mackenzie. Mackenzie in his desire to secure a winning Poker hand promised his soul to the devil. He won the game but fell ill shortly after. Fearful that his pact would become reality he used his winnings to have this special tomb erected and within it placed his card table and chair. Upon his death he left instructions to be entombed sitting at the table holding the winning cards. Mackenzie reckoned that by being so interred his faustian pact could not be completed and his soul would remain secure. How cool is that!
If you enjoy wandering around old grave yards you will love St James Cemetery in the shadow of the Anglican Cathedral. The setting is lovely and the graves capture perfectly the success and tragedy of the city. This started life as a quarry and required special ramps and tunnels to transport bodies to their final resting place.
The cemetery will be of particular interest to American VT's as it contains the graves of people from Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania and many other states.
This photo is of a grave of some of those who perished in the Ellan Vannin Tragedy of 1909. The ship of 15 passengers, 21 crew plus 60 tons of cargo foundered in heavy seas on the approach to the Mersey Channel having set off from the Isle of Man that morning.
All those on board tragically perished.
If you enjoy cinema and visual art why not get along to the brilliant FACT Building. This purpose built arts project was designed by the award winning achitects Austin-Smith:Lord and contains two galleries and three ultra modern cinema screens. These show a combination of arthouse, international and mainstream films. The bar areas are a great place to meet up and hang out. Try to catch a film in 'The Box' This is a small screen with sofa seating and you can take your drinks in with you. A great night out.
If you walk up Water Street (across the road from the Liver Buildings) keep a look out for the old National Provincial Bank Building on the R/H side just before you reach the Town Hall. The huge doors are decorated with two fantastic ferocious looking tigers. Rubbing the fangs is said to bring good luck and was routinely done by Indian sailors who believed it would ensure them a safe onward passage. Recommeded for all VT's!
Even in the cold cold days around new year 04 this new fountain found a lot of friends. Well, this little girl was desperately forced to walk through by her mum, but she refused to do it. Dave, Sandy husband was brave enough!!! Should be nicer in summer really....
I noticed this place just recently walking back towards the pier head for the ferry.
Liverpool's oldest pub "Ye Hole in Ye Wall" dates back to 1726 and was built on the site near to the first purpose built Quaker meeting house.
Thursday night they have free curry and rice when its Quiz night!
The street it is on is one of Liverpool's medieval streets too.
Next St. Andrew's Church in Rodney Street there is a 15 foot high pyramid which actually is a grave!!! W. Mackenzie, a real gambler, wanted to be buried upright at a card table holding the winning hand. So they built him a pyramid grave.
This unusual six sided clock can be seen on the river cruise. Known as the dockers' clock as it could be seen from all the compass points. The only other one like it can be found in Russia so its a shame that it is so neglected.
Just behind the clock is he Stanley Tobaccco warehouse - the largest bonded warehouse in the world.
Having just wandered out of Lime Street station on my most recent trip to Liverpool, I was just ambling fairly aimlessly as I like to do and felt like a quick drink. Purely by chance, I spotted the Ship and Mitre pub, and what a find it turned out to be.
Readers of my other pages will know I like a drink, for which I make no apology, and I do like the traditional British pub in all it's various forms. This place certainly is one of the best I have visited, it really scores on so many levels.
Firstly, and most importantly, the drink. This place justifiably prides itself on it's selection. There are twelve real ales on draught, changing literally daily. They have a noticeboard affair listing the current selection, which changes several times a day, and also forthcoming beers. Add to this about 30 German bottled beers and about 40 Belgian (or was it the other way round?), a good wine selection, and an excellent spirit selection, and you really have a recipe for a good place. For a cider drinker like myself, the choice of four draught and numerous bottles is almost unheard of and very welcome.
Add to the mix a delightful Art Deco building, which is one of my favourite styles, and friendly, knowledgeable staff, all with the typical Liverpudlian friendliness, and things only get better. A decent kitchen completes the scene, with the local dish Scouse, from which the locals derive the nickname Scousers, being particularly good. Think of an Irish stew made with beef instead of mutton and you have the idea.
Perhaps the best indicator of how good a pub this is comes from the complete mix of people who rub shoulders there. I saw everyone from suited businessmen to working men after a day's graft to students from the nearby University to the odd tourist like myself. Indeed, during the quiz night, you could hardly move in the place.
Even if you are not a drinker, I would recommend a visit here just to have a look at what a good British inner city pub should be.
Standing just over the road from the waterfront is St Nicholas' church. We walked past it on the way into town, and I took this pic because I like dthe look of it. Later when Sabs read a article about public art in Liverpool we saw that its grounds contains a statue called "The Blitz" that looks to be an interesting piece of art. Take a look for it if you pass St. Nicks (the momument is at the roadside of the church grounds, looking across to the Liver Building)
Sabs took me to this column, as she and Steve missed it out last time. We had to wait for the Mersey ferry anyway and it's just a few meters away from the ferry terminal.
"To the brave men of the engine room" is not mentioned here Steve!
As I have mentioned in other Liverpool tips, the city is inextricably tied to the sea and a seafaring life. In and of itself, this can be a risky enough occupation, but in times of war, the risks are increased exponentially.
Whilst soldiers, airmen and military sailors are rightfuly remembered, there seems to be somewhat of a lack of remembrance of merchant seamen. Especially in the Second World War, when Britain was essentially unde siege from Nazi Germany, this is doubly true.
I have visited the monument to merchant seamen close by Tower hill in London, and never fail to be moved by the sacrifices made. There is a memorial fittingly by the side of the Mersey (main photo) but I found nearby several other small memorials sited on what seemed to be some sort of industrial hatch. I found this a little sad. If you are on the waterfront just East of the Albert Dock, have a look round and you will find these memorials to a lot of brave men.
Imagine this. Imagine an artist that was, in his day, selling as much as Elvis or the Beatles. Stumped? Well, welcome to one Billy Fury. A Liverpudlian, now mostly forgotten except amongst music buffs, he really was that big. Certainly a sort of Elvis copy with the upturned collar, pouting lip and quiff, he had 1950's girls literally falling at his feet.
Born Ronald Wycherley (I can understand the name change) in Liverpool in 1940, he became a huge star in the 50's and 60's with hits such as Halfway To Paradise and I'd Never Find Another You.
He worked in TV and films until his untimely early death in 1983 from a long-standing heart complaint. In a city so musically dominated by the Beatles, and to a lesser extent Gerry and the Pacemakers, it is nice to see that this once huge star is remembered in his home place. I thought the statue was a fitting tribute, forever looking out over the Mersey. I think he would have liked it.
We had planned our visit, then on the day of travelling to Liverpool knowing nothing about this event. On the Thursday afternoon, one of my colleagues and I were speaking and we both discovered we were on holiday on Friday and also both going to Liverpool. She told me about the giants, I knew nothing about them but thought we could visit them during our stay in Liverpool.
We arrived in Liverpool in the late evening but enjoyed some formal and informal sighting of the Giants on Thursday night, Friday morning and then Saturday afternoon. My colleague in fact ended up not seeing anything of the giants at all.
The crowds were many people deep, all ages and the event was enjoyable - the sunny and hot weather made it all the more enjoyable.
Located in the city centre, this is a popular park. It is small and only some 3 acres in size, but it has many memorials and statues.
During our visit to Liverpool, the sun was shining and there were many people sitting in the gardens, enjoying the sun and the tranquillity the space brings to the area. Sadly there were also quite a few people drinking heavily throughout the day and leaving their rubbish.