Liverpool Lime Street England about 1892

LIVERPOOL LIME STREET ENGLAND — Nine-tenths of all the Americans who land in Liverpool stay there as little time as possible. Their memories of the place are chiefly those of a hurried struggle to get from the steamer to the railroad station, or from the railroad station to the steamer. The principal building, therefore, which they recollect in Liverpool is the one outlined in this illustration, namely, the London and Northwestern Hotel, upon the other side of which the trains of the London and Northwestern railroad start for London. As a matter of fact, however, Liverpool deserves more attention than is usually paid to it. It is the principal seaport of England and its second city. It contains more than 700,000 inhabitants. Its situation on the river Mersey is magnificent. Moreover, its famous Docks, which flank the river for seven miles, have a total water area of 370 acres and 24 miles of quays! Nor are its architectural features of a low order. St. George’s Hall, for example, directly opposite this hotel, must always command the admiration of even the most hasty traveler, for it is in the form of an immense Greek temple 600 feet long and 170 feet wide, adorned with Corinthian columns and many sculptures. Around this also are equestrian statues of Queen Victoria, the Prince Consort and the Earl of Beaconsfield. Some literary associations also make Liverpool interesting to intelligent tourists. It is the birthplace of the “Grand Old Man,” Hon. W. E. Gladstone; and the house in which in 1809 he first saw the light (No. 62 Rodney street), is still visible. Here too in No. 32 Duke street was born the poetess, Mrs. Hemans; while Americans should not forget that in Liverpool from 1853 to 1857 the United States Consul was their gifted novelist, Nathaniel Hawthorne. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)


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