Liverpool Journals

A centre of worship - Church, Football and The Beatles

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A November 2010 trip to Liverpool by MichaelJM

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Photo, Liverpool, England More Photos
Quote: No trip to Liverpool is complete unless you check out the Cathedrals, Anfield and the Beatles Experience

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

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Attraction | "Almost 75 years to build, but what a sight.."

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Photo, Liverpool, England
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Last time I visited this gothic style cathedral it was not quite finished, but now it is! The decision to build a Cathedral in Liverpool did not take place until 1901 when a meeting at the Town Hall decided that they needed to "build a worthy Cathedral for the prosperous City of Liverpool" and over the next 74 years the vision took place. A competition was arranged and the design winner was a twenty-two year old Roman Catholic called Giles Gilbert Scott. However the elders did not completely trust their judgement and a more senior architect George Bodley was appointed to keep Giles "in line". The foundation stone (still the largest in the whole building) was laid in 1904 King Edward VII to the strains...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2010

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
6 Cathedral Close
Liverpool, England L1 7AZ
+44 (151) 709-6271

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

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Attraction | "A trip around "Paddy's Wigwam""

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Photo, Liverpool, England
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The Roman Catholic Cathedral is known affectionately as "Paddy’s Wigwam" and it doesn’t take too much imagination to understand why it was given that name. Apparently the architect responsible for the design was "Church of England", but that seems perfectly logical when you realise that the final designer of the Anglican Cathedral was Catholic!This impressive structure was swathed in colour as we approached it on this bright and sunny autumnal day and it’s certainly most unusual for a Church to have the equivalent of outdoor stained glass windows. The site on Brownlow Hill, which was apparently occupied earlier by Liverpool’s workhouse, was purchased in 1930 by Archbishop Downey, Sir Edwin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 25, 2010

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Cathedral House Mount Pleasant
Liverpool, England L3 5TQ
+44 (151) 709-9222

The Beatles Story

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Attraction | "We took a trip back to the 1960's yes really!"

The Beatles Story Photo, Liverpool, England
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The Beatles Experience and "Spirit of Lennon" successfully put you in touch with the feelings and emotions of those days of the 60’s and although both these museums are in different settings (access to both is on the same ticket) they still take you back to those halcyon days when pop and rock was emerging in the UK. The Beatles culture still lives on in Liverpool and despite the fact that I was a dedicated Stones fan I have, over the decades, warmed to the music of the Beatles. Indeed I now much prefer it!We’d bought our admission ticket from the hotel, giving us a significant saving, and started off at the "Spirit of Lennon", opposite the Cunnard Building and next to the pier head. Also ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 25, 2010

The Beatles Story
Albert Dock
Liverpool, England L3 4AD
+44 (151) 709-1963

The cavern district

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Attraction | "All the lonely People and a missing "Paul""

Photo of Liverpool, England
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The Cavern area must have been buzzing in the 60’s when the Beatles and other clubs performed in the original Cavern Club. Unfortunately that’s no longer there (I guess the local planners rue the day they decided to close that one down) but the new Cavern attempts to replicate its predecessor as best it can. Most nights between 4.30 and 7.30 you can go down the many steps to the cavern pub and club and enjoy a free show. The beer isn’t great but surprisingly it also wasn’t overpriced and we got one of the last available seats to watch a John Lennon look alike perform. In fairness he wasn’t bad at all and the great thing, as far as I was concerned, was that he had that barbed wit that Lennon was notori...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 25, 2010

Anfield Stadium

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Attraction | "Checking out the playing surface at Anfield"

Anfield Stadium Photo, Liverpool, England
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Of course we just had to make a pilgrimage to Anfield, the home of Liverpool Football Club. As a young boy my father had lived in a small street that led down to the main entrance to the ground and I was intrigued to see if the street was still standing. Indeed as the bus was approaching the stadium I saw Robson Street on my right (my Great Aunt lived here) and a little further I saw the very street where Dad had lived. Only one side of the street was still standing, but that fitted with my Dad’s story that he and his family were re-housed on the other side of the River Mersey (Bromborough) after a bombing raid in the Second World War. The street did indeed run to the ground’s entrance and apparently ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2010

Anfield Stadium
Anfield Road
Liverpool, England 4 0
(0151) 263 2361