More Liverpool Photos

Photography by Richard Cosgrove-Bray

Many of the places photographed by Richard no longer exist, having made way for new enterprise, luxury apartments, hotels and shopping malls. One year on from winning the European Capital of Culture Award in 2008, Liverpool is still undergoing a massive transformation.

The photographs here have been selected from Richard's portfolio of student work, and were taken circa. 1985. Some of the prints have begun to discolour. I have tried to lighten and sharpen some of the images a little on computer, without changing the atmosphere captured in my husband's work.

We hope you enjoy viewing these images from a fading era.

Liverpool was once one of the most important ports in the world. People and goods from across the globe passed through this city on their way East or West, and some of them settled here. Liverpool has the oldest China Town in Britain, for example.

Exactly how much of Liverpool's wealth came from the slave industry is open to debate. That it was vast is indisputable. Slave ships from Africa docked here on their way to the Americas. On the return journey the ships brought sugar, tobacco and cotton, amongst other goods, grown on the slave plantations.

I once heard a tour guide try to gloss over the city's role in human trafficking. It was a taboo subject and best ignored, she said. But the legacy of the trade's wealth is all around in the elaborate historical architecture; and the stone sculptures reveal their own tale - one which should not remain silent.

August 23rd is now Slavery Remembrance Day.

Detail from one of many public scupltures celebrating Liverpool's colourful past.
Detail from one of many public scupltures celebrating Liverpool's colourful past.
Part of an old landing stage on the Mersey waterfront, now demolished.
Part of an old landing stage on the Mersey waterfront, now demolished.

Slavery

Hidden portal, visible only from on the water.  Tunnels allegedly lead to St George's Hall where slave auctions are reputed to have taken place.
Hidden portal, visible only from on the water. Tunnels allegedly lead to St George's Hall where slave auctions are reputed to have taken place.
Mysterious gate on the end of a derelict pier.
Mysterious gate on the end of a derelict pier.
Repairs in a Liverpool dry dock; circa. 1985.
Repairs in a Liverpool dry dock; circa. 1985.

Sefton Park

Vandals later burned this Edwardian band stand to the ground.
Vandals later burned this Edwardian band stand to the ground.

Liverpool Gifts from Spooky Cute Designs

Huge range of gifts at Spooky Cute Designs.
Huge range of gifts at Spooky Cute Designs.
The elegant Victorian palm house prior to restoration.
The elegant Victorian palm house prior to restoration.

Echoes of a City's Past

Almost all derelict buildings have gone now, replaced by contemporary housing and new business premises.  But until the mid-1980s, many skeletal buildings remained as a legacy from World War II.
Almost all derelict buildings have gone now, replaced by contemporary housing and new business premises. But until the mid-1980s, many skeletal buildings remained as a legacy from World War II.
Just off Dale Street, in the city's business quarter, stood these old auction rooms.  Notice the wear of ages on the stone steps.
Just off Dale Street, in the city's business quarter, stood these old auction rooms. Notice the wear of ages on the stone steps.
Monastic ruins in Lydiate, one of Liverpool's many suburbs.
Monastic ruins in Lydiate, one of Liverpool's many suburbs.

Albert Dock Village, Liverpool.

Once, the Albert Dock was home only to pigeons, mud and the decaying remnants of its maritime past.  Now it is a major tourist attraction with museums, the Tate gallery, shops, restaurants, bars and The Echo Arena concert hall.
Once, the Albert Dock was home only to pigeons, mud and the decaying remnants of its maritime past. Now it is a major tourist attraction with museums, the Tate gallery, shops, restaurants, bars and The Echo Arena concert hall.

© 2009 Adele Cosgrove-Bray

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p.g.gregory 5 years ago

Why is there never a mention of white slaves. Cromwell shipped 75,000 irish to Barbados in one year alone.There were also English slaves(indentured servants)Shipped to the Chesapeake and Barbados.


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AdeleCosgroveBray 5 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England. Author

If you visit the Maritime Museum in Liverpool, you'll see an entire section devoted to just this subject. Liverpool has very strong Irish links, of course. This page, however, was more about a few photos of the city than an essay on slavery, hence the subject's brief mention.


Eiain 2 years ago

Love the photo of St Catherine's Abbey in Lydiate, Used to live round the corner to it, spent too many summers as a child just sat in the ruins watching the world go by.

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