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Liverpool Stripped Of Unesco World Heritage Status

The title of this post, the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the first paragraph under the picture.

Liverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage status after a UN committee found developments threatened the value of the city’s waterfront.

Liverpool politicians seem united against the action.

I wonder, if the UNESCO committee are a load of snobs, as you should judge Liverpool not as one but a vast string of waterfront sites and buildings.

This picture was taken from a Birkenhead ferry.

It is a very ordinary picture, as it doesn’t show the two cathedrals on the hills behind.

Since, I left Liverpool University in the 1960s, there have been several developments at the Pier Head.

The Albert Dock complex with the Tate Liverpool has been created.

  • The Leeds and Liverpool Canal has been extended in front of The Three Graces to reach the Albert Dock.
  • The Liverpool One Shopping Centre has been built on the behind the Three Graces as an extension to Liverpool’s main Shopping Centre.
  • Liverpool City Museum has been built between the Albert Dock complex and The Three Graces.
  • There are statues everywhere including to the Beatles and Billy Fury. I saw both in performance.
  • There is the Memorial to the Battle of the Atlantic.
  • The Pier Head and Ferry Terminal has been completely rebuilt.
  • There is a Cruise Terminal capable of taking the largest cruise ships.
  • The new Everton Stadium will be built a couple of hundred metres to the left of the distinctive Liver Building.

To me, the most unusual is the Leeds and Liverpool Canal extended in front of The Three Graces. But that allowed narrow boats to sail between Leeds and the Albert Dock.


It is a site, where most people can spend a couple of days.

Should Liverpool Be A World Heritage Site?

Go spend two days there and then decide.




July 21, 2021 - Posted by | World | , , , , ,


  1. I agree James, there is a lot to do, and the museums are amazing – we particularly liked the Slavery Museum, found it useful for opening to talk about the issues of racism with our children.

    And there is much else; two beautiful cathedrals, and lots of heritage sites.

    I know they are putting new Everton Stadium down near the water front; my concern is not how it looks, or its effect on the area, my concern is how many “worse for wear” fans will end up in the Mersey – from which teams happen to be playing.


    Comment by nosnikrapzil | July 21, 2021 | Reply

    • I think that slavery could be the problem! Liverpool made a lot pf money from slavery, but so did many other cities.
      At least they’re open about it!

      The Chinese just deny it!

      Comment by AnonW | July 21, 2021 | Reply

      • Slavery did not make Liverpool. It was side line. The city were the ‘shippers’ not the slavers. After slavery was abolished Liverpool rose to greater heights.

        Comment by John | July 23, 2021

  2. Rather than being the problem, surely Liverpool’s pivotal role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade was one of the reasons WHY it gained World Heritage Site status. WHS doesn’t just apply to places with unblemished ‘good news’ heritage stories to tell – nor should it, otherwise we’d have a very distorted view of the world.

    The removal of Liverpool’s UNESCO ‘blue plaque’ is a timely warning to other cities and sites that want the bragging rights that come with WHS status but aren’t prepared to ttake action to prevent erosion of that heritage. There’s an example right now in Mauritius, where extension of the Metro Express urban transit system in front of Aapravasi Ghat – the landing place of nearly half a million Indian indentured labourers between 1834 and 1920 – is putting the WHS site’s status at risk. More at

    Balancing the needs of development with protection of irreplaceable heritage is a tightrope act for planners and historians.

    Comment by Stephen Spark | July 21, 2021 | Reply

    • I watched BBC Breakfast yesterday, when Architectural Professor Michael Parkinson of my alma mater; Liverpool University gave his views.

      He was all for building the stadium on the Dock as it would allow supporters to walk from the City Centre ad other reasons.

      We won’t save historic buildings without developments, that bring in money!

      Comment by AnonW | July 22, 2021 | Reply

      • Parkinson was attempting to mitigate the harm on the city.

        Comment by John | July 23, 2021

  3. it’s not a binary ‘no development’ ‘we must have development regardless’. Development need to be sympathetic to the existing heritage buildings .It may cost a little more but compared to the cost of Liverpool losing it’s world heritage status…?

    Comment by JohnC | July 22, 2021 | Reply

    • John C you are 100% correct. People lose sight of what it is all about. The site is of WORLD importance. The city are custodians for the rest of the world. The city put two fingers up at the rest of the world.

      The largest migration in human history was the migration to the New World. Liverpool’s port took more people than any other. Many prominent American families can trace their ancestors walking through the many dock gates in Liverpool – the Kennedy’s amongst them.

      I am surprised the Americans did not kick up about it.

      Comment by John | July 23, 2021 | Reply

  4. The city of Liverpool is run by philistine buffoons. Anderson the city mayor and Rotheram the City Region metro-mayor can hardly string two sentences together. None understand how big cities work.

    Rotheram should have kept Anderson in check as he is over him. Then again the government should have made sure all was OK as they approve all proposals. Three levels failed.

    The government approved the new Everton stadium being built on the World Heritage docks – they are filling a dock in. Everton FC is owned by Iranian/Russian interests, so the government was sucking up Moshiri and Usmaov to not upset them – they are some of the richest men in the world. These men care not a hoot about the city, only their own interests – but Moshiri bought the Liver Buildings moving Everton’s HQ there, to make it look like he cares.

    Then Manchester based Peel, a LAND company, who own the docks did nothing to ensure any planned developments conformed to the Word Heritage agreement. The Liverpool Waters scheme put the city on the ‘as-risk’ list. All they want to do is fill in the docks to create lucrative land from nothing, then build tatty looking anytown buildings on them. They care nothing of the city of Liverpool.

    Liverpool could have been an Amsterdam if done properly. UNESCO had no option but to remove the status. They continually warned the city after putting the city on the ‘at-risk’ list in 2013.

    I was one who alerted UNESCO to the city flouting the rules, soon after it was awarded. They looked into it. That alerted them to keep an eye on the city. In 2013 they acted.

    Well Anderson and Rotheram can ensure more betting shops and chip shops are built, with the lower working class image of Liverpool continuing. Then they wonder why top companies will not set up there.

    Anderson allowed a sewage treatment plant to be built on Wellington Dock, filling in the dock completely. The docks is in the heritage zone, accommodating the tall ships in 2008. The sewage plant could have gone on any part of the main 10 mile pipeline. Then next to Wellington Dock he allowed the Bramley Moore Dock to be fillied in for an Everton stadium. UNESCO said enough is enough.

    All this was all approved by the Tory government. This is an embarrassment for the whole of the UK.

    Comment by John | July 23, 2021 | Reply


      About Peel. They are a clandestine, highly secretive LAND company. They invariably wanted to fill in dock water spaces in Liverpool to create lucrative land from nothing, wrecking the UNESCO world heritage agreement. Peel do not pay UK taxes. The conned the not too bight mayor of Liverpool for sure. j

      UNESCO stripped Liverpool of its World Heritage status. A lot of the heritage land was owned by Peel.

      “Peel schemes rarely come to light until they are effectively a fait accompli and the conglomerate is confident they will go ahead, irrespective of public opinion.”

      Comment by John | July 23, 2021 | Reply

      • I don’t know much about Peel, except what I read in respected and not so respected publications.

        Some years ago, I also spent an intensive train trip (in Standard Class) to Liverpool with two very senior executives of one of the UK’s largest financial institutions about how you finance big projects, like the ones my software planned.

        What they didn’t know, was that my father was a letterpress printer and as I’d done so much typesetting for his business my upside-down reading was near perfect.

        So I knew what their mission was that day and who was the beneficiary..

        Comment by AnonW | July 23, 2021

  5. The Everton stadium is a good way north of the city centre. That is propaganda by the city/USM/Peel.

    They all have continually stated that Bramley Moore Dock, where Everton plan a stadium, is derelict. That is LIES. The dock is fully used being the HQ of Svitzer Tugs, with sand dredgers using the dock. The quays are used to sort and put the sand into trucks.

    Anderson, the discredited mayor (arrested over fraud), approved a plan to fill in Wellington Dock in the heritage zone – to build a smelly sewage works. To hide the works he then approved plans to build a stadium by filling in yet another heritage dock – the next dock south. UNESCO said than said that is the final straw.

    Comment by John | July 23, 2021 | Reply

  6. Where’s the honour in being 1,121 on a list.. more honour coming off it.. putting living, working people ahead of half interested tourists. Like.. honestly, who goes to Liverpool for the ‘docks’.. come on.

    Comment by Phil Jones | July 25, 2021 | Reply

    • The Albert Dock, the largest collection of grade 1 listed buildings in the UK, is a major attraction. All a part of the package.

      If done properly Liverpool could have been another Amsterdam. The amount of dock waters in-filled in the Port of Liverpool (Liverpool and the Wirral) is more than what is in many large ports.

      Comment by John | July 25, 2021 | Reply

    • Who goes to Liverpool for the sun? From your comment, I doubt you’re in the the travel and tourism business, otherwise you’d be fully aware of the size of the heritage tourism sector and its value to places like Liverpool, and you’d understand the ‘cachet’ that WHS status gives a heritage site and its surroundings. Liverpool badly needs that status and the tourism pounds that come with it. As well as a great many positives, even superlatives, there’s some appalling poverty, decrepit infrastructure (private as well as public) and serious social problems.

      So, yes, people DO go to Liverpool for the waterfront and they spend money that directly benefits those “living, working people” you champion. Sadly, they’ve been undermined by the sort of chippy attitude that’s lost them WHS status and many other opportunities over the decades.

      As for being “1,121 on a list” – World Heritage Sites aren’t a league table.

      Comment by Stephen Spark | July 25, 2021 | Reply

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