Liverpool Dock and Speke Hall 5th September 2009

Liverpool Dock

 We were privileged to be among the first to see the original Liverpool Dock following its excavation by Oxford Archaeology North in advance of the Liverpool One development.  The Dock is now preserved in a custom-built visitor centre beneath the shopping complex (click here to see location). 

Albert Dock
Albert Dock
Old Dock
The brick-built, original Liverpool dock.  Modern concrete support pillars are on the right.
Our guide points out a mysterious, bricked-up tunnel entrance
Eighteenth century brickwork
Rock-cut grooves for wooden fender posts
Part of the viewing gallery

Speke Hall

Speke Hall is a superbly well-preserved example of a Tudor timber-framed house.  The earliest part of the existing house dates from around 1530 and it was extended in stages during the 16th century.  The house and surrounding gardens are now owned by the National Trust.  Click here to see the location of Speke Hall. 

The north range and main entrance
The courtyard
Parlour range
The Parlour range and part of the south range
West range
The west range
View across the Mersey from the estate trail
Pond on the estate trail