Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City

Overview

Heritage Category: World Heritage Site

List Entry Number: 1000104

Date first listed: 2004

Date of most recent amendment: 2010

Map

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Summary

Six areas in the historic centre and docklands of the maritime mercantile City of Liverpool bear witness to the development of one of the world's major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries. Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire and became the major port for the mass movement of people, e.g. slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America. Liverpool was a pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems and port management. The listed sites feature a great number of significant commercial, civic and public buildings, including St George's Plateau.

This is a cultural world heritage site in England located at N53 24 24.0 W2 59 40.0. It measures 136 hectares and its buffer zone measures 751 hectares.

There is a World Heritage Site Management Plan for the World Heritage Site (2003) and implementation of the objectives and action plan is undertaken by a World Heritage Site coordinator based in Liverpool City Council. A Steering Group made up of key stakeholders oversees World Heritage activities.

Criteria

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Criterion (ii): Liverpool was a major centre generating innovative technologies and methods in dock construction and port management in the 18th and 19th centuries. It thus contributed to the building up of the international mercantile systems throughout the British Commonwealth.

Criterion (iii): the city and the port of Liverpool are an exceptional testimony to the development of maritime mercantile culture in the 18th and 19th centuries, contributing to the building up of the British Empire. It was a centre for the slave trade, until its abolition in 1807, and to emigration from northern Europe to America.

Criterion (iv): Liverpool is an outstanding example of a world mercantile port city, which represents the early development of global trading and cultural connections throughout the British Empire.

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