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dock with a clock

Built in the 1840's, the Dockers Clock, or to give it it's proper name Victoria Tower on the entrance to Salisbury Dock, was designed by Jesse Hartley, the dock engineer responsible of most of Liverpool's old dock system. There are six sides each with a clock face and a bell on the top to signal high and low tides. Now fallen into disrepair. Hopefully one day it will be restored to it's full glory, there are plans for great developments in these docks and it would be a shame to loose this feature.

Behind can be seen the Stanley Dock Bonded Tobacco Warehouse, reputed to be the largest brick built warehouse in the worls with over 27 million red and blue bricks used in it's construction. Currently unused awaiting some ideas for regeneration.

dock with a clock

Built in the 1840's, the Dockers Clock, or to give it it's proper name Victoria Tower on the entrance to Salisbury Dock, was designed by Jesse Hartley, the dock engineer responsible of most of Liverpool's old dock system. There are six sides each with a clock face and a bell on the top to signal high and low tides. Now fallen into disrepair. Hopefully one day it will be restored to it's full glory, there are plans for great developments in these docks and it would be a shame to loose this feature.

Behind can be seen the Stanley Dock Bonded Tobacco Warehouse, reputed to be the largest brick built warehouse in the worls with over 27 million red and blue bricks used in it's construction. Currently unused awaiting some ideas for regeneration.

comments (9)

Having seen the regeneration of the Quayside in Newcastle, I can see the potential for this area, too. The clock really should be restored to the original, though. (:o)
Les Auld: Thanks for the comment rosalyn, there has been millions spent on the dock areas closer to the Pier Head and there are proposals for the central dock areas that will take 30 to 50 years to come to fruition. Maybe one day we will be able to see it all anew.
Nice shot Les. Thanks for the info.
Les Auld: Thanks Bridge, appreciate the comment.
What a beautiful building and great potential for redevelopment.
Les Auld: Thanks Bernie, it is a great building. There have been some ideas for redevelopment but the size could be a problem and the height between floor and ceiling on all of the floors is quite low. We can just wait and see.
  • Ellie
  • 27 Jun 2007, 14:16
Such a lot of pressure for development, but with luck these buildings will stay and be made to look pretty for the visitors, and will be around for future generations to see.
Les Auld: we can only hope, thanks for the comment Ellie.
I enjoy seeing these historical buildings and reading about them. The warehouse is huge. Does it have any reinforcements or is it all brick (hard to believe)?
Les Auld: Pleased that you like it, as far as I know it is mainly brick, perhaps with some cast iron inside.
I have studied the social history of dockers in London over the years, but as you might know, the London Docks have been totally transformed. It is great to see that some of this 19th century buildings have been saved. How long until the docklands are transformed into condo developments?
Les Auld: I agree that the old buildings certainly add character to the place, thanks for stopping by.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Jun 2007, 16:17
I agree about the tower that should be repaired. Very unusual and reminds me of a chess piece. The warehouse can probably be turned into a shopping centre without much exterior changes.

Can you imagine how much tobacco can be stored in such a warehouse - the brits must have smoked the health industry into a growth line smile

Great shot.
Les Auld: It does look a bit like a rook, as to the amount of tobacco, it is hard to imagine just how much passed through this warehouse during its lifetime.

Thanks for the comment.
like the sharpness and the industrial nature of the structures...
Les Auld: Appreciate the comment, thanks for looking.
Impressive ! A good idea to shot this place.
Les Auld: I think impressive buildings almost demand to be photographed, thanks for the comment.

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