On top of the Royal Liver Buidling sits two Liver Birds, great scultures 6 mtres high with wings 3 metres long. They were designed by a German Sculpture, Carl Bernard Bartels and built by the Bromsgrove Guild. During the xenophobia of the First World War all references to him were destroyed and, in Liverpool, his name passed into oblivion.
Legend has it that if the birds fly away from Liverpool the city will fall back into the river. I suppose that is why they are securely tied down.
Folklore has it that the female Liver Bird faces the sea waiting for her lover's return whilst the male bird on the East Tower faces the city to see if the pubs are open.
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