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Liver Bird

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.

 

Liver Bird

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.

 

comments (5)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 5 Aug 2007, 02:27
You gotta love those "legends," Les! And look at those clocks!!
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, reputadly the largest clock face in the world.
Another Liverpool icon, I wish I had a fiver for every time I looked up at these as a child. I have to say I was unaware of the xenophobic snip of history. Thanks for sharing. I am enjoying your Liverpool period.
Les Auld: It is surprising what you can find out these days with only a little bit of work. Thanks Alistair, glad you like the series, there are a few more to come.
Very nice....like, like, like! (;o)
Les Auld: Glad you like it, one of my favourite buildings, Thanks Rosalyn.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Aug 2007, 09:00
How should I understand the word "Liver" in this case? Liver buidling, liver birds and Liverpool. Does it refer to the internal bodily organ? Or is it some lisper from the past who couldn't say "River" - do you know?

I find this an interesting composition with the contrail at left steadying the picture and the fun item of the tied down bird. Fancy people willing to pay money for the exercise that tied down the bird smile
Les Auld: It can be confusing Louis,One source says that the bird is actually a cormorant with a sprig of Laver, or seaweed, in it's mouth. It is pronounced to ryhme with Driver rather than the liver as found in the body. You can find more out in Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver_Bird .
Fantastic shot of a very famous landmark. Nice work. All the best, Dave
Les Auld: Thanks Dave, apparently the clock face is the biggest in the world, or so I am told.

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