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Liverpool Heritage Buildings and Architecture

During the peak of the British Empire Liverpool was the second city of the United Kingdom, behind London. In the late 19th century it was the international centre for maritime commerce and the city benefited greatly from the influx of wealth from all over the world.

Liverpool may not be the centre of international trade that it once was, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still see the effects this previous wealth had on the city.

With the most Listed Buildings of any city outside of London, Liverpool is built on its history. There are over 2,500 Listed Buildings including 27 grade 1, that are described as having ‘international significance to human history’. The seafront was at one point so important in the history of the world it has become listed as a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) heritage site and when UNESCO confirmed its status as having international significance they stated that: “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.”

Prior to the discovery of the Americas, Liverpool was an insignificant town that attracted little attention; however, once these distant colonies began to be set up in the late 1700s, the populace and gentry quickly recognised the potential of Liverpool’s location for trade with the new American colonies across the Atlantic.

By the time of the Victorian age, Liverpool began to transform into the recognisable city it is today. It is no wonder that English Heritage has described Liverpool as Britain’s finest Victorian city!

The well-known landmarks of the Albert Docks and the Liver Building offer postcard-worthy representations of the city but the whole of the cosmopolitan area is dominated by idyllic Victorian and Georgian architecture.

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Rodney Street, Liverpool

Take Rodney Street for example (image attached) where William Gladstone was born; the entire row of houses is within a conservation area – as is 9% of the whole city – and it is noted for its exquisite Georgian architecture.

The prominent sash windows help encapsulate the beautiful architecture of the age and provide the city with a beautiful, elegant aura that the buildings of the late 20th century fail to provide.

In order to keep graded buildings maintained, they require regular and careful work so as to prevent erosion. To restore any damage caused by ageing, this work needs to be carried out by certain specialised companies that are well versed in the building methods of the age but which are able to utilise the most modern technologies.

With nearly 10% of Liverpool coming under the jurisdiction of a ‘Conversation Area’, there is always restoration work to be done in order to ensure that the city never loses its magnificent Victorian heritage. This means the aforementioned specialist businesses, such as yoursashwindows.com, are in frequent need, but specialist skills like ours are hard to come by. Combining true craftsmanship, attention to detail, patience and remaining sympathetic to original features and surroundings isn’t something every maintenance company can offer, or deliver.

For genuine restoration, replica or replacement sash and casement windows, come to a company who knows what they are doing, who will create bespoke windows made to your exact measurements and specification. We’ll ensure we retain the charm and character of your original Victorian or Georgian property by giving its windows the love and restoration they deserve.

Call us on 0151 528 8030 or email enquiries@yoursashwindows.com for your free survey and quotation.

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