The Duke Street area of Liverpool, including Berry Street, Bold Street and Hanover Street, lies to the south of the city centre and has more recently become known as "RopeWalks'. The term Ropewalks is a relatively modern description. It takes its name from the craft of rope-making for sailing ships that dominated the area until the 19th century. It is characterised by its long, straight streets running parallel to each other. It is said that the streets were built in this way to allow rope manufacturers to lay the ropes out lengthways during production. The area consists of the south west part of the Duke Street Conservation Area plus two warehouses on College Lane and the Bluecoat Chambers on School Lane.


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