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    I still find the old buildings better than all the Lego ones we are putting up


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    Oh I do agree with you Gregs dad and you take the most beautiful photo's.

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    I was down town today on dale St thinking very much the same, what if the germans had hit dale street a lot harder, what would it look like today?


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    Agree totally, the new buildings are too souless for a good pic even If It's composed good.

    The companies building these new buildings have terrible taste In architecture.
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    A Lovely picture GD, I wish we still retained all the older buildings that have been destroyed, [see Liverpool buildings lost] arent we lucky with what we still have, how on Earth did the Liverbirds not get bombed during the war?!!
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    Brill pics.
    Yeah the new glass & metal buildings do nothing for me.

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    Even mundane housing. Will the people of tomorrow be taking pictures of what is now all these new red brick estates. Not a patch on Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian Liverpool.
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    And here`s one of Legoland,taken the same day
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    A Lovely picture GD, I wish we still retained all the older buildings that have been destroyed, [see Liverpool buildings lost] arent we lucky with what we still have, how on Earth did the Liverbirds not get bombed during the war?!!
    The Liver Building could be seen from the air for miles around so the Jerries used it as a location finder, Kev.
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    The Liver Building could be seen from the air for miles around so the Jerries used it as a location finder, Kev.
    The same with the cathedral, although the cathedral was damaged during WW2. The art-deco tunnel vent shaft was heavily bombed too. I don't think the Germans spared anything, they just bombed what they could.

    From the air the docks are easy to see, they reflect. All they needed was the cathedral as a marker to get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post
    And here`s one of Legoland,taken the same day
    I think those new buildings are superb. Unity is distinctive. The rejected Brunswick Tower was superb. How a poverty stricken city can turn down such a billion pound proposal, and from a local company too, is beyond me. The sooner there is political change in the city the better. The money will not be there for ever. You take it while you can. This bunch are amateurs.
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    ... From the air the docks are easy to see, they reflect. All they needed was the cathedral as a marker to get there.
    It was common belief that the German pilots used Dublin (it was not in blackout) to find Liverpool. The decoy fires lit on the Dee shores were completely ineffective.

    Interestingly there were reports of parachute land mines dropped on Liverpool and Wirral supposedly designed to explode upon rooftop contact. Actually they were shipping mines intended for the Mersey but aiming accuracy was poor to non-existent. My father worked maintaining Minesweepers at the docks after he was invalided out of the Merchant Navy. Wallasey Ferries had a contract from the Admiralty. They were kept pretty busy, the minesweepers engine mounts took quite a battering - though the sailors did manage a little bit of blackmarket trawling now and then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyBlack View Post
    It was common belief that the German pilots used Dublin (it was not in blackout) to find Liverpool. The decoy fires lit on the Dee shores were completely ineffective.
    The Germans did use Dublin as a guide. DeValera put extra lights in Dublin too. The German bombers would take off from France and fly up the Irish Sea. Dublin lit up to the left and turn directly east and Liverpool, the main convoy port, directly ahead. Nice people eh.

    The decoys on the Dee did work to an extent. Some bombs were dropped over there. Not many but they could have blown an ammunition ship...never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drone_pilot View Post
    I was down town today on dale St thinking very much the same, what if the germans had hit dale street a lot harder, what would it look like today?


    These photos are just magnificent.. I love these old buildings.. YES, the new ones are very colorful with the lego blocks mixing up the colors, etc.., but, the architecture on the Liver Buildings are superb The old buildings keep the feeling of Liverpool intact.. It is what should be kept intact...It is majestic ..a feeling of pride to still have these buildings still standing ... Love the Liverbirds.. ....

    As a foreigner looking in... I say to you people of Liverpool.. it is what people from abroad come to see... Keep it alive ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by naked lilac View Post
    These photos are just magnificent.. I love these old buildings.. YES, the new ones are very colorful with the lego blocks mixing up the colors, etc.., but, the architecture on the Liver Buildings are superb The old buildings keep the feeling of Liverpool intact.. It is what should be kept intact...It is majestic ..a feeling of pride to still have these buildings still standing ... Love the Liverbirds.. ....

    As a foreigner looking in... I say to you people of Liverpool.. it is what people from abroad come to see... Keep it alive ....
    I couldn't agree with you more. You should have seen what we lost!!!! Civil vandalism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    The Germans did use Dublin as a guide. DeValera put extra lights in Dublin too. The German bombers would take off from France and fly up the Irish Sea. Dublin lit up to the left and turn directly east and Liverpool, the main convoy port, directly ahead. Nice people eh.

    The decoys on the Dee did work to an extent. Some bombs were dropped over there. Not many but they could have blown an ammunition ship...never know.
    The Welsh in North Wales also lit fires pointing the direction of Liverpool.

    Getting back to the thread. I think the older buidings are far better than the new - although some new ones are o.k.
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    Is there really any historic evidence that the Irish and the Welsh lit fires to better direct German bombers to Liverpool? I find it very hard to believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark R View Post
    The Welsh in North Wales also lit fires pointing the direction of Liverpool.
    No. The idea was to kid the bombers that Liverpool was on the Dee and direct bombers away from Liverpool.
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    That sounds more like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    No. The idea was to kid the bombers that Liverpool was on the Dee and direct bombers away from Liverpool.
    See http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/m...litz/blitz.asp
    The RAF also lit decoy fires on the sands of the Dee estuary, close to the Wirral shore, to confuse the enemy bombers. These succeeded in attracting many bombs that would otherwise have landed on Merseyside.

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    This is one of my favourite Liverpool buildings. Now sadly being left to rot. One of the last buildings designed by the renowed Liverpool architect, J. Francis Doyle. I particularly like the sundial clock.
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    Thanks Howie - interesting read.


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