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    Default Goree Piazzas Warehousing The Strand Area

    In 1793, and in response to demand, merchants constructed the 'Goree Piazzas', two massive warehouses at the end of what is now The Strand. They housed the vast quantities of colonial goods that flowed in and out of the port, and according to legend the iron rings set into their walls were used to secure slaves. In truth few Africans were ever brought to Liverpool, but the Goree did owe its name to the tiny island off Senegal that served as a marshalling point for millions of slaves en route to the Americas. The famous Royal Liver Building occupies some of the Piazzas original site.
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    I knew about the iron rings being a myth but always thought the Liver was built directly on Georges dock, old maps seem to suggest so. The Goree Piazzas seemed to run on half of what is now the central strip of land seperating the North and Southbound carriageways and the Southbound carriageway itself.
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    It certainly looks like it does Ged, I thought the same thing.
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    always amazes me with pics like these, compared with what it's like now, there never looks like enough room to have fitted it all in.
    Bit like Church St. I'm old enough to remember traffic going along there but now the street doesn't seem wide enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    I knew about the iron rings being a myth but always thought the Liver was built directly on Georges dock, old maps seem to suggest so. The Goree Piazzas seemed to run on half of what is now the central strip of land seperating the North and Southbound carriageways and the Southbound carriageway itself.
    Totally correct Ged. They were bombed in WW2, but salvageable. If we had them today, and renovated, it would be very atmospheric along there. The same with the block between the strand and Castle St, Canning Place, James St.

    Goree is clearly seen here bottom left - 1850-60:

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