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    Default Does Liverpool really have more Georgian buildings than Bath?

    I recently had a discussion with Mike Chitty of the Wavertree Society in which two old chestnuts came up. The first, that Liverpool has more listed buildings than any other city outside of London, simply is not true according to Mike. That honour goes to Bradford – and he has checked it up [...]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin Wilkinson View Post
    I recently had a discussion with Mike Chitty of the Wavertree Society in which two old chestnuts came up. The first, that Liverpool has more listed buildings than any other city outside of London, simply is not true according to Mike. That honour goes to Bradford – and he has checked it up [...]

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    Genuine Georgian or are you including Victorian imitations? Or are we talking listed buildings? Again, not necessarily the same thing...

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    In my blog, I made the point that most of Liverpool's 'Georgian' buildings were Regency/early Victorian unlike Bath where the buildings are true Georgian (before 1820). Georgian is a style of architecture and Liverpool's buildings count on that basis.
    The separate point I raised about listed buildings was to draw attention to the danger of making unsubstantiated claims about the city that become part of the mythology used to promote it. I am all in favour of raising Liverpool's image - it has some fantastic architecture - but not if false premises are made that will potentially be embarrassing at a later date.

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    I suppose it's natural enough, to assume people have checked the relevant info',before they make those sort of statements! The one about the number of Georgian buildings,has been around for a while,and undisputed.....till now! The truth should be told

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    Nice one Colin.

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    • Georgian architecture? That is the style and that can also be a new building.
    • Buildings built in the Georgian era tat are still erect?


    I would like any new buildings in or on the edge of the Georgian Quarter built in the same style.
    Georgian style buildings have been continually built for over 200 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    • Georgian architecture? That is the style and that can also be a new building.
    • Buildings built in the Georgian era tat are still erect?


    I would like any new buildings in or on the edge of the Georgian Quarter built in the same style.
    Georgian style buildings have been continually built for over 200 years.
    Nice bit of spin WW.

    Georgian building's should really be classed by the era in which they were built...certainly no later than 1837, when Victoria came to the throne. Some speculator's suggest no later than 1830, with the death of King George IV - he was also Prince Regent during his father's reign, during the madness of George III. Therefore we have the 'Regency era' running in parallel with the Georgian era, from 1811-1820, and when George III died, the Prince Regent became King George IV reigning 1820 - 1830. His brother, William IV, followed in a short reign from 1830 - 1837, and therefore ending the Georgian era for some.

    Georgian era periods often cited:

    1714 - 1811 Prince Regent takes over from his mad father King George III
    1714 - 1820 On the Death of mad King George III.
    1714 - 1830 On the death of King George IV [he was also Prince Regent 1811-1820]
    1714 - 1837 On the death of King William IV. This period is less often included...because his name's William, and not George.

    1837 Queen Victoria accends the throne. Incidentally Victoria herself [niece of William IV] was the last member of the House of Hanover [1714 - 1901].

    The popular vote is that the Georgian era is 1714 - 1830, signifying the end of the four successive king's named 'George'. The period 1830 -1837, under William IV, leaves an uncomfortable gap disliked by historians so much, and have often cited this period as late Georgian...just to fill the space between the Georgian and Victorian eras. All however, belong to the German House of Hanover.



    So the claim, Liverpool has more Georgian buildings than Bath [a Georgian town], as much as I'd like to believe it, is more than likely to be false.

    I'll wait for the claim, Liverpool has more Georgian-styled buildings than Bath, here we may succeed?

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    Thanks Colin,
    Interesting contributions coming out in the thread. I'd always accepted the Georgian claim without really thinking about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dazza View Post
    Nice bit of spin WW.

    Georgian building's should really be classed by the era in which they were built...certainly no later than 1837,
    I disagree. It is a style. Georgian styles were the first mass produced houses. You could buy the plans off the shelf, that is why they were so numerous and they are all the same style types. By looking at detail you can see when it was made as standard plans changed. Builders merchants catered for the contents like standard sized windows, doors, Welsh slate tiles, etc. They were built in the UK, USA, Canada and other colonies. They have been continually built since pre 1837.

    Pre 1837 building still erect in Liverpool, irrespective of style may be more than Bath.

    Georgian "styled buildings? Bath.

    One thing is clear Liverpool did have more buildings built before 1837 and more Georgian "styled" buildings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    I disagree. It is a style. Georgian styles were the first mass produced houses. You could buy the plans off the shelf, that is why they were so numerous and they are all the same style types. By looking at detail you can see when it was made as standard plans changed. Builders merchants catered for the contents like standard sized windows, doors, Welsh slate tiles, etc. They were built in the UK, USA, Canada and other colonies. They have been continually built since pre 1837.

    Pre 1837 building still erect in Liverpool, irrespective of style may be more than Bath.

    Georgian "styled buildings? Bath.

    One thing is clear Liverpool did have more buildings built before 1837 and more Georgian "styled" buildings.
    Well, it can mean 'era', or 'style' [associated with that era]. Just like we can refer to St George's Hall as being a 'classical' building, even though we know it's from the Victorian era [started 1841]. So you're right in that a building can be known by the 'style' of the era it refers to.

    'Liverpool has more Georgian buildings than Bath' is a claim [for me] about authenticity, not about style though. If not, then I could equally claim that 'London has more 'classical' buildings than Rome'. Granted, they are in the style of classical Rome, or classical Athens, but no seriously minded person would entertain this claim for a second.

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    I think it should apply and is in fact meant to apply to the era. It's no good Wimpey building Georgian style houses this year and us claiming it as part of the Georgian stock though I do agree that new houses in a particular Georgian area should be sympathetic to that style as in Rice Street facing Ye Crack (below) or when renovated back to their replica - former glory as in Duke Street (below)




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    Mock Georgian is like mock Tudor. It just falls flat on it's face. Great examples Ged.

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    They do not even look Georgian and it is clear were not meant to be.

    I have seen many modern Georgian houses that look 100% Georgian copying the original patterns. The windows and how they are spaced is important in the design. The design is well proportioned that uis what they are well liked despite just "developer" houses. I have seen screw ups as well.

    Mock Tudor looks "mock", being a Tudor mix, usually with planks over brickwork giving the impression is is solid wood. The word Tudor was only used from 1911. There again I have seen authentic looking modern houses that look 100s of years old using an wood timber frame.
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    Re: St Georges Hall is Neo-Classical, simply because the time it was built is significantly after the 'Classical' period. Similarly the Anglican Cathedral is 'Neo-Gothic'. Historians have a nasty habit of pidgeon holeing things into distinct periods, this completely ignores the natural progression of history and the fluidic evolution of taste, style and design.

    I am a great believer in doing away with Liverpools tendancy to have its 'history based upon history' but I can see no real error in the claim that we do have more Georgian buildings than Bath other than in simple numbers.

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    Hi fortinian, I agree with you first point. The second, I'm not sure I fully understand? Liverpool's boast about Georgian buildings is an unsubstantiated claim, which invites deserved criticism from others, as Colin first suggested.

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