Monday, 9 March 2009

Manchester Docks Obliterated by Dr David Fleming and NML

Manchester Destruction

The continuing vandalism of our past by National Museums Liverpool....the very people who should be looking after it

Below is the original dock gates found in tact after laying buried and being missed by the Luftwaffe bombers during the blitz and overnight obliterated by David "fuzzy felt" Fleming of NML

A outrage! While English Heretics watched on idly.

Above is the same view and the bulldozer above was used to claw off the gates which were left in bits like matchsticks awaiting burning.
Is this a real credible organisation that does this with our WHS
Below is a letter to the heritage organisation empowered to protect our scheduled monuments.
THIS IS WHAT NML DO IN A WORLD HERITAGE SITE and then bury it under a museum of Liverpool's couldn't make this up.
A letter from one of our concerned citizens that was ignored until the damage was done.
Julian Fenner,
Heritage Protection Operation,
English Heritage,
1, Waterhouse Square,
138 – 142 Holborn,

3rd April 2007

Dear Julian
I wish to apply for listing of Manchester Dock, Mann Island, Liverpool Pier Head
I enclose :-
1. A map showing the location.
2. A photograph
Discussion :-
Manchester Dock (and the adjacent Chester and Ellesmere Basin) were constructed in 1785.
Although no longer functioning as an active part of the Liverpool Dock system, Manchester Dock is of enormous historic importance, predating the now famous Albert Dock by 60 years.
To put the Manchester Dock into historic context, we must understand that the first enclosed dock to be built in Liverpool (to allow ships to defy the tides of the Mersey estuary) was constructed in 1715. Known as the “Old Dock” this was on the site of the current Canning Place.
An Act of Parliament was granted for construction of a second dock in 1737, this becoming Canning Dock, named in honour of the Rt. Hon. George Canning, who at that time was one of the Members of Parliament for the borough. Subsequent further docks were constructed, notably George’s Dock in 1771. This was named in honour of the reigning monarch George III.
In 1785 an inlet was created between Canning Dock and Georges Dock, which was known as Manchester Dock. In 1818 this small dock was enlarged and converted into a wet dock for coasters. It contained 1 acre 595 sq yds. of water space. Adjoining this small dock existed a basin known as The Chester & Ellesmere Basin. The dock and basin were used as a depot for barges of the Shropshire Union Canal Company, and later The Great Western Railway. In the 19th century it played an important part in Liverpool’s import and export trade – handling coal and manufactured goods (leaving the city) and corn and cotton (coming into the city).
As such, Manchester Dock is of immense national interest, since it defines the birth of Britain’s Industrial Revolution. With some careful renovation, this historic dock can be preserved and also returned to functional use. I therefore request that you consider this for listing.
Thank you for your time in this matter

Yours sincerely,

1 comment:

  1. It would be interesting to read the response to that letter...