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Liver Building

Anyone who watched the BBC’s 'Liver Birds' series in the seventies will know Liverpool’s famous Royal Liver Building which stands on the city’s Pier Head overlooking the River Mersey. The building – and its pair of 5.5 metre tall copper liver birds – appeared in the programme’s opening credits.

Head office of the Royal Liver Friendly Society since 1911, the Liver Building is one of Liverpool’s most famous landmarks. It’s 90 metres high with 13 floors and was designed by W Aubrey Thomas. One of Britain’s first skyscrapers when it opened in 1911, it was one of the earliest examples of a multi-storey steel and concrete structure and is a Grade 1 Listed Building. Its two clocks, at 7.6 metres wide, are the biggest in Britain, larger than Big Ben.

Its symbolic significance is just as important as its architectural value. The liver birds on top of the clock towers - a cross between an eagle and a cormorant - are a symbol of the city. Local legend has it that if they fly away Liverpool will cease to exist.

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The Liver birds are an iconic and instantly recognisable image of a great city. As you view them rising imposingly from the banks of the Mersey it is hard not to feel proud.

Ian Rogan


It is just unique. Like the Liverpool People.
TONY ASPINALL


It is just unique. Like the Liverpool People.
TONY ASPINALL


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