Liverpool has a rich maritime history centered round The Albert Dock, which opened in 1846. Built from cast iron, brick and stone, it was the world’s first non-combustible warehouse system. Advances in ship design unfortunately meant that within a relatively short space of time it could not cope with the larger structure of cargo ships so by 1920 there were hardly any commercial ships sailing into the dock. The buildings, however, were granted Grade I listed building status in 1952, so we are very lucky to still be able to appreciate its fine architectural qualities.
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