Panoramic view of Liverpool, 1860

Old photo of the Liverpool waterfront with sailing ships in the river

Explore an early view of the famous Liverpool waterfront, showing crowded docks and a skyline bristling with masts.  It was taken by a local photographer, G Berry of James Street, Liverpool, in 1860.  Photographs from this period are very rare, as photography was in its early days.  It is also a very early example of a panoramic photograph, made from three separate prints put together.

Detail of old photo of the Liverpool waterfront showing the famous clock tower

Detail from the left of the panorama showing ships on the Mersey and the masts of many more in the docks in the background. The 'docker's clock' tower is just visible on the left.

Detail of old photo of the Liverpool waterfront, showing the church

Detail from the centre of the panorama showing St Nicholas's church on the left 

Detail of old photo of the Liverpool waterfront, showing the Albert Dock

Detail from just right of the centre of the panorama showing a ship approaching Albert Dock 

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