Manchester Dock excavation

vertical wooden beam set in the brickwork of a dock, with carved numbers to show depth

Tidal gauge pictured in-situ in Manchester Dock. Accession number MLL.2007.14.110 

Spotlight display

What was here and how do we know?

The History Detectives gallery includes a series of small spotlight displays about local sites, exploring what we know about Merseyside’s past and how.

The site of the Museum of Liverpool

Before the Museum of Liverpool was built archaeologists investigated the site and found the Manchester Dock and Chester basin. These had been built in an area of land reclaimed from the River Mersey, created by dumping tonnes of waste pottery from local industry.

Further information

broken fragments of crockery jug, pieced together to show most of a poem printed on it

Accession number MLL.2007.14.130

The verse on this fragment of a transfer-printed creamware jug, one of the finds in the Manchester Dock excavation, reads:

Let the weathly and great
Roll in splender and state
I envy them not I declare it
I eat my own Lamb
My Chickens and Ham
I shear my own fleece and wear it
I have Lawns I have bowers
I have Fruit I have Flowers
The Lark is my Morning alarmer
So my jolly Boys how
[missing word] God speed the plough

The rest of the verse is missing.