Results in Liverpool, North-West England
LIVERPOOL is thought to derive its name from a tidal creek called a Lifrig or clotted stream. Long-since filled-in, the creek joined the Mersey near here. Later called 'the pool', the stream name could be related to the Norwegian Lifra, meaning stream with thick water. Norwegian Vikings settled in the Liverpool area in the 10th century, with many originating from Dublin where they had lived for almost a century. Liverpool underwent significant development as a port in the mid 1600s and quickly out-shone neighbouring Chester, its local rival. Much of Liverpool's growth was due to the increasing trade with America and the East Indies when Liverpool played a major part in the Slave Trade. In the nineteenth century Liverpool became one of Europe's biggest sea ports with its trade based on Lancashire Cotton and Yorkshire Wool. It was often the first port of call for Irish immigrants who were seeking work in England and many of them stayed to settle in Liverpool. There are many fine buildings of the nineteenth century in the city, notably the famous Liver Building, featuring two mythical Liver birds which are said to have founded the city. The centre of Liverpool is dominated by two great cathedrals of the twentieth century. The massive Anglican Cathedral is the older and is built in traditional style, but the more recent Catholic Cathedral demonstrates architectural features that have earned it the local nickname 'Paddy's Wigwam'. Liverpool is also famed as the home of the Albert Dock, now a huge tourist attraction which includes a museum dedicated to the Beatles, Liverpool's most famous sons.