Our striking main image this week shows three towering buildings on the Liverpool skyline in July 1989.
Two are cathedrals while the third – the Brunswick Dock grain silo – was known as the ‘Dockers’ Cathedral’ due to its imposing size and presence on the waterfront.
Its days were truly numbered in our photo as the demolition crews had moved in. One side of the silo, owned by the Liverpool Grain Storage and Transit Company, had already been reduced to rubble.
Built in 1936, the enormous structure – housing no less than 320 bins – was the largest concrete grain silo in Europe.
To the left of the silo is the familiar outline of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral – the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Liverpool. Designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd, it was consecrated in 1967.
To the right of the silo is the lofty central tower of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Liverpool – the cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool. It is Britain’s largest cathedral and the eighth largest church in the world.
The silo is merely a memory in our modern photo taken in March 2021. Apartments now border the once bustling waterfront.
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