Fascinating photos that show how Liverpool's Albert Dock used to look
Far from the flourishing waterfront Liverpool prides itself on today, the photos show the dock as a shell of its recaptured glory
Nowadays when we think of Liverpool's Royal Albert Dock our thoughts immediately turn to its many bustling restaurants and bars and the breathtaking views on offer.
However, the Albert Dock that many of us know and love today is world's away from its former self.
Despite now being described as a bustling hub and one of the must-see destinations for visitors to Liverpool there is no escaping the area's history.
Mud-filled, derelict and decaying up until the late 1980s, it could have been a symbol for Liverpool's economic decline.
Back in September 2019, we took a look at some arresting and atmospheric photos that truly capture what Albert Dock once looked like.
It followed photographer George Jones unearthing four previously unseen photos of Albert Dock which offered a snapshot of the city in a very different era.
Some of the pictures show the disused dock was a playground for youngsters, long before the days of health and safety, with abandoned cars dumped in the area.
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At one point, serious consideration was given whether to demolish the dock buildings in preparation for it to be turned into a car park.
Fortunately, common sense prevailed and it is now one of the most visited attractions in the UK outside London, with tourists keen to admire the largest single collection of Grade I listed buildings anywhere in the country.
It's all a very long way from how it used to look, as these pictures from the late 1960s to the 1980s reveal.