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The History of the Ropewalks -Liverpool

..."While the upper classes of the city that once lived in the ropewalks area were now moving of the city,

the city did not stand still..."

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The Ropewalks area is situated within the Riverside Ward of Liverpool, slightly to the south of the main city centre. The land rises from the Liverpool 1 complex at Hanover Street up towards Berry Street and towards Liverpool’s China Town.


These are roads that have taken their history and form from the ‘roperies’ that were founded to service the shipping industry following the building of the world’s first commercial ‘Wet Dock’, which was designed by Thomas Steers on land that was reclaimed from the former ‘Pool’ in 1715.  This is by no means a complete and full historical write up of the Ropewalks, but touches on a good amount of history - past and present views - and historical information.


The Ropewalks is something that its name is more of a mystery and we hope to uncover this history for you so that you can understand the history and background of the Ropewalks, Liverpool. The name ‘Ropewalks’ goes hand in hand with the Duke Street Conservation Area, which is part of Liverpool’s Merchant’s Quarter.  This conservation area was designated in 1988 and has entrusted Liverpool City Council to look after, protect and watch over this part of the city. Its history that has origins from the 18th Century growth of Liverpool associated with the expansion as a trading port and the starting of the industrial revolution.