Langton Dock

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British Empire Dockyards and Ports, 1909

Langton Dock is a dock on the River Mersey, England and part of the Port of Liverpool. It is situated in the northern dock system in Bootle, connected to Alexandra Dock to the north and Brocklebank Dock to the south. Langton Dock locks provide a working connection to the river; one of the two remaining operational river entrances in the northern dock system.

Officially opened in 1881, the dock had been partially in use since 1879. It was named after William Langton, a member of the dock committee, and a former Chairman of the Bank of Liverpool. As originally built, Langton Dock consisted of a basin adjoining the river wall, with a branch dock and two graving docks to the east. Access from the river was initially via Canada Basin.[1]

Subsequent modifications were made to Langton Dock and the surrounding basins during the twentieth century to improve access. This included the construction of the Langton Dock river entrance, which was eventually opened on 14 December 1962 after a delay of some years.[1]

The branch dock and graving docks were filled in, providing parking spaces for vehicles using the former Brocklebank Dock ferry terminal to Belfast, Northern Ireland. On the closure of the Pier Head's Princes Landing Stage, the remaining dock basin was occasionally used as terminal for the start of cruises, accommodating cruise ships. However since the opening of the Liverpool cruise liner terminal in 2013, Langton Dock has ceased to berth cruise liners.[2]

The Langton Dock Pump House is on the Victorian Society's list of endangered buildings.[3]


  1. ^ a b Langton Dock, International Centre for Digital Content, retrieved 5 July 2008 
  2. ^ Mersey base for luxury liner, Liverpool Daily Post, 7 July 2007, retrieved 5 July 2008 
  3. ^ "Langton Dock Pumphouse, Bootle, Merseyside". The Victorian Society. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 

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Coordinates: 53°26′37″N 3°00′33″W / 53.4436°N 3.0092°W / 53.4436; -3.0092