Custom House, Liverpool

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A panoramic view of bomb damage from the Liverpool Blitz; Victoria Monument in foreground, the burned-out shell of the Custom House in middle distance

The Liverpool Custom House was built by John Foster on the site of Liverpool's Old Dock. The foundation stone was laid on 12 August 1828 and the building was completed in 1839.[1] It was badly damaged during the Second World War, and controversially demolished in 1948 to 'ease unemployment in Liverpool'.[2]

It is the subject of a painting by John Atkinson Grimshaw.[3]


  1. ^ Muir 1913, p. 90
  2. ^ "The Custom House". Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "£397,000 for Grimshaw's 'Dock'". Scarborough Evening News. 21 December 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 


Further reading[edit]

  • Rideout, Eric Hardwicke (1928). The Custom House, Liverpool. Liverpool: William C. Elly. 

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Coordinates: 53°24′09″N 2°59′19″W / 53.4024068°N 2.9885602°W / 53.4024068; -2.9885602