Hornby Dock

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Hornby Dock
An overview of the Hornby Dock area in June 2009
LocationBootle, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Coordinates53°27′06″N 3°00′46″W / 53.4518°N 3.0129°W / 53.4518; -3.0129Coordinates: 53°27′06″N 3°00′46″W / 53.4518°N 3.0129°W / 53.4518; -3.0129
OS gridSJ326953
OwnerThe Peel Group
OperatorMersey Docks and Harbour Company
TypeWet dock

Hornby Dock was a dock located on the River Mersey, England, and part of the Port of Liverpool. It was situated in the northern dock system in Bootle. It connected to Gladstone Dock to the north and Alexandra Dock to the south and encompassed a sloping quayside.


Northern docks of Liverpool

The dock was built by George Fosbery Lyster between 1880-3.[2] Opened in 1884, Hornby Dock marked the completion of Liverpool dock system's period of expansion in the nineteenth century.[1] The dock was named after Thomas Dyson Hornby, chairman of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board between 1876 and 1889,[3] and was used by the timber trade during its early years.[1] The dock had a lighthouse which, because of its foghorn, was known as the Bootle Bull.[4] The lighthouse was demolished in 1928, being replaced by one built north of Gladstone Dock.[4] In 1940, during World War II, the Hornby River Entrance was bombed and very badly damaged, which restricted use of the dock throughout the war.[1] The dock was still receiving significant traffic by 1992, mainly in the form of general cargo and containers, with new quayside sheds being built.[1]


Apart from an access channel along the river wall, the dock has been filled in to provide additional space for the coal terminal at Gladstone Dock.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e McCarron & Jarvis 1992, pp. 53-55
  2. ^ Pollard & Pevsner 2006, p. 277
  3. ^ "Hornby Dock". Liverpool History Online. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2008.
  4. ^ a b Woolley 1989, p. 26
  5. ^ Trading Places: A History of Liverpool Docks, Liverpool Museums, archived from the original on 28 October 2008, retrieved 16 July 2008


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