Stanley Dock

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Jesse Hartley's warehouse, on the north side of Stanley Dock

Stanley Dock is a dock on the River Mersey, England, and part of the Port of Liverpool. It is situated in the Vauxhall area of Liverpool and is part of the northern dock system. The dock is connected to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal to the east and Collingwood Dock to the west. There are two Entrances to Stanley Dock Complex at South End from Regent Road and two at North from Great Howard Street via sets of 3 granite towers. These towers are similar in design to the towers in other Liverpool docks and originally had sliding gates set into the thickness of the wall.[1] There is also a link to the canal which opened in 1848, via the bridge under Great Howard Street, also designed by Hartley.

Designed by Jesse Hartley, it opened in 1848.[2][3] The original quay warehouses are of a similar design to those at Albert Dock and are grade II* listed buildings. Part of the northern quay warehouse was demolished after sustaining damage in an air raid during the Second World War;[4] its remaining parts are in a "poor" condition on the Heritage at Risk register 2011 but have been approved for redevelopment.[5] The southern quay warehouse remains, however no longer on a quay as in 1901 the south part of the dock was filled in to build the large Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse. The tobacco warehouse stands between the new quay between and the older souther quay warehouse.

The dock is the focal point of the Stanley Dock Conservation Area.[6] In 2006, work commenced on a £20 million extension of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, providing a further 1.4 miles of navigable waterway[7] towards the Pier Head. As of March 2007, plans have been unveiled for the warehouses to be redeveloped into office space and a total of 930 apartments. The plans involve digging out the centre of the tobacco warehouse to create a garden-filled courtyard.[8]

The site featured as part of the Most Haunted Live! Liverpool investigation in January 2009 and in the 2011 superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger.

On 3 December 2012, the body of 25-year-old Thomas Burns was found in Stanley Dock after being missing for two weeks.


  1. ^ "Nomination of Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City for Inscription on the World Heritage List" (PDF). UNESCO. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Stanley Dock Warehouse Complex". Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "NORTH WAREHOUSE, STANLEY DOCK, LIVERPOOL". English Heritage. English Heritage. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Stanley Dock, showing war damage sustained in an earlier raid, 1942, Merseyside Maritime Museum, retrieved 12 April 2008 
  5. ^ Heritage at Risk register 2011 North West, pp. 67.
  6. ^ Stanley Dock Conservation Area, Liverpool World Heritage, retrieved 12 April 2008 
  7. ^ Liverpool Canal Link: The Scheme, British Waterways, retrieved 12 April 2008 
  8. ^ Stanley Dock transformed, Liverpool Echo, 27 March 2007, retrieved 12 April 2008 

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Coordinates: 53°25′18″N 2°59′55″W / 53.4216°N 2.9985°W / 53.4216; -2.9985