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The Kwan
October 21st, 2011, 23:52
Blurb stolen shamelessly from Mr maybenot, I met Maybenot and Xan on the dock road in liverpool to visit the tower, Maybenot had visited once before and kindly gave us the tour....never met a real nightowl until I met maybenot and after four explores with him I can only confirm that sleep does not get in his way when a good explore is on the cards..cheers.

the blurb
Victoria Tower is a Grade II listed Gothic style clock tower located alongside Salisbury Dock in Liverpool, England. Positioned among the two river entrance gates to the Salisbury Dock itself, the tower acted as an aid to ships by providing both an accurate time and also warning of impending meteorological changes.

History
Victoria Tower was designed by Jesse Hartley and was constructed between 1847 and 1848, to commemorate the opening of Salisbury Dock. Its design was based upon an earlier drawing by Philip Hardwick in 1846.

Victoria Tower, which was often referred to as the 'docker's clock', was built as an aid to ships in the port, as it allowed them to set the correct time as they sailed out into the Irish Sea, while its bell warned of impending meteorological changes such as high tide and fog. Upon its completion is also served as a flat for the Pier Master.

In 1975, the building was added to the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest with Grade II status.


The Tower Today
Due to the decline in docking within Liverpool, the tower has fallen into a state of disrepair suffering significant decay due to both water and wind damage. The tower is also overgrown with vegetation and has a leaking roof. Nonetheless, despite being in a state of dereliction, Victoria Tower is part of the Stanley Dock Conservation Area and also Liverpool's World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City.

In April 2010, it was announced that Victoria Tower, along with several other buildings around Clarence and Salisbury docks, would be repaired by owners, Peel Holdings. The tower and the areas around it are also included in the proposed 5.5bn regeneration programme, Liverpool Waters.

The tower itself, the third Jesse hartley structure that I have visited to date, all these are lightpainted with a headlight so are not perfect,

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p183/paulc_2007/Victoria%20six%20faced%20clock%20tower/300_8240.jpg

Inside on one of the floors you can see Wallasey town hall through one window and new brighton through the next window the lighting is shit but it was all painted with a headlight.
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Inside the spiral staircase is so worn that in some parts stairs are completely missing.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p183/paulc_2007/Victoria%20six%20faced%20clock%20tower/stairs.jpg

some gorgeous graff from 1945

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p183/paulc_2007/Victoria%20six%20faced%20clock%20tower/300_8157.jpg

the six way clock mechanism, a bit blurry but with 17 stones of bloke effing about on the top of the wooden frame, what can you expect,,could be Xan or maybenot Lolo.

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p183/paulc_2007/Victoria%20six%20faced%20clock%20tower/sixwaymech.jpg

a crusty old door lock from a door that had fallen off its hinges.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p183/paulc_2007/Victoria%20six%20faced%20clock%20tower/doorhandle.jpg


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and some from the outside of this gorgeous GORGEOUS building by far the highlight for me.

The funny light source in the sky is a ryan air jet that was coming in to land at John lennon Airport, 15 seconds worth of light trail.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p183/paulc_2007/Victoria%20six%20faced%20clock%20tower/300_8210.jpg

Liverpool City centre in the background.
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p183/paulc_2007/Victoria%20six%20faced%20clock%20tower/lpoolsky.jpg

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p183/paulc_2007/Victoria%20six%20faced%20clock%20tower/300_8211.jpg

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p183/paulc_2007/Victoria%20six%20faced%20clock%20tower/dock1.jpg

The roof..top of the shop

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p183/paulc_2007/Victoria%20six%20faced%20clock%20tower/300_8200.jpg

Thanks for looking.

oh one more that i took from the stanley dock ware house that shows this beautiful six faced clock tower in all its beauty,

http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p183/paulc_2007/Victoria%20six%20faced%20clock%20tower/339715_157247711030436_100002356234067_301321_7746 28299_o.jpg