Lead or Rumour info - Langton Dock Pump House (Liverpool, Aug, 2017)

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28DL Regular User
Regular User
Aug 23, 2017
Spotted this on a ramble along the outer dock walls. Google implies it’s well known, on a top ten list of endangered buildings produced by the Victorian society:

“A red-brick sentinel stands slowly crumbling at the edge of a container park. Its ornate appearance belies a practical role: it originally contained the steam engine to operate the locks at Langton Dock.

Later on, as shipping declined, the dock was left to languish; time, neglect, and Atlantic rain have left the pumphouse looking cragged and derelict. Thanks to its remote location, however, the usual stalkers of abandoned buildings, crime and vandalism, have bypassed it.

The pumphouse is certainly savable and should be regarded – like many buildings on the docks – as a valuable example of Britain’s seafaring history as well as a dramatic piece of architecture. The port owners should repair this impressive building and the council should pressure them to ensure that the work is carried out. It could, perhaps, find a new role as a unique and striking dock office.”

The building is surrounded by a busy container port, with the attendant security. A polite request at the main gate to take some pics was refused. Consequently returned some time later on a fine summer’s evening and walked in by a ‘non-standard’ route. Took a few snaps of the exterior, and was just heading to the invitingly open door when security arrived. Foiled again - the security lady’s main concern seemed to be that I wasn’t wearing a high vis jacket!

Pics - nothing special, you’ll find similar on google.
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28DL Regular User
Regular User
Nov 19, 2009
Good effort I've try this several times and always been put off by security at the gate, i think trespass laws are different port side..i really want to see this inside.


28DL Regular User
Regular User
Aug 23, 2017
Yes, although the building is wide open its a bit of a problem getting in without some sort of invisibility cloak.
Should anyone feel inclined, approach from the water might be possible, but this dock gets two container ships a day - the morning one docks right in front of the pumphouse (can see it on googlearth; the evening one docks round the corner)


off the wall
Regular User
Jan 12, 2011
looks a lovely building, but is this really a report as such? sorry if I'm speaking out of turn, but all I see is two very nice external shots...


28DL Regular User
Regular User
Aug 23, 2017
Agreed - this is really a fail . I just stuck it up a challenge. Also a lesson learnt: don't faff around trying to get nice pics of the outside - go straight in.


Super Moderator
Staff member
Oct 20, 2005
I tried years ago and got caught when I was almost in.

The guy was sound and told me he used to let people in before security got tighter. He said there was a huge chalk pin up in the main room, I guess similar to the one in the 6 sided clock.

I hope someone gets in one day before it becomes a roofless ruin

The Kwan

Easily Led
Regular User
Mar 28, 2011
It is lovely, I know that Lyster built the dock itself but the pump house looks like the work of jesse Hartley, however unless Peel Holdings can make yuppie flats or a shopping complex out of it they just dont give a flying fuck about its wellbeing or lack of.