Tour Locations | Liverpool History and Culture: From the Past to the Present
William Brown Street
Before continuing our walk, we'll stop here at the top of William Brown Street for a minute or so.
The huge column you see is dedicated to the Duke of Wellington. In 1815, at the Battle of Waterloo, Wellington's British army defeated the French armed forces of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, thereby ending the war between their countries. The column was unveiled in 1865 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the victory.
The building opposite you with statues at the entrance is the Walker Art Gallery, opened in 1877. The pollution scarred marble statues are representations of two of the greatest Italian artists, Michelangelo and Raphael. The very much cleaner statue on the top is called Spirit of Liverpool. It was in much the same condition as the others, but the gallery management feared it was in danger of collapse. In 2001, therefore, it was replaced with the new plaster cast version.
The gallery contains an incredible quarter of a million works of art. if you pay a visit inside you can see outstanding work by many world famous artists including French impressionists Manet and Monet; Italian renaissance paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli and the renowned Dutch artist Rembrandt.
If you are able to and want to pay a visit, the gallery is open seven days a week and there is no entrance fee. If you do choose to visit the gallery now, you can close off the tour. When you're done, come back to this spot and start it again by choosing Resume.
Otherwise if you prefer to keep moving, staying on the left hand side, let's now continue our walk down William Brown Street with St. George's Hall on your left.