LIVERBIRD

gothgirl

Wallasey, United Kingdom

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The modern popularity of the symbol largely dates to 1911, when the Royal Liver Friendly Society built a new headquarters in the heart of Liverpool at the Pier Head, overlooking the River Mersey.

The building – the Liver Building – is probably the best-known building in the city. It is crowned with twin clock towers, each topped with a cormorant-like liver bird designed by Carl Bernard Bartels and constructed by the Bromsgrove Guild. This prominent display of two liver birds rekindled the idea that the liver was a mythical bird that once haunted the local shoreline. According to popular legend, they are a male and female pair, the female looking out to sea, (watching for the seamen to return safely home) whilst the male looks towards the city (making sure the pubs are open). Local legend also holds that the birds face away from each other as, if were they to mate and fly away, the city would cease to exist. In fact, they were indeed designed to watch the City (Our People) and the Sea (Our Prosperity).

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