From the photos, without context, it looks like a pile of old bricks. The Old Dock was constructed in 1715; it was the world's first commercial enclosed wet dock.
Thomas Steers, one of Britain's leading canal engineers designed the Dock. He converted the mouth of the Pool into a dock with quaysides and a river gate, making it possible for ships to load and unload whatever the state of the tide - a revolutionary facility.
This Dock paved the way to many decades of dock expansion on both sides of the river, Liverpool became a beacon of trade. In the 300 years since it first opened, it has seen Liverpool grow from a small provincial town to a booming centre of commerce. In many ways, it was the catalyst for Liverpool’s growth.
Discovered during excavations in 2001, the internationally-important Old Dock is carefully protected under Liverpool ONE. Developers, Grosvenor, preserved the dock and have made it publicly accessible as an important reminder of Liverpool's historic status.
Kevin Horton, K2 Director, designed the porthole outside John Lewis, offering a glimpse at the Old Dock below. We recommend booking a free tour with guides, Danny and Yazz, through Liverpool Maritime Museum to learn about this fascinating piece of Liverpool history.
It was amazing to see how far Liverpool had come in the past 300 years since the enclosed wet dock was built. Even more impressive is that the wall was still intact; a feat for architecture and engineering to this day. Will any of our buildings still be standing in 300 years, we hope so!