Tue 08 Feb 2022
|Brief History of Liverpool &
Its Humour. - Stuart McNulty
part, of a two-part talk, covered the timeline of
Liverpool's history from the 13th century to the present
day. It did not warrant a mention in the Doomsday Book
and, for hundreds of years, it grew only very slowly as
a small port by the banks of the Mersey.
By the 17th
and 18th centuries, due to Britain's growing American
and West Indies trade, that included, slaves, sugar,
cotton, tobacco, and its position on the west coast, it
overtook established ports like Bristol and Lancaster.
The construction of a radical dock system that allowed for much
larger vessels to dock and move within it, without entering the
river, helped Liverpool in becoming a major world port.
was just one of many aspects that Stuart mentioned, not just
shipping related, but also in construction, railways, the
diverse mix of its people and their accents, that make Liverpool
the distinctive city it is today..
The second part of the
talk took a radical turn as Stuart concentrated on the 'dry'
style of humour that, he said, is distictive to the city, in
part moulded by the diverse mix of its population. He then, in
his Scouse lilt, delivered a stream of anecdotes and jokes, that
raised giggles and laughter from the audience.
different, but no less interesting and entertaining talk, to
brighten up a February evening.
Meeting Room, Primrose Gardens, Fleet
Street, Chorley. PR7 2EE