In 1886, the proclaimed, “It is the New York of Europe, a world-city”. The city in question was Liverpool – the place that, according to Disraeli, was the “second city of the Empire”. Yet he was referring to somewhere that in the early 17th century hardly existed at all, doing little more than living up to its old English meaning of ‘creek of muddy water’. But over the next 400 years, that creek evolved to become a surging torrent of a city. A city that was to

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