This started life as a ‘simple’ chap book…. I had some vintage paper left over from the Orwell print and borrowed some wood letters.
I had two half tone blocks made and had been experimenting with them in black and white and colour and wanted to use the prints. My preoccupation with the state of the country and perennial worries about the future all came together … and the book was born.
This was a derive along the Dock Road in Liverpool. The Dock Road as it exists today is mostly down to Jesse Hartley who was the Dock Engineer between 1824 and 1860. He built many of the docks still in existence today including the Brunswick, Waterloo, Victoria, Stanley and the Bramley Moore Dock which is the site of the new Everton Football Stadium.
There are many Grade two listed buildings along its seven mile stretch…the Herculaneum steps, the Carriage Ramps and Steps that led to a bridge over the Cheshire Lines Railway, the Hydraulic Station at Toxteth Dock, the Customs Depot, the Gatekeeper’s Lodge and Hydraulic Tower at Wapping, Mann Island Pumping Station, George’s Dock Ventilation and Control Tower.. to name a few.
This project took up most of a year but was ultimately abandoned…