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Wapping Dock is a dock on the River Mersey, England, and part of the Port of Liverpool. It is situated in the southern dock system, connected to Salthouse Dock to the north, Queen's Dock to the south. King's Dock was originally located to the west, but has since been filled in.

Wapping Dock
Wapping Warehouse 2.jpg
Warehouse at Wapping Dock
LocationLiverpool, United Kingdom
Coordinates53°23′50″N 2°59′15″W / 53.3971°N 2.9874°W / 53.3971; -2.9874Coordinates: 53°23′50″N 2°59′15″W / 53.3971°N 2.9874°W / 53.3971; -2.9874
OS gridSJ344893
OwnerCanal & River Trust[1]
TypeWet dock
Area5 acres (2.0 ha), 499 sq yd (417 m2)[2]
Width at entrance50 ft (15 m)[3]
Quay length1,815 yd (1,660 m)[2]
Hydraulic Tower and Gate Keepers Lodge


The dock was opened in 1852. It was named after the road it runs alongside and which also gave its name to the Wapping Tunnel.

The large brick warehouse built in 1856 along the eastern side of the dock was designed by Jesse Hartley. The building is of a similar architectural style to the warehouses surrounding the nearby Albert Dock. When originally built, it was 232 m (254 yd) long and consisted of five separate sections.[4] Bombed in the May Blitz of 1941, the badly damaged southernmost section was not rebuilt, with only the supporting cast iron columns remaining in situ.[5] The remainder of the building continued in commercial use, even after the dock closed in 1972.[6] The warehouse was restored and converted into residential apartments in 1988 and is Grade II* listed.[5]


  1. ^ "Liverpool Canal Link Skipper's Guide" (PDF). Canal & River Trust. August 2015. p. 2. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b Baines 1859, Part II, p. 100
  3. ^ Baines 1859, Part II, p. 117
  4. ^ "Wapping basin and warehouse". Liverpool World Heritage. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008.
  5. ^ a b Albert Dock Conservation Area, Liverpool World Heritage, retrieved 6 July 2009
  6. ^ Trading Places: Wapping Dock, Liverpool Museums, archived from the original on 27 June 2009, retrieved 6 July 2009


Further readingEdit

  • McCarron, Ken; Jarvis, Adrian (1992). Give a Dock a Good Name?. Birkenhead: Merseyside Port Folios. pp. 101–102. ISBN 9780951612941. OCLC 27770301.

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