Panorama Derby Square plus Monument

Liverpool

Victoria Monument in Derby Square

Courts and Derby Square

Liverpool was where David Maxwell Fyfe first embarked on his 'Political Adventure.' However the city has changed since he was living and working there. After Oxford he studied law and was called the Bar in 1922. Among his colleagues at the courts was Hartley Shawcross who later was involved as Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials. The Courts he worked at have been replaced by the new Queen Elizabeth II Courts. The only remaining architecture he might have known is the Victoria Monument which was erected in 1906 on the site of the former Liverpool Castle. The monument stands in the centre of Derby Square which is an oasis of calm in the busy city. People seem to use the square to eat their lunch or have a bit of peace and quiet. As the court building was entirely changed from when Maxwell Fyfe was there, it was difficult to feel an immediate sense of history as in Edinburgh for instance where the views from the hills remain unchanged.

Panorama of Derby Square

Derby Square

'The beginning of my lifelong legal and political connection could not have been less inspiring. It was raining when I arrived, and continued to rain almost without intermission for the following six weeks. I did not know a soul in this vast, cloud-enshrouded, mushy and weeping city.'
from David Maxwell-Fyfe's autobiography, Political Adventure

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Panorama Dockside

On the Dockside

'The Chambers into which I went were 25 Lord Street - the address the Law List which had once been that of F E Smith - and had another entrance into Harrington Street, which runs parralell to Lord Street.'
from David Maxwell-Fyfe's autobiography, Political Adventure

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Panorama Docks

Albert Docks from the International Slavery Museum

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