The Liverpool Maritime Mercantile World Heritage Site was inscribed by UNESCO in July 2004 under the 1972 World Heritage Convention. It is one of only 28 world heritage sites in the UK (2010).
Liverpool Ropewalks is the Duke Street Conservation Area - the old Georgian merchants' area of the city centre built as a result of the 'Old Dock' of 1715 that launched Liverpool as a global port.
The last full review of Liverpool’s historic buildings occurred in the early 1980s.
There have been over 130 subsequent amendments to the list and it now has 1,541 list entries representing some 2,753 separate buildings and monuments. Of these, 27 are grade I listed; 105 grade II*; and 1,409 grade II.
Liverpool has 36 designated conservation areas covering about 1,000 hectares of the city’s total 11,160 hectares – about 9 percent of the city’s area. This protects approximately 19,000 properties.
The 1983 National Heritage Act introduced a national register for parks, gardens and other designed landscapes, including cemeteries.
Liverpool has a fine legacy of parks, gardens and cemeteries of which 10 are included on the national list, one of which is Grade I listed (St James Cemetery and Gardens); three Grade II* and six Grade II. The full list is:
Safeguarding historic monuments dates back to the earliest UK heritage protection legislation from 1882.
Liverpool has only four scheduled monuments: