Thursday, 2 August 2012
Mann Island, Liverpool
Originally an island in the River Mersey called Mersey Island. Created between the docks off Liverpool. Renamed Mann Island in 1784 after oil-stone dealer John Mann. When George's Dock was filled in (the present site of the Liver Building and its two companions) it ceased to be an 'island'.
Lowry refers to Mann Island in his short story 'Goya The Obscure'; “A dockside train … was rumbling… beneath the Overhead Railway bridges in the direction of Mann Island and Canning Dock”.(Pg.278) and his first novel Ultramarine; "with its diminutive engine is rumbling along cautiously beneath the Overhead Railway bridges in the direction of Mann Island and ..." (Pg. 70).