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About the film

A description of the Mersey from its source in the Derbyshire hills to its estuary below Liverpool.


Release year
Production company
Liberty Films
John Finn
Gordon Duncalf
S.D. Onions
Lionel Gamlin
M.C. Chorlton
Running time (minutes)
09 mins 11 secs

Original Description

The Mersey – Liverpool’s River
'Near Buxton, in beautiful surroundings, rises a little stream, the Goyt. On its way to the sea the Goyt is joined by other rivers to become the great Mersey, one of the main arteries of Great Britain's industry. At Stockport, the river loses its rural beauty and becomes a commercial waterway, spanned at Runcorn by the largest Transporter bridge in the world.
Further down, the Manchester Ship Canal joins the now mighty river. So on to where stand Birkenhead and Liverpool, two of England's greatest ports, linked together by the great engineering achievement, the Mersey Tunnel. In these two towns, mile upon mile of docks confront the eye, as befits the gateways of the New World.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1941)


  • At 05:10 ‘Merseyway’ in Stockport can be seen. In 1965 this area would become Merseyway Shopping Centre, among the first UK shopping precincts.
  • Many of the companies that appear in Merseyside, such as Edmondson’s and Tate & Lyle Ltd., are still operating today.