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The Manor House, Hale, Near Liverpool




John Betjemin's poem, 'The Manor House, Hale, near Liverpool' describes the grandeur of the architecture in this region. The influence of Liverpool’s greatness and wealth as a port is seen floating across the whole of Lancashire, ‘O'er Mersey mud and Mersey flood,’ to pervade everything it touches, ‘While near and far and far and near/ Is Liverpool baroque.’ It is a truly fun piece, which mirrors the brilliant playfulness demonstrated in the baroque designs of the architecture, also Betjemin’s nod towards the speaking clock, is particularly appealing: ‘“Rococo,” says the pendulum, / “Baroque, baroque, baroak.”’

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