The Oratory

Built in 1827 and Grade I listed, was originally the chapel for St James’ Cemetery which in turn was a former quarry. It is now a public park lined with gravestones cataloguing the deaths of orphans, sailors, passengers and others whose final resting place was Hope Street. In its centre stands the memorial to William Huskisson, a popular politician ignobly famous for being the first person to be killed by a train, at the inaugural run of the Rocket in 1830. In front of the Oratoryis ‘Roman Standard’ by Tracy Emin, a counterpoint to the city’s large masculine neo classical sculpture. The life sized bird perched on a pole is a symbol of Liverpool and represents strength with femininity.