The Welsh influence in Liverpool is the result of migration from Wales into the city of Liverpool, beginning in the 18th century . These migrants came in search of work and made a huge impression on Liverpool. In the the first decades of the 19th century, 10% of the people in Liverpool originated in Wales.
The most striking legacy of those migrants is the Liverpool accent we know today. It unique sound and up and down intonation is directly influenced by Welsh. The Welsh Streets is an area of south Liverpool that was built by Welsh workers and the houses were designed by a Welsh architect.
According to plans drawn up by Liverpool City Council in the 2000s the whole of the Welsh Streets area was to be demolished, including the birth house of Ringo Starr, and replaced by new housing. Luckily that didn’t happen.
This report is part of my multilingual publication the Audiovisual Magazine. A version of the article has been on my website aidan.co.uk since 2015. It’s been the third most popular article on my site for some time
In the videos, I use a unique format in which the script displayed on screen. This is for the benefit of learners of both languages and for people with a disability.
I’ve produced a PDF, with the script, vocab and exercises, which is available to my students. Please get in touch if you’d like a copy.
My final words in the video are diolch am fawr, the Welsh for thank you very much.