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Liverpool waterfront among World Heritage nominations

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Culture secretary Chris Smith has announced the final nomination of proposed World Heritage Sites to rank alongside the Taj Mahal and Grand Canyon.

The 25 sites include Liverpool's waterfront with the famous Liver Building, Kew Gardens, and monastic sites around Jarrow. There are three overseas nominations: Gibraltar fort, Fountain Caves in the West Indies, and Bermuda's town of St George. The nomination process will take up to 10 years, with two or three going to unesco each year.

The other sites in England are: Kent's Chatham naval base; Cornish areas which pioneered deep-cast methods; Darwin's Kent home and workplace near Downe village; Derwent Valley in Derbyshire; the Dorset and East Devon coast; the Lake District; Manchester and Salford early canal sites; Hampshire's New Forest; parts of Brunel's Paddington to Bristol Railway; mills at Saltaire, Yorks; Shakespeare's Stratford; the Wash and the Norfolk coast.

Four Scottish sites include the Cairngorms, the Flow Country, also in the Highlands, Forth Rail Bridge and New Lanark. The two sites in Wales are Blaenavon Industrial Landscape and Wrexham's Pontcysyllte aqueduct. In Northern Ireland, Mount Stewart in County Down has been nominated.

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