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The University of Liverpool faces a piquant dilemma over its choice of colour - pillar-box red - for the front door to 19 Abercromby Square, a listed property that was formerly the Bishop's Palace and later the US Confederate Embassy during the American Civil War. It seems that when the university's communications department set up shop there last year, instructions were given for the doors to be painted the said colour. Alas, no listed building consent was sought or given - which might mean another coat of paint to bring the door back to its original hue. This would be slightly embarrassing, since the chairman of the university's centenary appeal, Sir Neil Cossons, is, of course, chairman of English Heritage.

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