Old Maps of Liverpool

As a large city, Liverpool has seen a great many maps and plans made of it. Some of these maps show the wider area around the city, and may include areas as far afield as North Wales or Manchester, Lancaster or Chester.

All maps can be bought as high quality prints from the Liverpool History Bookshop. Alternatively, shop via my eBay store for high quality prints of these old maps.

Bacon’s Map of Liverpool (1885)

Bacon's Map of Liverpool (1885)

This map of Liverpool by G. W. Bacon (called “The Environs of Liverpool”) was published in around 1885. It shows street-level detail, although only the names of the major roads are marked. The map covers the Wirral and the Mersey in the west, stretching across Liverpool from the Mersey in the west to St. Helens in the east.

Plan of Liverpool – North Sheet (1890)

Plan of Liverpool – North Sheet (1890)

This is the north half of a detailed plan of Liverpool published in 1890. It is incredibly detailed, showing every road name, paths within the parks, and even individual buildings in some streets (where those buildings were big enough). There’s also an index to road names down two sides, making it easy to look up a place of interest.

Plan of Liverpool – South Sheet (1890)

Plan of Liverpool – South Sheet (1890)

This is the south half of a detailed plan of Liverpool published in 1890, and it’s a partner to the North Sheet (above). As well as an index to streets down either side, there are concentric circles showing distances from the Town Hall, each one quarter of a mile apart. The version available on Historic Liverpool is an adapted version of the original, with the parliamentary wards colour-coded.

Plan of Liverpool – Royal Atlas of England and Wales (1898)

This is a more detailed map to accompany the smaller-scale Environs of Liverpool map (below) from the Royal Atlas of England and Wales, published in 1898. Although not covering nearly as great an area as the other map, this plan includes the names of individual roads, docks, railway stations, parks and the grounds of the two biggest football teams on Merseyside.

Environs of Liverpool – Royal Atlas of England and Wales (1898)

Environs of Liverpool – Royal Atlas of England and Wales (1898)

This historic map covers a wide area – in fact there is a second frame attached which shows the Environs of Manchester from the same volume, the Royal Atlas of England and Wales. Because of its size and coverage, details are harder to see compared to the two old Plans of Liverpool, the North Sheet and the South Sheet (above) of 1890.

Comments

  1. Paul O'Donnell says

    It is hard to believe that there is only 4 years between the top and bottom maps. It looks like several decades of development around Edge Hill. The whole shape of Sefton Park was undefined in 1895, but by 1898, the familiar kidney shape is there, and all the rows of housing are in place down Smithdown Road. Which is strange, as I know my road was not built until 1903, yet it appears to be on the 1898 map. I have a 1765 map, and one that appears to even older, as it has the Castle on it.

    • says

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for your comments. Yes, the ingenuity, not to mention the work rate, of the Victorians never ceases to amaze me. I think the fact that Edge Hill is around a station just spurred them on even more at the height of the Industrial Revolution, when Liverpool wanted to be the transport hub of Britain.

      As to the discrepancy between the date when your road was built, this could either be because my publication date is slightly out, or that the mapmaker knew what was being built in that area, and/or that the record for when your road was built counts the date at which all buildings were complete, increasing the chances that the mapmaker could see the new road plans several years before, perhaps when they’re being laid out.

      I’ve seen some history books from the period which take great pleasure in detailing all the soon-to-be-built roads, and mapmakers were keen to be at the cutting edge, sometimes risking looking foolish if building projects didn’t come to fruition.

      Hope you enjoy the site!

      Regards,
      Martin

  2. Paul O'Donnell says

    My mistake, 14 years, but still, hard to imagine the engineering project to transform Edge Hill in that Time.

  3. Gaye Schultz says

    Hi Martin,
    I am researching my family history. I was wondering if you may be able to help me. My Great Grandparents, Samuel and Mary Anne Dickinson, lived at 109 Medlock Street, Kirkdale. They lived there for a number of years before moving to Wallasey.
    can you tell me anything about Medlock Street?
    Any information that you may be able to provide will be greatly appreciated.
    Kind Regards, Gaye

    • says

      Hi Gaye,

      Medlock Street is just a tiny stump of road now, leading north west from Westminster Road, but it once ran right through to Rumsey Street before the park was created.

      There are two really good pictures looking down the road on the Kirkdale Online website. You can see in the second picture the curved building which still sits on the corner with Westminster Road. The Kirkdale Gaol was the biggest landmark in the area, sitting on land between Garnet Avenue and North Dingle.

      The houses on Medlock were slightly bigger than many of the tiny terraces which characterised Kirkdale and Everton in the 19th and early 20th centuries, having bay windows for example. It’s quite a shame these were demolished, as they were not at all slum housing, but large areas were given over to the wrecking ball in this part of town without much selectivity on the part of the council.

      Do you know what kind of jobs your great grandparents did? These houses were often inhabited by those who worked in city centre offices, or the docks, but were slightly higher than the bottom rung of casual labourers – such as clerks, messengers and the like.

      Here’s an old map of Kirkdale showing Medlock Street and the Gaol.

      • Gaye Schultz says

        Hi Martin, thank you for taking the time to reply :) my great grandfather Samuel Dickinson was a ship’s steward, he was married to Mary Anne Bryant who would have been at home caring for their children. Thanks also for the link to Kirkdale Online and the Map, thankfully there are still a couple of photos remaining so that we can see what it once looked like. Strange that so many good homes were demolished, the house that my grandparents lived in, 40 Grosvenor Road, New Brighton, is still standing. My grandmother was Eveline Dickinson, from what I have been able to find out so far, she lived in Medlock Street during the 1901 Census, but has moved to New Brighton some time between 1901 and the next Census in 1911. She married my grandfather William Charles Hunt in 1919. He was also a ships steward and from what I can ascertain, he came from Liverpool. Interestingly, I remember my late mother telling me that my grandfather was a steward on the Lancastria when it was torpedoed off the coast of France… having difficulty confirming that though..
        Great to hear from you, and I really appreciate the time that you have taken.
        Kind regards, Gaye

        • says

          No problem, glad I could help. It seems like a lot of families have a story passed down from previous generations. Sometimes they’re hard to verify, sometimes they turn out to be true. Good luck with your research.
          Regards,
          Martin

  4. Jennifer says

    Hi Martin,

    I am in the process of researching my family history and have discovered that my maternal great grandparents lived for several generations in Liverpool. Based on the 1881 and 1891 census they lived on Jackson Street and Vaughan Street. I can’t seem to find either on the maps. Can you point me in the right direction?

    Many thanks!

    Jennifer

    • says

      Hi Jennifer,

      I’ve not been able to find the exact place, but the censuses suggest that Vaughan Street is in south west Toxteth. I’ll have a look though my maps of the area, but even if I can’t find the street at least maybe you have a general idea of the place they were in!

      I’ll post here if I find anything.

      Regards,
      Martin

    • Anthon A says

      Hi Jennifer, Vaughan Street was in Toxteth. It was next to Tamworth St which was off Park Street. Park Street runs down to the docks from Park Road. I now this because I discovered that my great grandparents lived in number 28 n the 1911 census. Good luck with your research.

  5. Carol says

    Hi Martin
    Do you know the name of the pub which used to be on the corner of Netherfield rd and Kirkdale road in the war times?This would solve a longstanding search for my uncle who`s asked everybody already.
    Thanks
    Carol.

  6. reginal pearson rostock says

    My father and his wife in the 1911 census had a (fish bar)in penton street .His father had lived in the sandhills hotel.I wonder if there are any pictures of either ,it would be great to see them.

  7. chris moore says

    Hi wondering if you can tell me anything about the houses in 5 Pleasant street liverpool I’ve traced my family tree back as far as 1860 and they lived in pleasant street up to at least 1891 I’ve also traced the family to 19 Cubbin Street in 1911 Liverpool do you know anything about this strret

    • says

      Hi Chris,

      Pleasant Street was very much exactly that on the first Ordnance Survey map (1850). Although there was a large timber yard at the western end (on the northern side) the rest of the street was residential. There were two chapels and a school, but the rest were houses with large gardens. The largest houses were actually on Clarence Street, with their side (and back garden) running along Pleasant Street. Some of the gardens are shown in great detail on the map, with paths and flower beds in dotted lines.

      The houses that actually fronted onto Pleasant Street were smaller, with yards behind. Your own knowledge of your ancestors’ lives may shed more light on what the houses actually looked like.

      Cubbin Street is no longer with us, but the name lives on in Cubbin Crescent, which sits on the same site in Kirkdale. The street wasn’t built by the time of the first few OS maps, and only appears in 1890. The houses on this street were small terraced houses, slightly smaller than those on Pleasant Street. There are some pictures of Cubbin Street rooms on Liverpool Pictorial. Those photos were taken in 1957, and show the rooms in a shocking state. However, a lot can change in 40 years, so I wouldn’t go assuming those are the conditions your ancestors lived in. However, you do get a very rough impression of the room size.

    • mike woods says

      just seen your address 19 cubbin st dated at time of cencus in 1911,my ancsestors lived at 17 cubbin st at the time of that 1911 cencus,they were called the langgards

      • chris moore says

        Hi Mike
        My dads family where called Moore lived in Cubbin Streeet there was a gang of them ha ha my dad was the youngest they must of known your ancestors ,as they liuved next door to each other .

  8. Gloria woodman says

    Hi Martin
    I’m researching my family who lived in the Toxteth area of Liverpool. I am told that my Mother and I lived in a pub called the Alhambra in that area during the war. The landlady, Bessie Hatfield, was my Aunt. I actually remember going to this pub in about 1946/47. Although I have been looking for it via the internet for several years I can now find no trace of it at all. Can you help please?
    Many thanks.
    Gloria

  9. Patricia Clerkin says

    I would like some guidance as the name of pub house on the corner of Compton Street Everton. My grandfather ran the pub we beieve in the late 1920s we have a picture of him outisde. the only thing that is written on the pub is Robinsons Liverpool Mild and Burton Bitter Ales (this brand I believe is now owned by Marstons) The pub I believe was demolished many years ago. Is there a register of pub landlords that I can browse for that time? Your help would be much appreciated. My Mother and her family came from Liverpool and I find it such a fascinating place, but shocked at the amount of deprivation my own Grandmothers family went throughat the beginning of the 1900’s.

    • says

      Hi Patricia,

      The 1891 Ordnance Survey map shows a Victoria Hotel at the top of Compton Road, at the junction with Whitefield Road. It could have changed names before the 1920s, especially if your grandfather took it over from someone else, but that’s the most certain evidence about the pub I can find. Hope this helps!

      Ad you’re right – the amount of deprivation in this part of Liverpool was shocking. Some of the conditions right into the 1960s and beyond still surprise me. Makes me appreciative of how a lot of us live today!

      Regards,
      Martin

  10. john says

    Hi my great grandad owned a timber yard on the dock road in the 50s and 60s called edwards can you please let me know if there any websites were i may find any pictures.
    Please
    Thank you

    • says

      Hi John,

      I’ve not been able to find any photos yet, but if you know any more details about where the timber yard was I might be able to have another search.

      Martin

  11. Joseph Davison says

    Hi Martin, I was wondering if you could point me intend righ direction to discover more of my local area, Tuebrook/Clubmoor area. In particular the history of Lakhill Gardens? Any help would be greatly appreciated

  12. Lindsay says

    Hi Martin,

    I wonder if you could help-I’m trying to find old maps of the Halewood area.
    Do you know where I could obtain a copy of Lancashire Sheet 114 1890-1 and also 1849 printing. They are on display at the Rangers Hut at Pickerings Pasture but a request for a copy fell on deaf ears!
    I have some old tythe maps of the area but they are very poor-copied from worn out maps at Central Library.Do you know of any maps that might be better? I was told that one can go to the Lancashire Record Office but that you have to actually photograph them.

    Any help would be appreciated!

    Lindsay.

    June 22, 2013

    Lindsay.

    • says

      Hi Lindsay,

      A great source for old maps is (appropriately) Old-Maps.co.uk. You can search for Halewood on their home page, and it then gives a selection of old editions on the right. You can see a fair bit on the site, but to get big high quality copies it costs about £16. They have the 1849 edition at 1:10,560 and 1893 at 1:2500 (very high detail, but small areas covered per sheet).

      When you ask whether I know of any maps which would be ‘better’ than the tithe maps, what is it you’d like to find out? Or are you just after some better copies of the same thing? Lancashire is probably the closest place, as the main other one will be the National Archives in London!

      Hope this helps a bit, but do let me know more detail if you have some specific queries and I’ll see what I can do.

      Regards,
      Martin

  13. says

    Hi Martin,

    I used to attend Liverpool City Institute of Further Education 1967. It may have been an annexe but the GCE courses were taught in a pale blue building on the corner of Duke St facing the Anglican Cathedral. This building has now been demolished along with the road and replaced by the Cathedral Gate development. Have you any maps that show the name of this now extinct road?

    With no photos and no as yet found record of this building that literally changed my life, I feel a part of me has been amputated. I can feel the ghost limb twitching.
    Cheers,
    Mike.

  14. HILDA BRESLIN says

    CAN ANYONE PLEASE HELP AS I AM LOOKING FOR THE BIRTHPLACE OF MY FATHER, IT IS 13 LEITH TERRACE KIRKDALE LIVERPOOL

    • says

      Hello hilda
      I was born in 9 leith terrace in 1951 and lived there until the compulsory purchase slum clearance in I think 1969 when they were demolished. They were a row of Seven two up two down terraced houses which do not appear to show up on any early maps I have seen it was situated off forth st situated between Clyde st an Esk st. These last two streets named led on. to a main rd called Dearby rd which was the next main rd up from the Dock Road at Canada Dock

      Hello Hilda

      I was born in 1951 in Leith terrace and lived there until the compulsory purchase slum clearance in I think 1969 . It was a row of seven , -two up -two down terraced houses with a dead end.. It does not appear to show up on any early maps I have seen.It was off forth st and situated between Clyde st and Esk st both of the last named streets led onto a main rd called Dearby rd which was the next main rd up by about 200 yards parallel to the dock rd at Canada Dock.
      hope this helps Tom

  15. Margaret Cooper says

    Hi,
    Can any one help please?

    My Gt, Gt, Gt. Grandfather was Living in Gascoigne St (i3 onNorth map) in 1852 and was married from this street. He was married in “St Davids Church” . I have found Gascoigne St on this wonderful map but unable to find a St Davids church in the area! does any one know if their was a Church of that name in the area of Gascoigne St?

    Margaret

  16. says

    Hi Martin,

    I used to attend Liverpool City Institute of Further Education 1967. It may have been an annexe but the GCE courses were taught in a pale blue building on the corner of Duke St facing the Anglican Cathedral. This building has now been demolished along with the road and replaced by the Cathedral Gate development. Have you any maps that show the name of this now extinct road?

    With no photos and no as yet found record of this building that literally changed my life, I feel a part of me has been amputated. I can feel the ghost limb twitching.
    Cheers,
    Mike.
    July 31, 2013
    Reply

      • says

        Hi Martin,

        And thank you. My building was on the corner of Upper Duke St. and St James street (which has now been built over by the cathedral gate development. I found the map really useful because now I have a street name with which to approach Liverpool library/archives – unless I can find something online.
        Thanks again
        Mike.

  17. nancy smith says

    my great grandfather was a draper at 3 tillotson st, e. do you think that would have been a place of business and a residence together? his name was samuel carpel..that is the only address i can find for him.

    thanks,
    nancy

    • says

      Hi Nancy,

      While it’s certainly possible that a residence was in the same building as a small business like a drapers (just like today a grocer’s or newsagent’s might have a flat above or a house behind and above) by the look of the maps of the streets in the area the houses look like standard terraces. It might be that your ancestor worked at home, but there was likely not a shop at that address. If he was not the business owner, then perhaps his place of work address was not associated with his name.

      Regards,
      Martin

  18. Paul Lynch says

    I have been looking for information or early photos of buildings my great grandfather lived and worked in. He was Peter Lynch the Licencee of ‘The Scotland’ public house in 1881 and the ‘Masons’ public house, 22 Richmond Row in 1887 and then a Provisions merchant in 2 Pownall square in 1911 but for many years in between as he is listed in early telephone books.

    I have seen photos near these locations but never the actual buildings.

    Regards
    Paul

  19. neil spruce says

    interested in history of old custom house in canning place. i know it was built around 1825 when the old dock was filled in and demolished after the war. i would like to know what occupied the site after it was demolished? was coronation gardens built on the site or was site levelled and landscaped?? would like to see any pics of the site prior and during demolition and any Liverpool A-Z street maps showing the site before and after demolition

    • says

      Hi Neil,

      The website Old-Maps.co.uk is your best bet for these maps. They have one from 1955 which marks the Customs House as ‘Ruin’. It also names the streets around that area, although they’re a little hard to see without buying the map. As far as I know, the landscaping of Chevasse Park, which was removed in the last few years to be replaced with Liverpool One, was that landscaping which was put down in place of the Customs House, though if anyone else knows better I’d be glad to hear from them! Coronation Park was further to the East, at the top of Lord Street.

      Regards,
      Martin

  20. James Edwards says

    I am currently researching the architecture around Upper Parliament St, and the area surrounding the empty lot opposite the old site of the Racquet Club in particular. Do you know if the previous buildings on this site were also demolished as a result of the riots? Would you also happen to know the approximate dates the buildings around this area were first constructed?

    Kind Regards

    James

  21. Paddy Mahon says

    I lived at 2 Hawthorne Avenue Bootle at my grandmothers home in 1956 before migrating to Australia. It’s no longer listed as a Avenue only Hawthorne Road. Does anyone know if Hawthorne Avenue’s name has been changed or what has happened to it.

    Thank you, Paddy Mahon Sydney Australia

    • Lynne Lay says

      I have looked in a book of street names of Bootle and Hawthorne Avenue is not listed , sorry. Are you a relative of Simon and Peter? They were important in political life of Bootle. I will ask on a Bootle forum to see if any one else knows.

    • Lynne Lay says

      Apparently the houses in Hawthorne Avenue were prefabs. They were built just after the was and demolished about 1970, so the avenue appears on very few maps. I will put a link to the site that found the map. Thank you Jan.
      http://www.bootlehistory.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=30197&p=384634#p384634
      It was off Balliol Road just by its junction with Breeze Hill just opposite where Balliol Secondary school used to be. Hope the link works and that you find this answer.
      regards Lynne

  22. says

    I have tried without success to find any information regarding father’s family. He was William George; had and older sister Lily (possible Lillian) and older brother Robert and two younger brothers George Davison and John Davison. The lived in Mann Street and my Nanna was Caherine nee Calderbank. My Father was born in May 1910. I particularlyld like to know about his Father who I believe was a seafarer called Lionel.

  23. Paul Robinson says

    Great maps and website!

    I am trying to find an image of Cadmus street, Everton. I have tried the Liverpool Records Office but without any success. Any thoughts/help would be most appreciated.

    • says

      Hi Paul,

      Glad you like the site! Have you got access to the original handwritten census return? I’ve found that when having trouble locating streets from census records the original is poorly written or transcribed, or the census writer misheard someone else naming the street. Try looking at this list of Liverpool streets beginning with C, and comparing it to what is written on the form, to see if the error is of this type.

      Regards,
      Martin

      • Paul Robinson says

        Martin,

        Thank you for your speedy reply and helpful comments/suggestions.

        I do not have access to the original census return but have seen the name Cadmus Street (adjacent to Dido Street) in an old (~1900) map of the area.

        I looked at the Liverpool Streets site but without success.

        Many thanks again and may the site go from strength to strength.

        Paul

  24. Lynne Lay says

    I am trying to find out when the housing in Gascoyne St Liverpool was demolished. My mother and grandmother were there on 1911 census and were moved to Rushmere Rd, but I do not know when. Any help or photos please.

  25. says

    I HAVE BEEN RESEARCHING MY MOTHER’S FAMILY (WILKINSON / FORSYTH WHO HAD SEVERAL PUBS AND A BREWERY IN THE VICINITY OF GREAT NEWTON STREET/DANSIE STREET AND EDGE HILL. I WOULD BE PLEASED IF ANY ONE HAS INFORMATION ABOUT THESE BUSINESSES. THE DATES WOULD BE UP TO APPROXIMATELY 1901 (THE SUN INN IN BIRKENHEAD)

  26. Peter Murphy says

    Hi Martin
    I’ve worked at Buckels garden centre in Fazakerley for 20 years it’s on the corner of Field lane and Copplehouse lane. We know it’s been there a while but we are curious what was there before it or when then Buckels family moved there. Its not owned by the Buckels family now so any information would be appreciated. My boss says they got land off the Molyneux family. Great website and maps by the way.

    • says

      Hi Peter,

      Glad you like the site! The site of the garden centre seems to have had nothing on it until a number of glasshouses were erected in about 1900, behind the house (belonging to the Buckles?) which stands on the corner of the two roads. So it looks like Buckles Nurseries has a long pedigree! It’s definitely possible that they bought land for the house off the Molyneux family, who were the major landowners in the Sefton area for a long time.

      Here’s another map for you, showing the road junction in 1927, as well as the house and a couple of the glasshouses (with the cross-hatching):

  27. Kay2 says

    Hi Martin,

    I recently read your wonderful book about Liverpool’s landscape history. Absolutely fascinating!
    Can you help me locate an old street? By the way, your links to old maps don’t appear to work – I’m getting the dreaded Error 404 messages. I’m looking for Bennett Street. In my Edwardian A-Z, it’s in the index but despite searching I can’t find it on the accompanying map.
    Any ideas?

    Karen in Ontario

    • says

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks so much! So glad you liked it. And thanks for pointing out the 404 error – should be fixed now! Teething problems from an exciting new angle for Historic Liverpool!

      Bennett Street, if I’ve got the right one, is in Garston, just off St. Mary’s Road. You can see it on the 1907 map below, and it is still there, visible on Google Maps. Let me know if this is the right one, and if you can spot it in your Edwardian A-Z.

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