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.
Many of these old maps of Liverpool can be bought as high quality prints from the Liverpool History Book and Map shop.
This really is an old map of Liverpool. But don't be fooled by its looks. It's not as ancient as the street layout suggests, despite that olde worlde spelling of Lerpole! Look closely and you'll see that, as well as the familiar seven streets in the centre, there are more… Read more This old map captures Liverpool at a very interesting time in its history. The port is established, and there are four large docks, plus a handful of smaller basins (or 'basons'). The natural coastline is already buried below reclaimed land. For Liverpool to have had this map made suggests a… Read more This is a map of Liverpool as it progressed into the 19th century - perhaps its most important period for shaping its later history. Look at it as a companion to the (more detailed) Gage map of 1836. The later map is only 13 years younger, but it shows how… Read more This is the most detailed of the early maps I have on this website. It's a board map mounted on cloth (and you can see the seams!). Because of its early age the map shows Liverpool as a moderate-sized but tightly packed town. Dozens of familiar roads are there in… Read more This is a colossal old map of Liverpool which is entirely different from the other old maps on this site. Instead of a top-down view, this is a panorama that sees Liverpool at an angle. Maybe the artist was aboard his hot air balloon (it's been done!), or was simply… Read more Hilliar's Guide for Strangers and Visitors Through Liverpool is an old map originally aimed at the tourist and business traveller. It came as a folded linen map with a card cover. As with many of these maps, the centre is on Liverpool Town Hall. From here, concentric circles measure outwards… Read more It's clear from the rising number of non-traditional 'maps' on this site (like Ackerman's 1847 Panorama) that historic town surveys were wide ranging in style. This one was supposedly drawn from a tethered balloon. I'd love to know the exact method: was it sketches on high, plus copious notes? A… Read more Along with the Plans of Liverpool (North and South) from 1890, this is one of the most detailed street level maps of the city. Unlike those two maps, however, this one is whole. Hundreds of streets are named, including some which are yet to be built. They can be seen… Read more This is a colossal map in a very literal sense (Note: don't forget to scroll all around and see both panels!). It's a large print which splits Liverpool across two frames, and was issued as a supplement to the Illustrated London News in 1865. The view is a bird's eye… Read more This is a map of Liverpool and Birkenhead which was once part of a larger volume: the Illustrated Globe Encyclopedia of 1878. It's most similar to the Plan of Liverpool from the Royal Atlas of England and Wales (1898), though it could be said to be more attractive than the… Read more 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 to St. Helens in… Read more 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… Read more This is the south 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… Read more This smart little old map of Liverpool shows the central part of the city at the end of the nineteenth century. It takes in nearly all of the built up area on the east bank of the Mersey. The striking thing about the Liverpool of 1895 is how packed the… Read more 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. Scroll over to the right of the map to see Liverpool's arch rival! The emphasis in this… Read more This is a more detailed map to accompany the smaller-scale Environs of Liverpool map from the Royal Atlas of England and Wales, published in 1898. Unlike most of the maps you'll see depicting Liverpool, this map has the River Mersey at the bottom, and the north east of the city… Read more The National Library of Scotland has scanned in a fantastic selection of old Ordnance Survey maps, and made them available for re-use on your own website. I've done just that on this page! There are two sets of maps available for me to use in this way. The map consists… Read more