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History of Walton

Walton-on-the-Hill has always been a very large township, containing some of the familiar suburbs in north Liverpool. At the north of the township is Warbreck, on the border with Aintree. The Guildhouses were also to the north. Spellow, Anfield, Walton Breck (also known as Cabbage Hall after an old pub) and Newsham run from the north west to south east.

The old village originally surrounded the church, and Rake and Cherry Lanes ran east to West Derby.

Origin of the name

Waleton, Domesday; Walton, 1246.

From Old English walla (Briton) and tun (settlement). The church at Walton (like that at Childwall) has a circular churchyard, suggesting it was part of a settlement in existence before the Norman Conquest (Cowell, 2002). It was certainly the mother church of a medieval parish. As such, it may have had its name changed to a ‘British’ one, perhaps through a grant of land from the church to someone else.

Landmarks‭ ‬and Trivia

Winestan held the manor of Walton when the Domesday Book was compiled.

Much of the terraced housing‭ ‬in Walton‭ ‬was built for workers on the railway.

In‭ ‬1884‭ ‬Northcote Road School was built opposite the York Villas.‭ ‬The school had originally occupied a building at‭ ‬33‭ ‬Rice Lane in‭ ‬1885.

St Nathaniel’s Church,‭ ‬designed by Frank Rimmington,‭ ‬was to be built in the early part of the‭ ‬20th century.‭ ‬The Second World War intervened,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬and only a church hall was put up,‭ ‬opening on the first day of October‭ ‬1949.

There was a lime pit adjacent to‭ ‬what became the‭ ‬Dunlop‭ ‬factory‭ ‬site.

In the book‭ ‬Pictures and Thoughts on Walton’s Past History,‭ ‘‬A Group of Locals‭’ ‬report that the‭ ‬area‭ ‬around the workhouse‭ ‬was once covered in allotments,‭ ‬stables,‭ ‬orchards and a coaching inn.‭ ‬Quite a rural feel‭!

The Evered Avenue Library,‭ ‬funded by Andrew Carnegie,‭ ‬was opened in‭ ‬1911‭ ‬by the Earl of Derby.

Dunlop‭ ‬had its UK head office and a manufacturing plant in the Cavendish Drive area.‭ ‬This operated for much of the‭ ‬20th century,‭ ‬despite a devastating fire in September‭ ‬1980,‭ ‬but‭ ‬the building‭ ‬finally made way for a housing estate in‭ ‬2004.

A rumour persists that there are tunnels running from the Jewish cemetery to the Littlewoods offices,‭ ‬and that caves stretch from Walton Hall Park to the church of St Mary’s.

Dairies were once a common feature of Walton,‭ ‬such as Heygarth’s and Williams’s.

Haggerston Road takes its name from Haggerston,‭ ‬a town in Northumberland.‭ ‬This town was once part of the Leyland estate‭ (‬see Walton Hall and the Walton Family below‭)‬.

A stone bridge was replaced with a box girder bridge when Walton Hall Avenue was expanded into a dual carriageway.

Walton became part of Liverpool in‭ ‬1895.

Transport

The principal road through the township is that running from Liverpool to Ormskirk, known as Rice Lane as it descends the hill.

The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway ran through the township, with Walton Junction station lying on the Liverpool to Preston route. The line to Bury and Manchester branched off, as did a smaller line to serve the docks. The London and North West Railway ran from Edge Hill to the docks, Walton and Spellow. The Cheshire Lines Committee Railway from Manchester to Southport ran through the district, with a station at Walton-on-the-Hill from 1870 (which closed in 1918), and a branch to the docks. A tunnel is the only remains of this line.

In‭ ‬1905‭ ‬the train lines were electrified.

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Expansion

By the end of the 19th Century, Walton was already expanding as a suburb. There was a large Welsh presence here, and Liverpool itself was often jokingly referred to as the Capital of Wales. The Welsh community was heavily involved in timber, slate and stone trades, and would often retire back to Wales.

Their involvement in such ‘home trades’ resulted in the spread of the ‘Welsh house’, a solid, quick-to-build six room house. A famous father and son partnership of William Owen Elias and son built many of the streets in Walton, and if you look to the names of the streets beginning at Oxton Street, opposite Goodison Park, the initials spell out the names of these two men, with the exception of the final N, a victim of more recent demolitions in the area. Between 1919 and 1939 council housing was built up in out of town areas, and Walton was one such district.

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Landmarks

Walton-on-the-Hill was for a long time the centre of Christian organisation in this part of Lancashire. In fact, until 1699 Liverpool parish came under the control of Walton parish church before it was made independent.

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Walton Prison

Walton Prison was built by the Liverpool Corporation,‭ ‬who had purchased land for it in May‭ ‬1847.‭ ‬It was built between‭ ‬1849‭ ‬and‭ ‬1854-5‭ ‬by Messrs Furness‭ & ‬Company and John Weightman esq,‭ ‬and there is the possibility that many of the workmen were French prisoners of war.

The prison opened in‭ ‬1855‭ ‬with‭ ‬300‭ ‬cells alongside dwellings for a whole host of staff:‭ ‬governor,‭ ‬matron,‭ ‬chaplain,‭ ‬gatekeeper,‭ ‬turnkeys and more.‭ ‬Women were housed in addition to men until‭ ‬1933,‭ ‬with facilities provided for the children of female prisoners.‭ ‬In a sign of those times,‭ ‬the women were employed in washing,‭ ‬cleaning and sewing for the staff.‭ ‬This may be even more ironic considering that there were Suffragettes amongst the inmates.

Hangings took place in front of large,‭ ‬sometimes noisy crowds who packed stalls like a theatre.

Walton Park Cemetery

Burial grounds in Walton were often co-opted for use by St.‭ ‬Nicholas’s church in central Liverpool when the pressure was high.‭ ‬For example,‭ ‬in‭ ‬1361‭ ‬an outbreak of plague meant that Liverpool itself quickly ran out of space its dead,‭ ‬and by the middle of the‭ ‬19th century the growth of slums and the population explosion caused further problems.

Therefore in‭ ‬1851‭ ‬Walton Cemetery was laid out.‭ ‬There were both free and paid-for plots,‭ ‬with the latter placed closer to the footpaths and enploying large monuments to the interred.‭ ‬These plots were,‭ ‬of course,‭ ‬only available to the richer persons in society,‭ ‬like mayors and the governor of the local jail.‭ ‬In fact,‭ ‬the free plots were often shared between many people‭ ‬-‭ ‬what we might refer to now as paupers’s graves.‭ ‬All people buried on the same day would be placed in the same grave.

Robert Noonan‭ (‬who,‭ ‬under the pen-name Tressell,‭ ‬wrote‭ ‬The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists‭) ‬is buried in the cemetery,‭ ‬as he died while waiting in Liverpool for a ship to take him to Canada.‭ ‬His is a pauper’s grave,‭ ‬where he was buried alongside‭ ‬12‭ ‬others,‭ ‬although since it was rediscovered it has been marked with a memorial stone.‭ ‬‭

When St Peter’s in Church Street was demolished in September‭ ‬1922,‭ ‬several of the graves were moved from there to Walton Cemetery,‭ ‬demonstrating the continued importance of this northern suburb to Liverpool’s spiritual make-up.‭ ‬In the‭ ‬20th century Dutch war graves were added to the burial ground,‭ ‬tended to by the Fazakerley branch of the British Legion.

Zoological Gardens

The Monkey House was a half-timbered building like the restaurant and concert hall which graced the centre of the park.‭ ‬Great effort went into these pieces of architecture,‭ ‬with cement moulding,‭ ‬red tile roofs and copper details.‭ ‬The restaurant block was built to a polygonal bandstand-like design,‭ ‬and included a restaurant,‭ ‬dining hall,‭ ‬cloak rooms,‭ ‬service apartment and a garden quadrangle for open air concerts.

The architect responsible was William Sugdens‭ & ‬Sons of Leek,‭ ‬with landscaping by John Shaw of Bowden in Cheshire.‭ ‬A number of companies came together to build the Gardens,‭ ‬including W.‭ ‬Rummage of‭ ‬42‭ ‬Old Broad Street,‭ ‬the Everton Quarry Company,‭ ‬Messrs Wards of Limerick Foundry,‭ ‬Tipton and Robert Hird of Shipley.

The only remains today are the gate house buildings which were used by the Dunlop factory.‭ ‬Until at least‭ ‬1985‭ ‬the wall of the elephant enclosure also still stood.

Walton Workhouse

In‭ ‬1834‭ ‬the Poor Law Act united parishes‭ (‬who had previously cared for the poor separately‭) ‬into a Union.‭ ‬This prompted the need for a workhouse to deal with the area’s needy.

The foundation stone for the Walton Workhouse was laid in‭ ‬1864,‭ ‬and in the April of‭ ‬1868‭ ‬the institution was opened.

The workhouse taught sewing,‭ ‬knitting,‭ ‬weaving,‭ ‬woodwork and maintenance skills to both boys and girls‭ (‬although the tuition was divided along traditional gender lines‭)‬.‭ ‬There was a nursery for the youngest.

The food for the workhouse inmates was far from luxurious:‭ ‬bread,‭ ‬gruel,‭ ‬scouse,‭ ‬soup,‭ ‬potatoes,‭ ‬porridge,‭ ‬milk and broth were the norm.‭ ‬It would have been blind scouse‭ (‬without meat‭) ‬most times,‭ ‬with meat added perhaps once a week.

As well as teaching practical skills‭ (‬and probably to help pass them on‭) ‬the workhouse had its own blacksmith,‭ ‬cobbler,‭ ‬stables and joiner.‭ ‬As well as those,‭ ‬there were a laundry,‭ ‬gasworks,‭ ‬bakery,‭ ‬chapel and burial ground.‭ ‬It was a fairly self-contained community‭!

At its peak the workhouse admitted‭ ‬90‭ ‬people were weak,‭ ‬which goes to show the extent of the poverty problem in Victorian Liverpool

By‭ ‬1930,‭ ‬however,‭ ‬times were changing,‭ ‬and the Poor Law Guardians who were responsible for the workhouses were abolished.‭ ‬Chronic illnesses such as tuberculosis were a more pressing problem than terrible poverty,‭ ‬underlined by the‭ ‬1918‭ ‬influenze pandemic,‭ ‬which affected staff as well as inmates.‭ ‬What by this time was known as the Walton Institution became Walton Hospital,‭ ‬and the current Walton Hospital still retains some of the buildings it inherited in the‭ ‬19030s.

Progress continued under the eye of Dr.‭ ‬Henry McWilliam,‭ ‬who was Resident Assistant Medical Officer from‭ ‬1913‭ ‬until‭ ‬1952,‭ ‬by which time he had become Medical Superintendant.‭ ‬He changed the working conditions of the Hospital,‭ ‬such as the introduction of the‭ ‬112‭ ‬hour fortnight for nurses,‭ ‬who until then had worked even longer hours than this.

Walton Hall and the Walton Family

The manor of Walton was given to Gilbert‭ (‬or‭ ‘‬Waldeve‭’) ‬of Walton by King John in‭ ‬1189,‭ ‬on the condition that he become the bailiff of West Derby.‭ ‬Thus began the family line of the Waltons.

Walton Hall Park is now the only remains of the Walton Hall estate,‭ ‬and the best known incarnation of Walton Hall is actually the second building to take the name.‭ ‬Parts of the previous version,‭ ‬dating to the‭ ‬12th century,‭ ‬were found when the more recent hall was demolished in around‭ ‬1900.

By the time the second hall was demolished,‭ ‬the Walton family had long died out,‭ ‬and the structure had been falling into disrepair for some time.

After the Walton line came to an end,‭ ‬the next record we have of the Hall is once it came under the ownership of one Robert Brere,‭ ‬who bequeathed it to his son.

In‭ ‬1746‭ ‬it was owned by the influential Fazakerley family,‭ ‬specifically Nicholas Fazakerley,‭ ‬an agent of John Atherton.‭ ‬The Athertons were the last family to live in Walton Hall,‭ ‬putting it up for sale and moving on in‭ ‬1804.

Thomas Leyland,‭ ‬privateer,‭ ‬lottery winner,‭ ‬merchant,‭ ‬slave trader and mayor of Liverpool on three occasions,‭ ‬bought the hall from the Athertons.‭ ‬He had lived in Houghton Street and Duke Street previously,‭ ‬and clearly wanted a slice of the rural gentlemanly life‭!

In‭ ‬1827‭ ‬Thomas died,‭ ‬and he passed the house onto his nephew,‭ ‬Richard Bullin,‭ ‬who took on the Leyland surname at that time.‭ ‬Richard never married,‭ ‬and so his sister Dorothy inherited the Hall from him,‭ ‬before it passed into the family of John Naylor upon her death.

It was at this time that the building deteriorated,‭ ‬and a decision to demolish the house was made at the turn of hte‭ ‬20th century.

In‭ ‬1907‭ ‬a triangular plot of land,‭ ‬formerly part of the Walton Hall estate,‭ ‬was bought by the Corporation for use as a recreation ground.‭ ‬Then in‭ ‬1913‭ ‬a further‭ ‬120‭ ‬acres were purchased for‭ ‬£51,000‭ ‬to create Walton Hall Park.‭ ‬The design of the park was done by H.‭ ‬Charlton Bradshaw,‭ ‬although the First World War meant that the space was requisitioned for a munitions depot.

Finally,‭ ‬in‭ ‬1924‭ ‬the land reverted to the Corporation,‭ ‬and in‭ ‬1934‭ ‬Walton Hall Park officially opened to the public.‭ ‬On the‭ ‬18th of July King George V conducted the opening ceremony,‭ ‬before moving along to open the Mersey Tunnel later the same day.

St Mary’s Church

The site of St.‭ ‬Mary’s Church,‭ ‬and it’s use as a religious centre,‭ ‬are both very old indeed.‭ ‬The circular shape of the churchyard,‭ ‬still evident on the‭ ‬1893‭ ‬Ordnance Survey map,‭ ‬suggests that it could be early medieval in date,‭ ‬or possibly pre-Christian.‭ ‬There have been suggestions made that there was even a henge‭ (‬a roughly circular bank and ditch monument‭) ‬here,‭ ‬but no firm evidence exists for such an old origin.

However,‭ ‬the shaft of a cross was discovered under the foundations of the building during some construction work,‭ ‬and so some medieval activity is certain.

A later episode in St.‭ ‬Mary’s history is its use to holding prisoners after the battle of Worcester‭ (‬c.1651‭)‬.‭ ‬Such was the damage caused by these prisoners that a tax on West Derby was requested in order to pay for the damage,‭ ‬though this request was turned down.

With all the evidence to hand,‭ ‬it looks like St Mary’s was first built in‭ ‬800,‭ ‬with new buildings replacing the old in‭ ‬1326,‭ ‬1724‭ ‬and‭ ‬1941.‭ ‬In addition,‭ ‬the tower alone was rebuilt in‭ ‬1829,‭ ‬and the churchyard was extended beyond those old circular boundaries in pieces up to‭ ‬1958.

Walton Grammar School

Built in or before‭ ‬1613.

Walton Town Hall

The Town Hall was built in‭ ‬1893,‭ ‬and nothing now remains of it except a part of the stone facing,‭ ‬which stands in one wall of the Queens Drive flyover.

Public Houses and Bars

The Brown Cow stood opposite the Town Hall on the corner of Rice Lane and Church Lane.

The Rice Lane pub,‭ ‬named after the road,‭ ‬was demolished in‭ ‬1968‭ ‬to make way for the flyover,‭ ‬as were many other buildings.

Standing opposite the Queens Drive Baths,‭ ‬the Herb Shop sold soft drinks like Vimto,‭ ‬Sarsparilla and Dandelion‭ & ‬Burdock.

Roads

Rice Lane gets its name from Rice House,‭ ‬belonging to the family of that name in the‭ ‬18th century.‭ ‬William Rice was an‭ “‬allottee of the common lands‭” ‬in‭ ‬1716.

Recommended links

Walton on the Hill,‭ ‬Liverpool,‭ ‬in the‭ ‬1950‭’‬s and‭ ‬60‭’‬s

Liverpool Zoo,‭ ‬Rice Lane,‭ ‬1975

http://streetsofliverpool.co.uk/liverpool-zoo-rice-lane-1975/

60 responses to “History of Walton”

  1. roy bartley says:

    Hello. What are the present boundaries of Walton and have they recently been changed? Fazakerley used to start by Barlow’s Lane, but a new sign has been put up making Hall Lane the boundary. Any information on this. The area between Walton Vale and Fazakerley station is sometimes called Walton, Warbreck, Aintree and/or Fazakerley. A mystery.

    • Hi Roy,

      If Hall Lane is the new boundary, then it’s certainly changed from its historic shape. A good source for the parish boundary is on http://maps.familysearch.org/. Here you can click through a map of Lancashire, then select the option to list all the parishes. This will take you to a map. The parish of Walton-on-the-Hill stretches further north than Hall Lane. Also, on my own site you can see the rough outline of the old townships (which are generally larger than parishes). Again, the historic township stretches further north than Hall Lane. See the Map of Walton Township.

      I’m not sure exactly if or when the boundaries changed, as these areas are historical. I thought perhaps the Boundary Commission might be making changes, but their map of Liverpool North does not have a boundary at Hall Lane either (though it’s not far off, near Aintree Rail Station). See http://rr-bce-static.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Liverpool-North-BC.pdf?9d7bd4 for a PDF of a map of the local authority and wards. Either way, the Commission’s decisions are not yet final (they’ll be published in March).

      Hope this is of some help.
      Martin

  2. Janis Baggott says:

    I am trying to find out more about St. Thomas’ Church which was in Walton on the Hill. I think it must have been demolished but would appreciate any information.

  3. james says:

    my aunty lives in hall lane n shes classed as aintree, i lived in the sparrow hall estate n as far as anyone living in the areas concerned, fazakerley goes from the east lancs frm the crown down to copplehouse lane, from the crown to long lane in the other direction, long lane down to higher lane, up higher lane to longmoor lane n then down longmoor to copplehouse, forming roughly an l shape

    • Dave Bridson says:

      The original (pre-1845) boundary of the township of Fazakerley is quite difficult to describe using street names because the area was mainly open fields and much of the boundary follows streams.

      Beginning near junction of Sandy Lane and Higher Lane the boundary runs along Higher Lane, across Longmoor Lane and about one third of the way along Seeds Lane it turns north-east across the fields to meet the side of Aintree Racecourse opposite the end of Barlow’s Lane. From here it runs alongside the Racecourse (following the line of Becher’s Brook), past the end of Signal Works Road and then turns south-east to the bend in Sherwood’s Lane. It runs north-easterly along Sherwood’s Lane then turns south-east just before the junction with Aintree Lane before turning south-west to meet the corner of the Cottage Homes.

      The boundary then runs along the eastern side of the Cottage Homes, crosses Longmoor Lane and turns north-east towards Copplehouse Lane but then turns roughly south about 20 yards before Copplehouse Lane to follow a small stream which joins Fazakerley Brook near the junction of Copplehouse Lane and Field Lane. It then runs roughly alongside Stonebridge Lane to the original stone bridge where it turns south-west to follow the course of Sugar Brook across the former sewage works, under Lower Lane, then under what is now the East Lancs Road and under that corner of Norris Green as far as Scargreen Avenue Playing Fields. The playing fields are where Sugar Brook starts. I say starts because it’s still there in a culvert.

      From the playing fields the boundary zig-zags under Norris Green before passing under Strawberry Lane (now Road) near its present-day junction with Townsend Avenue. Turning north-west it then runs under Scarisbrick Road and the old railway before meeting the Tue Brook under the playing field on Richard Kelly Drive.

      The boundary then follows the course of the Tue Brook alongside Richard Kelly Drive, around the edge of what is now Walton Hall Park, around the back of the old Dunlops site on Rice Lane and continuing northward under Rice Lane Recreation Ground to the back of St John’s Church on Rice Lane. The brook (and the boundary) then turn north-east under Chapel Avenue, under Archbishop Beck School and its playing field before emerging across Long Lane alongside Durley Road. It meanders alongside the Liverpool-Kirkby Railway line, crosses under the railway and through Higher Lane Allotments and passes under Higher Lane to the point at which this description started.

  4. julie says:

    Hi. I am trying to find out about walton in the 1700’s and was wondering if anyone could tell me of any directories of history books of the area. I have an ancester, Richard Vose who is listed as being an inn keeper in walton in 1732 and am trying to fnd out about him.

    Thank you

    • Susan says:

      Hi Julie I have just read your post concerning Richard Vose and was wondering if you were able to find anything out about him? His daughter Margaret Vose married into my Welsby family.

      Look forward to hearing from you

      Susan

  5. Michelle Donovan says:

    Hello – I am just wandering if anyone has any history information on 45a Chapel Avenue. I am lead to believe it used to be an old railway house but has been used more recently for a commercial building. Thankyou

    • Hi Michelle,

      Looking at the early Ordnance Survey maps, 45a was built at the same time as the surrounding houses, and first appears on the 1908 edition. Unfortunately I’ve not been able to find out anything else about the building, although it all looks exactly the same on that map as it does today.

      However, there were three railway lines passing each other in that area, and so the function of the building may very well have related to that. The land to the north east (where Renwick Road now stands) was still a field, and so some enterprising individual may have built what you might think of as a mini farm or other commercial building which could take advantage.

      Regards,
      Martin

    • Dave Bridson says:

      45a Chapel Avenue was built as a house and dairy. Like many small dairies around Liverpool at that time it kept a small number of cows to provide fresh milk and the owner was known as a cow-keeper rather than a dairy man. This was one of several in the Liverpool that were owned by the Capstick family, in this case John Capstick. There’s a bit more info here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-14855763

  6. Does anyone know of a road called 54 Tonville Road, Walton, this is perhaps my family’s last known address given by my Great Grandad as he applied for money from the Poorhouse register in 1926, General Strike time. Another address was from the microfiche in Liverpool temporary library. They said my Mum’s family also lied in Commercial Road. Apparently, quite a bit of it is gone. The number given was 90. I’m coming down from Kilmarnock in August to try and find these addresses. Anybody give me a landmark to look for? Thanks.marilib.Ayrshire.

  7. sara osborne says:

    Does anyone know of a St james Church in Walton on the hill ,

  8. sara osborne says:

    Also has anyone heard of a Brookfield farm in that area around 1866 or know where i can find out about this , thanks

    • There’s a Brook Field Farm near Ormskirk, though not sure whether this is the one you’re after. See it here on Google Maps.

    • Dave Bridson says:

      Until at least 1915 there was a Brookfield Farm (with Brookfield House next to it) on Long Lane, Fazakerley, opposite Hartley’s Ham Factory. The farm later became the site of the Schweppe’s factory, probably in the 1930s.

      • Sue Sayers says:

        I have Henry Lafone living Brookfield House 1859 an article in the local newspaper about a lad having an accident Lawrence Hall

    • Peter Yates says:

      Brookfield Farm was owned by my great-grandfather Edward Lunt. He and his 5 children are listed in the 1891 census as living at the farm. I don’t know when he bought the farm as 10 years earlier he is listed as a labourer living at 23 Sandy Lane Walton on the Hill. My grandmother Alice was born at the farm in 1887 and I have a photo of her feeding the chickens in the farmyard, Unfortunately it does not show enough of the farm buildings to be able to date them and my grandmother died when I was 12 so I did not get much information about it. It was sold in about 1932 for industrial development along with Mittons Farm (not sure of the spelling or the exact location) belonging to Edward’s brother Robert which stood on the other side of Long Lane.

    • bill cross says:

      there was a brookfield farm on the edge of what is kirkby.i remember as a kid thhe farm was on Little Brookfield Lane. brookfield school was built on the on the site

  9. Sally Montgomery says:

    Hi I’m researching a family who lived at and ran the Queen Vicoria pub at 57 Rice lane in 1911 the oldest photo I’ve found was taken in 1960 though have seen one for the Rice house pub from 1911 which is very similar. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you

  10. Bruce Eames says:

    Some older residents of Walton may remember Kelly Brothers, who built & leased many houses in the area. The family lived in Walton by 1777 and by the 19th century successive generations were bricklayers and stonemasons. During the life of Richard Appleton Kelly (1809-1865) the family began to build and offer houses and shops for lease, and by the late 19th century their portfolio included many hundreds of properties.

    In the 1870s Kelly Brothers came into being as the partnership of Richard’s four sons : Richard, James, William and Benjamin. They took on many large contracts, including Fazakerley Cottage Homes (1887-89), Toxteth Park Infirmary (1892), Ogden’s Tobacco Works (1899-1901), Walton Board Schools (1894), and perhaps most famously, Goodison Park (1892).

    The brothers were community-minded and served in many public offices. Richard (1839-1918) became an alderman of Liverpool after holding a position on Walton Local Board. Youngest brother Benjamin (1854-1918) was involved in Everton Football Club from its beginnings as a Director and also Chairman at one stage.

    • Hi Brian,

      Thanks for your contribution. I’m really interested in details of who built Liverpool, from all eras. It’s always interesting when they dealt with big landmarks like Goodison too.

      Regards,
      Martin

  11. Catherine says:

    Hello, I’m looking for any kind of information about the past of one house in Walton. It’s adress is Walton, Breeze Hill L9 1DY. I would like to know what is the age of this house and also it would be interesting to know about the previous owners of this house. Can you help me? Is it possible to get such kind of information?

    • Hi Catherine,
      Those houses on Breeze Hill are almost all Victorian, with the roads around the modern flyover first appearing on maps of 1891. You can indeed find out information about former inhabitants of houses, but you’ll have to find your way around censuses, which I’m not much of an expert on. If you know anyone with access to the likes of Ancestry.com, then they will probably know how to help you.
      Regards,
      Martin

  12. bill says:

    Can anyone tell me when the copplehouse pub fazakerley was built, and any information about the Railway Pub which was on the site that is now the Chaser,longmoor lane.

    • Hi Bill,

      The Copplehouse Pub was built at around the same time as the surrounding houses, between 1927 and 1937, while the Railway pub was built some time in the last half of the 19th century, first appearing on the 1893 map, but not present on the 1850 edition.

      Martin

  13. ste latimer says:

    Some really interesting stuff on here, do you have any info on exact position of the cottages near walton hall, I think they may have been roughly were the intersection of wally hall ave and stanley park ave north is.
    Many thanks, Ste.

  14. Rose Ledsham says:

    When I was a child in the 1930’s I remember the Rectory in Walton Village being burnt down. Can you tell me more about it.

  15. c h friend says:

    please settle an argument re the building of the sparrow hall council housing estate. wnen was work started and in which order were the roads built

  16. mary mcloughlin says:

    Please can you tell me where the church of St James was in Walton on the Hill and if it still exists or if not a picture of it.

    Many Thanks

  17. Michael ball says:

    I live in a 2 bedroom terrace in church road Walton,L4 5UE.I am trying to find out when church red west was built?Does any one no ?

  18. Kate says:

    Hi there! I am in Canada having emigrated from Liverpool many years ago. l was watching ” Our Zoo” and a Lady Catherine Longmoor is a character in the episode and it occurred to me that perhaps our Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley, was named for the Longmoores of Upton Cheshire. l tried to find out by myself and stumbled across this web site! Hope you can answer my question. l was born in Walton, family Irish lmmigrants. They lived around the Throsttles Nest pub in Walton. my great grandparents were farm labourers on the Sefton estate. I was brought up in Fazakerley, mixed marriage, very confusing. Ha ha!

  19. David says:

    I used to live in a somewhat confusing location as to place names in North Liverpool. The road I was brought up in was Cornett Road off Longmoor Lane,now in Fazakerley these days,( as advised by an earlier contributor the Fazakerley boundary was close to Barlows Lane and Fazakerley Railway station) however, the other end of Cornett Road junctions with Hall Lane in Walton.
    Many addresses in this area are described as in Aintree for example ‘Aintree Baptist Church’ not far from Walton Vale. My family and many of our neighbours addressed their letters as from Aintree Liverpool 9
    Aintree, of course, is about three quarters of a mile away along the A59 to the north and is located in the Borough of Sefton.

    • It seems that north Liverpool had a bit of a confusion of boundaries! I’ve always thought that people tend to put their address as where they ‘feel’ they live, so perhaps your family felt allied to Aintree even though the maps would tell them they lived elsewhere.

      Martin

  20. Bill Chapman says:

    I am interested in anything anyone can tell me about a young lady called C. Jenkins who lived at 2 Euston Street, Walton. I know that she was at that address in 1913. I would love to know her full first name. She was an expert in the planned language Esperanto, and passed the Advanced exam of the British Esperanto Association in 1913. She even became a Fellow of that organisation. I was tol;d that she emigrated to the United States that year or early in 1914, weither to get married or as a resulyt of a marriage. Any information would be very welcome. Dankon! That’s “Thanks” in Esperanto.

    • What an interesting person! It would be fascinating to hear why she moved to the US, especially as she must have been something of a Europhile! Not much call for Esperanto use across the pond I would have thought… 😉

      Martin

  21. William Fawcett says:

    Hi, can anyone tell me anything about the blacksmiths that used to be opposite Walton Church. I remember it from my childhood being where The Lifestyle Gym is now. I think the care home named ‘Smithy Grange’ is named after it.
    Thanks

    • Hi William,

      I can’t find a smithy marked on the old maps, but up until the 1950 maps (at least) the road called Walton Village is called Smithy Lane for a short stretch up to Queens Drive.

      The Lifestyles Gym seems to have replaced a public baths, which were already there in the 1920s. However, there’s a ‘Glebe Farm’ further south on that street, so perhaps it was part of that? I’d welcome any memories from others here!

      Here’s a map (click for larger version):

      • William Fawcett says:

        Hi Martin
        Thanks for that, Queens Drive baths was still there in the late 80s. I seem to remember the Smithy being where Moores House Care Home is now situated next to the Lifestyle Gym. I used to watch the blacksmith at work when on my way home from infant school.
        Cheers. Bill

  22. Peter Lowe says:

    My grandfather Alf Fawcett had a Dairy at 19 Breeze Hill in Walton.He kept a herd of cows there for many years.He moved from Bellerby in North Yorkshire along with many others to set up dairies in Liverpool.The Hogg family opened a number of dairies in Liverpool and in Hough Green near Widnes.My grandfather retired in the mid 1950,s
    I wonder if anyone remembers him or the dairy?

    • Mal Holmes says:

      Peter… I am researching a headstone in Everton Cemetery. It is for Thomas Read Mansergh. In the 1911 census it shows him owning the dairy at 19 Breeze Hill after moving there from another Dairy in Queens Road / Bootle. By 1918 Thomas had retired to the Wirral. do you have any information, previous to your grandfather owning the Breeze Hill Dairy… Many thanks… Mal (Everton C, Historian)

  23. Simon Hart says:

    Hello, would anybody know when the houses on Leta Street (just behind Gwladys Street) date from? Thank you.

    • Martin says:

      Hi Simon,

      The original street was a straight road of terraces, and appears on the 1890s Ordnance Survey map, but not the 1849 edition, so the houses date from between those times. The current houses were built to replace the terraces, which were deemed unsuitable for modern habitation and were demolished in the 1960s and 70s. I think the houses were built in the 1980s.

      Martin

      • Simon Hart says:

        Thank you for providing this information, Martin. It was actually the original terraced houses I was interested in learning about, so I’m grateful for the confirmation that they were Victorian.
        Best wishes,
        Simon

  24. Sue says:

    Hello, I’m currently taking part in a project which requires information on the environmental conditions in places I have lived during my life. So I am starting with my very first home which was at 33 N. Parade, Walton Park, Liverpool. Can anyone tell me what was the source of domestic drinking water for homes in Walton Park between 1943 & 1946, and what kind of home heating was commonly used? Any information will be much appreciated.

    Sue.

    • Martin says:

      Hi Sue,

      I’m not much of an expert on domestic heating, but coal fires would have been the most common source of heat. Also some oil heating might have started making its way into the home by the 1940s, at least in the larger houses, so radiators might have been present. As for the water source, the reservoir at Lake Vyrnwy has been supplying Liverpool with water since the late 19th century, so the most likely source is that. There were also some more local water storage sources, though I’m not sure of the specifics for the Walton area.

      Martin

      • Sue says:

        Don’t know what happened to my first (& incomplete) reply–it vanished on me, so I’m starting again.

        Hi Martin,

        Thanks very much for your reply which narrows down the possible types of heating & the water supply sources my grandparents might have used in their rental home (possibly a semi-detached house) at 70 Rawcliffe Rd. in Walton. This is interesting and helpful information.

        Sue.

  25. Sue says:

    Apologies~I think the address of my home in Walton Park was 70 Rawcliffe Rd. Those of you who know the area will likely recognize the correct address!

    Sue

  26. Charlie says:

    Anyone know anything about the army barracks that was in Walton on the Hill in 1851? I have a census entry for a regiment stationed there and would like to know what the area was like at that time. Thanks

    • Ian Farrell says:

      There was a militia storehouse around the back of Notre Dame school in Everton Valley and also the barracks on Rupert Lane off Heyworth St, at the time they may well have been part of Walton at the time.

  27. Brenda says:

    Hi Charlie

    I too am seeking information on these barracks as I have just discovered that my great, great grandfather Henry McCawley (from Carrickfergus,Antrim) was stationed there in 1851, before getting married and moving to Scotland.

    Hope someone can enlighten us!

  28. Peter curlett says:

    Hi everyone,

    If there is anybody on here who is interested in the local Walton Labour party or who knows they have had family who were members I have a number of books from the labour club which include meeting minutes ledgers members and a many other ledgers from the local club. I think they were to do with the labour club on Hale road. Some of the books go back as early as 1900 and there are a number covering the war years both first and second world war. They include ledgers about ration distribution and many other things if anyone is interested please contact me as they are gathering.dust at my house and I think they will be of real interest to some people. There isabout 30 ledgers and notebooks in total I think.

  29. Patricia Shirley Loveridge. says:

    My uncle Eugene/iny/ernie Brennan with his father and brothers, Worked/owned a slaughter house in Cherry lane and allowed travelling fairground people to stay on some of the land with their caravans when not attending fairs. He had a Bungalow in Grove st, but his mother lived in a Wooden bungalow in Cherry Lane, In the 1920_1930s. I would love to know more if anyone can help, at least 7 of them are buried in Anfield cemetary. I am 80 this year so have left it a bit late to seek information. lol

  30. Ian Farrell says:

    http://liverpoolpictorial.co.uk/liverpool_1881_map/

    This map may be of use looking for stuff! Hope it helps!

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