Mapping the history of Liverpool

Old maps, interactive maps, and the historic landscape of Liverpool

Explore Liverpool history, discover what your ancestors’ neighbourhoods were like, and buy a map print or Liverpool history book.

Liverpool History Shop

Almost all the old maps on this site can be bought as high quality prints, great for framing, and as a present!

There’s also the book – Liverpool: a landscape history, also available to buy from this website.

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Old Maps of Liverpool

Zoom and pan around the city from different periods. Get a bird’s eye view, or browse a traditional map from the Victorian era of Liverpool’s heyday.

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Interactive maps

An easy way to explore data from official sources like Historic England, or from personal research. Click on a feature and find out more!

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Liverpool History Blog

The blog includes everything from book reviews to bits of ‘hidden’ history that can be found in the landscape, plus upcoming events or new developments in the city.

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Recent posts from the blog

Liverpool University and its Institutional Landscape The area coming to be known as Liverpool's Knowledge Quarter has distinct landscape characteristics. The university is just one resident… Read more
Photograph of Prince's Dock, Liverpool, looking north Postcards from Edwardian Liverpool Recently, I was contacted by Monica Lewis who had found a collection of postcards belonging to her grandfather. He was… Read more
The Calderstones in their new location Calder Stones: a new, more accessible, home The Calder Stones have a troubled history, even for a site that's about 5000 years old. While it's escaped complete… Read more

Latest book reviews

Courts and Alleys by Elizabeth J. Stewart This book is part of the output of the ‘Galkoff's and the secret life of Pembroke Place’ project. (See my… Read more
Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadowplay, by Jeff Young This book is a memoir, and many of those have been published over the years (and a couple reviewed on… Read more
Book cover of Liverpool, by Hugh Hollinghurst Liverpool: unique images from the archive of Historic England Historic England are the government's adviser on the historic environment, so they have a duty to encourage the enjoyment of… Read more

Articles on old maps

Here’s 5 views of Google’s 3D Liverpool you might not have seen It's been all over the news lately: Liverpool is one of the first British cities to be rendered in three… Read more
Drawing of a medieval manor The historic villages of Liverpool – built to a template? All born-and-bred Liverpudlians (and many more people) will be aware that the city is made up of a collection of… Read more
Sketch map of Liverpool as it was in 1572 Lerpoole 1572 This map has popped up twice for me recently, as someone asked me for a scanned copy, an a second… Read more

All blog posts

Liverpool University and its Institutional Landscape - The area coming to be known as Liverpool's Knowledge Quarter has distinct landscape characteristics. The university is just one resident in a neighbourhood of academic and other institutions.
Courts and Alleys by Elizabeth J. Stewart - This book is part of the output of the ‘Galkoff’s and the secret life of Pembroke Place’ project. (See my article on a talk by Liz Stewart, this book’s author). It doesn’t cover the court houses archaeological excavations which took place as part of the project, which will come in a later publication. Court houses …
Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadowplay, by Jeff Young - This book is a memoir, and many of those have been published over the years (and a couple reviewed on this very site). Like some of those other memoirs, it is a series of reminiscences on family and place. But it’s a slightly different beast to the other memoirs. It’s main selling point is that …
Photograph of Prince's Dock, Liverpool, looking north Postcards from Edwardian Liverpool - Recently, I was contacted by Monica Lewis who had found a collection of postcards belonging to her grandfather. He was in the Navy in the First World War, and Monica thinks these postcards (amongst many from other parts of the world) were accumulated over the course of his career. She’d like me to share these …
The Calderstones in their new location Calder Stones: a new, more accessible, home - The Calder Stones have a troubled history, even for a site that’s about 5000 years old. While it’s escaped complete destruction like many of its Irish Sea cousins, there are many of these Neolithic sites which aren’t doing too badly. Even those completely denuded of their turf, soil and/or cobble mound stand proud in fields …
Mystery: Unique photos of the John Bibby Sons and Co. copper rolling mills, formerly in Window Lane, Garston - This is another of the guest posts on this blog, this time from John Owens. John got in touch hoping that I or you, dear readers, could help identify the source of some photos of a copper rolling works featuring an ancestor of his (see main article). I’ll pass it over to John now, who …
A Liver Bird’s point of view: Royal Liver Building 360 - There isn’t a more iconic Merseyside building than the Royal Liver Building. It sits at the Pier Head, the point at which Liverpool’s wealth flowed into the Victorian and Edwardian town. Its sister buildings embody one of the great shipping companies of Liverpool’s heyday and the Port itself, respectively. And it’s crowned with the two …
Photograph of entrance to Kazimier's pub garden Breathing Spaces, or A Sense of Placed - My interest in landscape is not just restricted to history and archaeology. I’m just as interested in the modern urban landscape (of Liverpool in the case of this blog), because it’s the product of everything that went before. Archaeologists recognise the ‘layers’ of landscape development as truly as they see the ordered layers in the …
Book cover of Liverpool, by Hugh Hollinghurst Liverpool: unique images from the archive of Historic England - Historic England are the government’s adviser on the historic environment, so they have a duty to encourage the enjoyment of England’s history. Part of this remit is to manage the Historic England Archive, from which a new series of books takes its content. The volume I review here is, you’ll be shocked to learn, Liverpool. …
Photo of St George's Hall, Liverpool, with CGI enhancements The City and the City and the Liverpool Landscape - This website is all about the historic landscape. It’s about how the landscape shapes what happens in the city, and it’s about the landscapes that we invent by living in it. Just think of the ‘Knowledge Quarter’ and the ‘Cavern Quarter’. Though they’re sickly marketing-gimmick names they do acknowledge some of the character that certain …