Mapping the history of Liverpool

Welcome to the site which lets you explore old maps of Liverpool, find out more about the historic features in your back yard, and take away a souvenir of Liverpool's past!

Old Maps of Liverpool

There are a growing number of interactive maps, reproductions of maps of Merseyside from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. You can zoom in to see great detail, and buy a copy for yourself, or a fellow Liverpool lover!

See the old maps of Liverpool

History Map

The main attraction on Historic Liverpool is the History Map.

This interactive and zoomable map lets you zoom in to your chosen place and see all the places of interest. You'll see hidden bits of history that you might never have noticed, or an old stone monument you may always have wondered about.

There is everything from prehistoric footprints on Formby beach to the courthouse in West Derby village. I'm always adding new things to this map, so jump in!

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The Historic Liverpool Blog

The Historic Liverpool blog is where you can find an assortment of posts which don't fall in to the other categories that you'll see around this site. There are book reviews, events, and other little historic details which are there in Liverpool's historic landscape for you to find.

Feel free to comment or ask questions, and I'll see what I can do to help!

Martin

Rainford Prized Pots

This is part of a series of posts based on the talks given at the Recent Developments in Merseyside Archaeology conference. It was held on the 13th October 2018, and took place at the Museum of Liverpool. This session was slightly different, in that as well as a talk, Jeff Speakman showed attendees pottery excavated […]

Community Archaeology in Merseyside – sieving through our past

This is part of a series of posts based on the talks given at the Recent Developments in Merseyside Archaeology conference. It was held on the 13th October 2018, and took place at the Museum of Liverpool. This talk was given by Vanessa Oakden, now Curator of Regional & Community Archaeology at the Museum of […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Queensway Tunnel tour – Going underground in Liverpool history, part II

The thing which inspired this website from the outset was the huge number of historic features in Liverpool that we take for granted every day. The Queensway Tunnel is one of them. Thousands of people use it every day to commute between Liverpool and Birkenhead. It’s part of the furniture. And yet it’s easy to […]

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