Landscapes are tricky things to understand. They’re made up of individual historical sites, as well as layers of history in their roads, buildings, and activities. These articles draw together all the elements of an specific area of Liverpool’s history, and tease out the trends seen over time.

Natural Merseyside

Every aspect of the landscape – every building, road, lake, stream and path – has been affected by what came before it. Roads avoid steep slopes and buildings prefer well-drained ground. Ancient field (more…)

Medieval Merseyside

Once the Romans left British shores, we start to see evidence of British and, later, Scandinavian settlements leaving traces in the historical and archaeological records. Modern place names are the (more…)

Romano-British Merseyside

Finds from Meols demonstrate that trade contacts extended as far as the Mediterranean, with Roman, French and Carthaginian artefacts all making their way to north west Britain. However, extensive Romanisation (more…)

Bronze Age Merseyside

In the Bronze Age, the climate on Merseyside deteriorated, sea levels rose, and sand and shingle ridges formed on the coast, now visible up to a kilometre (0.6 miles) inland. Some small-scale farming may (more…)

Neolithic Merseyside

Something of a ‘ritual landscape’ can be glimpsed in the locations of the Calder Stones – a former burial chamber – along with the Pikeloo Hill, the Rodger Stone and Robin Hood’s Stone. Only the first (more…)

Mesolithic Merseyside

With a variety of Mesolithic sites on Merseyside, ranging from flint scatters at Tarbock and Crosby, and Mesolithic settlements in Ditton Brook and Sefton, we’re left with the suggestion that the Mesolithic (more…)

Ancient Crosses of Lancashire

The following are all extracts from The Ancient Crosses of Lancashire: the hundred of West Derby by Henry Taylor (1902). Liverpool In Baines’s Lancashire an old print is reproduced showing the village (more…)

Port Sunlight: traces of nature in the man-made landscape

Plan of Port Sunlight from 1914

I visited Port Sunlight late last year. It was something I’d been meaning to do for ages, and it was a gorgeous day! The reason it was (for want of a less pun-tastic phrase) right up my street is that (more…)

Croxteth Park from the air

Aerial view of Croxteth Hall, taken in 1954

Having written about Liverpool history for a while now, I’m lucky enough to be copied in to a lot of interesting tid-bits of the city’s past. This happened recently when Croxteth Park’s Twitter account (more…)

Liverpool’s Largest Landscape: Western Approaches

This blog often talks about the role played by Liverpool’s geography throughout history. From the location of the ancient Calderstones (wherever that might have been) to the collection of banking institutions (more…)

Woodland on Merseyside and the Mersey Forest

A photo of early morning sun among the woodland of Sefton park, Liverpool.

The year 2011 was declared as the International Year of Forests by the UN (see the Echo for some of Liverpool’s plans). The very modern Mersey Forest has seen 8 million new trees planted since 1994. But (more…)

Madryn Street: Ringo’s Birthplace and the Welsh Streets

Map of Toxteth, Liverpool, in the 1960s

The childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney are massively popular tourist attractions. George Harrison’s and Ringo’s homes (like 9 Madryn Street) don’t get so much as a blue plaque. But is Ringo’s (more…)

Knott’s Hole and the Garden Festival Site

Photograph of Knott's Hole

Knott’s Hole, from the Ordnance Survey Edition of 1908 The former site of Liverpool’s historic Garden Festival was in the news (more…)

Mapping the History of Liverpool

Interactive maps of Liverpool's suburbs, old maps of Merseyside, and details of our protected, listed heritage.

And don't forget the book, Liverpool: a Landscape History


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