This site would benefit from your input, so if you know of anything which should be included on this site, for example in the Liverpool History Map, then fill in the contact form below. I’ll put your name on the relevant page. If you have photographs you’re willing to release under a Creative Commons License, then so much the better!

I am also on Twitter: @histliverpool (tweet me!) and Facebook:

Who do I think I am?

My name is Martin Greaney, and I did my undergraduate studies (BA Archaeology and Prehistory) at Sheffield Uni, and stayed there to do my MA in Landscape Archaeology. After completing this, and not being satisfied with 8 hours of archaeological work per day, I decided to put my knowledge of my city of birth down on paper (or screen). So here we are!

I am also the author of Liverpool: A landscape history, which is a book telling the story of Liverpool and Merseyside through the development of the landscape, from the ice age to the 21st century. You can pick up a copy from all the usual outlets, or direct from this website on the Historic Liverpool History book and map shop.

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  • Hello there Martin,

    I know that this is a difficult way to get some information about Liverpool but I have just visted your site picked up from a google search so I can get some information about the history of Liverpool.

    First of my name is Anzac or Zac as I am better known as, I am of Polynesian decent (Niue Island) to be pricise and I have been living in the UK with my English wife who’s parents are both from Liverpool.

    Anyway I am in the middle of scribing my memoirs of my travels through this side of the world and have been in Liverpool quite a lot and have learnt so much about its history and culture, however I am stuck with information on who the orginal dwellers of Liverpool are and I have been told by a number of people that they are believed to be Anglo-Saxons and Norskemen.

    I have infromation about Liverpool date back to the year King John gave Liverpool its right to be called a city.

    Would you by any chance point me in the right direction as to who the original dwellers of Liverpool are before King John.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks again

    • Hi Zac,

      Thanks for commenting on the site, and sorry it’s taken me a little while to get back to you!

      It’s hard to pinpoint exactly who the pre-John dwellers of Liverpool were, but going back in time, it would be something like as follows:

      Normans: The Normans invaded England in 1066, and carried out their great survey, Domesday Book, in 1086. This shows that Merseyside was made up of a number of manors within the hundred of West Derby. Liverpool, although not named in Domesday, would probably have been one of these manors, consisting of a farm with surrounding lands. The people who lived in the area could probably be labelled ‘English’ as it is unlikely that Normans (from Normandy in northern France) would have completely replaced those who came before them.

      English/Anglo-Saxon and Viking: Before the Norman invasion the people in the area would have been a mixture of Norse and Anglo-Saxon people, depending on exactly where you look (more Norse/Viking on the Wirral and east Lancashire, with Anglo Saxons in Walton, Allerton and West Derby). Some of the Anglo-Saxon landholders were mentioned in the Domesday Book when it lists the owners previous to the Normans, such as Uctred in West Derby.

      Going back further you are looking at the Roman era, and before that the Iron Age, Bronze Age and Neolithic. The Romans had some cultural influence on Britain, but most of the population would still have been ‘British’, not Roman, and to all intents and purposes these would be the direct descendents of those who came over from the continent in the previous ice age (before the English Channel flooded). Of course, it’s hard to label them ‘British’ without assuming some sort of native people, but in prehistory there was certainly constant if slow movement all over Europe.

      To answer your specific question (who were the original inhabitants of Liverpool?) it can be said that before John ‘Liverpool’ either did not exist or was little more than a farm on the banks of the Mersey. The original inhabitants of Liverpool were those who moved into the new town, which was laid out from scratch when John founded it. The older inhabitants of the general Merseyside area, however, were either British or English and Viking, depending on how far back you look.

      Hope this brief overview helps, but let me know if you want any more details.


  • Hello Martin,

    I have been trying for several years to get hold of a copy of a Liverpool A-Z, specifically dating from 1969-1970, if one was ever published. If not a Geographia map of the same date will do.

    I have already tried:

    Liverpool Central Library
    The A-Z Company
    The Geographia Maps company
    The national archives in Swindon

    Do you know where I might be able to obtain, or see one?

    • Hi David,

      Well, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on eBay, as there are a couple on there at the moment, though if your date range is strictly 69-70 its hard to tell if they’re exactly what you want (Geographia maps don’t seem to have the dates on them). Have you tried the National Archives in Kew, London? I see from their website ( that they have some Geographia maps, and though I can’t find Liverpool ones, I don’t trust my web searching skills enough to know whether I’ve missed something.

      There’s also (e.g., owned by Amazon though specializing in antiquarian books. It definitely has Liverpool Geographia maps of Liverpool, but not necessarily of your dates at the time of writing (mostly again due to the lack of dates printed on the map).

      I think your best bet is to keep checking eBay and Abebooks, although try the Kew Archives too.

  • Hi I really like the look and content of your site I’m putting together a site on walks in the liverpool area using Joomla, an open source app – what did you use to put your site together? Also do you use a hosting company in the Mside area?



    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for the comments. This site is built with WordPress, another open source app. I build all my websites in WordPress now, as I’m becoming quite adept at it!*

      For the hosting I use 1and1, though unfortunately not a Merseyside company. I’ve been with them for years and I’ve never had a problem, and their cheapest package is suitable for a single website with either WordPress or Joomla (or any other installed software).

      There do seem to be plenty of Liverpool-based firms though, so you should be able to find something that suits. Your website idea sounds great – drop me a line when it’s up and running!


      *So adept, I now run Ship Shape Web Design!

  • james hutchinson says:

    hi do you have any info on tees st in walton as my grandparents moved from thier in the 1920s to gainsborough lincs i visited thier two weeks ago but all i could find was the remains of an old wall have you any history on what happened to the st/jim

    • Hi Jim,

      Yes, that Tees St is a classic of the area – a cul-de-sac once part of the giant grid-iron pattern of streets which stretched across the area. On the 1849 map it’s an anonymous road right on the edge of town, next to the Liverpool Industrial School (search on this Workhouses website). The 1893 map shows the road going all the way through to Melrose Road, with terrace housing on the north side only (and the school still on the south side).

      Historic Liverpool has an 1890 map of the area, which you can see centred on Tees Street here. Your grandparents must have lived on the north side. This area was redeveloped along with large parts of north inner Liverpool in the 1960s, creating the curving streets we see today.

      There’s quite an old wall on the south side of the street. This looks old enough to be part of the boundary of the old school, although it’s not easy to find out how long walls have been there. Certainly it’s older than the flats there now! The school building is still shown on the 1968 map, so the remains of the wall are almost certainly part of it – there was some green space where the plot faces Westminster road, so the wall may have looked pretty much as it does now.

      Hope this is of interest.


  • Am desperately trying to find out why the land that used to be a farm in bootle was turned into Bootle cemetary and who decided to do this and most importantly who built the wall and the little chapel. ?

  • Michael Green says:

    I have just stumbled on your site via Google. It is a truly wonderful resource! I am tracking down all the census addresses of forebears. Just a slight problem. I have addresses of Wellington Street and Ford Street. Using the A-Z I can go straight to the sections (L9 and L10) and find the streets. However, when I press ZOOM, it takes me to a different section of the map, not one including my streets.

  • Michael Green says:

    Further to my recent message. It is only the L9 (Wellington Street) zoom which seems not to zoom to the right section. The L10 (Ford Street) is fine. Sorry.

    • Hi Michael,

      It looks like when you zoom out, the square in question is in the middle on the bottom row. I expected it to be in the centre of the zoomed out view, but perhaps this isn’t how the site works. Hopefully I’ve helped you track down Wellington Street on the zoomed out view. Also, the A-Z is, unfortunately, not a site I can take credit for! But it is a great site.


  • Hi

    What a great site as it has helped me find the streets where by ancestors lived. They seemed to have a lot of addresses between 1853 to 1868. I was wandering if they moved so often because of economic reasons? Were they getting poorer or richer?
    Some of the name of addresses were (obtained thru birth and death cert’s): Green St (1853); Elise Terrace, Green St (1854); William St (1856); Holford St (1860); Duckworth St (1863); Starkie St (1865 to 1868). By 1869 completely loose track of the family. Both parents are dead, 4 of 9 children are dead and 1 of the living children (my great grandfather) turns up in Ireland. I would be grateful if you could tell me what was the economic status of some of these streets? I really want to get a picture of what is was like for this Briscoe family living in “Liverpool” in the 1850’s.

    Being in Australia my only way to obtain info is thru the internet. Thanks for your time.


    • Hi Debi,

      Sounds like you’ve done really well with the family history, even if you’ve lost track of later records. Some of the streets you mention are very small city centre streets, with Holford and Starkei being very close to each other roughly in this area. William Street is now called Eberle Street, off Dale Street. I can’t imagine that differences in their wealth would make too much difference moving between these streets. They may have moved because the city centre streets were being redeveloped for offices, which was happening a lot in the 19th century as Liverpool grew in stature.


  • Karen DePratto nee/Bowler/Nichols says:

    I was wondering just how I would find about my granddad, Bertram James Nichols, born 1886 November, Liverpool, England, at 51 Darwin Street. I realize that new names have taken the place of many of the old streets in Liverpool. My grandfather lived in England and Africa, before coming to Canada where he remained till he died. It has been said by his siblings, all nineteen, that he was a guard at Buckingham Palace and went to Oxford University. His father, same name, was an accountant and had a produce business, which his wife ran as well. Ruth Rutherford was a drunkard said my great granddad when in court defending his right to divorce her. She was financially ruining the family by stealing from her husband and children. Now that being said, I would need further account of the said crime by wife through other sources other than husband. When it comes to divorce, many things can be said, but can be far from the truth…it’s about winning your case. After all he did marry again not too soon after. I know G Granddad was well off, and also was employed by Lloyds Of London as an underwriter. My maternal grandfather was employed by the First National Bank Of Africa, I have a copy of his employment agreement with the bank. I was told he was in Africa on family business and that he or his dad were merchants in China and Asia. I have no proof of many of the statements made to me and am trying now to piece them together. Do You have any idea where I should start? Also was told that my grandfathers family were inventors of some beverage? Myself, I have many curiosities, like were they related to the John Nichols Printers and Gentlemen’s Magazine? I have letters from customs to my grandfather, warning him with a fine if he ever ordered parts for construction of a still again, he would be held accountable by the law. I share documents with those who share the same with me. Looking forward to hearing back from you when you have the time. For now though…I do thank you for your time and interest in this unusually long piece written by myself. Karen (Gail) DePratto/nee Bowler/Nichols

    • Hi Karen,

      I’m not much of an expert on family history, though I know a handful of websites that are very popular, and could offer a little general history research advice. I’m sure you’re aware of census records, and these are the best place to start, either on or at the Liverpool Record Office. As your grandfather migrated between Britain and Africa you may find out some information on passenger lists. I’ve not used these myself, but if anyone here knows more, then do chip in. You may also look for court records surrounding the divorce – was this in Liverpool? Also there might be Lloyds of London records, if not of your ancestor himself then at least details of working conditions – offices or pay perhaps. With these records you may be able to tell if any or all of these stories are true. This is just a way to get started – hopefully I’ve been of a little help.


  • Hi Martin,

    Very informative site – I’m able to find the streets where my ancestors lived.

    My wife has wanted an old map of Liverpool that we could print out and frame. Please could you tell me from where can I purchase/download a high resolution digital version of the 1885 Environs of Liverpool Map?

    Thanks very much!


  • There used to be maps to view on your site. All the thumbnails look the same so I can’t determine whether the map I want to by for my 85 year old Aunt is the one I’ve been telling her about. The map I used to view had Everton on it and the street names were clearly visible. Are you able to put the maps back on line as view only so we can see what we’re buying please?


  • Hello there

    I am a school teacher who has recently started creating a schools-orientated website about Liverpool History, that may be of interest to you. The idea of the site is to educate secondary school children about their past, in a fun ‘cartoon’ style way. The site will include games and quizzes to educate and amuse them. Imagine a ‘scouse’ Horrible Histories!


    This is not (and will never be) a profit-making venture – more a passion and hobby. The site is still very much in it’s early stages, but I am trying to gauge people’s thoughts on what I am doing and offer any suggestions as what they feel should be included and also link their site to mine.
    Any help you can offer in helping to promote or improve my fledgling site would be most appreciated.

  • Hi,

    I am trying to find photos of Speke in the 1990’s and I am having difficulty finding any in the Liverpool Central Library Archives, council, or social media. I am originally from Speke and I am basically collecting photos of Speke such as churches, pubs, streets, shops buildings (eg speke parade, western, crescent, eastern), parks, etc. If you have any photos archived I would be interested in purchasing copies or if you know of any others that do it would be of great help.

    Many thanks for your time


    • Hi Michael,

      I’ve not got any myself, but there’s a great person on Twitter and Facebook going by the name of Angel Cake. She shares a lot of photos and seems to know where to get them. If she can’t, nobody can! If you’re on Twitter you can go to, or try one of the Facebook groups such as Inacityliving. People there might be able to point you in the right direction.


  • Hi

    Trying to find out where Leycester Street liverpoolwas. Struggling to find on any old maps or old street names. Can you help. Would you know the type of housing. My Great Great Granddad and Grandma lived there in 1851.
    Look forward to hearing from you.


  • Keith Carmon says:

    I have “known” Ditton Brook for some 60 years and have never known it to be so full and never empty even when the Mersey is empty. Is the brook blocked anywhere along its course from Ditton railway bridge? Would like to know!!

    • Hi Keith,

      I can’t see anywhere on the maps that suggest it could be blocked. There are a lot of trees on the banks though – could it have become blocked in the recent stormy weather, with branches etc?


  • George do Campo says:

    Dear Martin:
    Can you tell us where in the map was the location in Liverpool related to export of house sparrow birds.
    We are interested about the bird hunting activity around Liverpool and where they put together in Liverpool before the trip to anywhere in the planet. Also we will like to know if there is a list o map of all the continents where the bird where send.
    Best Regards

    • Hi George,

      That’s a great question! I’ve never come across any information about sparrow exports, and a quick Google hasn’t shown anything either, though perhaps someone with more knowledge than me would be more skilled in knowing what to search for! Do you have any information already, which might help me look into this?


    • Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for your interest in registering. Registering is not open at the moment, mainly because there’s little extra you can do if you have an account! If you’re trying to buy something from the shop, and you’re having trouble, let me know. It shouldn’t be a barrier, but do let me know if you have any trouble! Of course, if you’re really keen to register (for when I add the ability to contribute your own things to the site) then let me know and I can register you manually.


  • If you are further interested in Village Grove Everton is it possible for you to provide a contact number please ?

    • Hi Laura,

      Were you trying to get in touch with someone specific? I can pass on your email address to someone and ask them if they’d like to send you their phone number.


  • Dear Martin
    The Friends of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection are preparing for an exhibition in Sept about how Liverpool connects to our Collection. We would like to show a map of Liverpool with various places marked on the map (dealers, collectors etc)
    Is the following map available as a High Res File that we can edit and get printed onto a panel. If so please advise cost and process to order. The map we are interested in is
    Bacon’s Map of Liverpool (1885)
    Kind Regards Jacqueline

    • Hi Jaqueline,

      Thanks for your request! I’ve emailed you privately, but anyone else who wants to license the high resolution maps can either leave a comment on the site, or get in touch with me via the details on the Contact page.


  • margaretspann says:

    HI can any one give me information on st johns school huts harcourt crealock street photos ect thank you

    • Hi Margaret,

      I’ve found a couple of images from around the web, such as this one of Lambeth Road school seen from Crealock Street, seen through a gap in the houses.

  • Hi Martin,regarding the super Mr Dewsnap,was he our Mr Dewsnap from Woolton C P School 1961 to 66 ish?he was seen in Woolton after leaving our school doing history tours etc, do you have any photos of him,kind regards from Mrs Pamela Orritt

    • Hi Pam,

      I’m not sure where Mr. Dewsnap taught before he came to Blackmoor, though he did live in the Woolton area, so it could well be! I do have a photo or two somewhere, so I’ll try to dig it out.


  • I am looking for information about the Alexanda Hotel on Upper Hill Street which I think was closed in the 1930’s. What I really know about is one of the residents on the building Isabella Hoghan (Hogan) who was there on the 1911 census [can’t access it] and lived there with her daughter. Isabella emigrated to Liverpool after her husband died in 1910. The grandson Jack Hayle was present at the funeral. May’be you might be able to help or know someone who can. We are a group trying to trace down the descendants who lived on a historic street in Donegal

    • Hi Donnan,

      Good luck with your search for the people you’re interested in! All I can contribute is a link to Flickr where someone has taken a photo of the pub as it (barely) survives today. It might prompt other people to remember something of importance.

      Alexandra Hotel on Upper Hill Street, via Flickr:


  • Hi,

    I’m a primary school teacher and want to look at some maps of the city centre during the Victorian era. Have you got any maps that I can print and photocopy for a lesson?



    • Hi Danielle,

      There are four Victorian maps on the Old Maps page, and you can take a screenshot of any map on there and print it out. I’ve sent you an email about the electronic versions I can send you.


  • GeoffHooper says:

    We have a relative William Gorry born 1835 who came over from Ireland probably around the time of the potato famine?

    Who is shown in the 1871 census as living with his wife Mary and two young children in Fazackerkey Cottages

    We see from many records the Fazackerley Cottage homes were built in 1888 and opened in 1889.

    The 1881 census show William with a larger family living at New Road Factory Field..(Fazackerley)

    Does anyone know these locations (e.g. maps) and possibly explain how these cottages existed prior to the children homes establish in 1889?

    If anyone can shed some light on this that would be helpful..

  • Martins Bank Head Office (4 Water Street)
    Morning Martin, I wonder if you have any information about our Bank? You might like to check our website:
    and possibly, with the permission of our webmaster, share a link?
    We would also be interested in hearing from any visitors to your website who worked for Martins and/or have memories of the bank.
    Dave Baldwin
    Secretary, The Grasshopper Pensioners’ Club

    • Hi Dave,

      Thanks for sharing that link! The website looks great – I’ve never seen so much information! I’ve not got a page about Martin’s Bank yet, though I intend to put one up at some point. I know where to go for the information now! I can add a link to the website on my Historic Liverpool Diigo page which is where I collect all my Related Sites links, as well as on the page I write about the bank itself. Is there a particular page you think I should link to?

      I’ll pass on the message to my readers. I’m sure someone will have memories of the bank, either working there or using it.


  • Hello,
    I am hoping you can help me. I am looking for 34 Wellington Avenue, in Liverpool April 13, 1898. I cannot find the number 34 home in the 1897/1898/1899 directories. The names of the inhabitants would hopefully have be listed as Evans or Williams. If not, I would like to know whom is.

  • Barbara Murphy-Bridge says:

    I am wondering if 95 Peach Street is listed on the map you have for sale (Plan of Liverpool
    South Sheet) also 65 Peach , Mount Pleasant. ( Census year 1891 )

    Best regards from
    Punta Banda,BC

  • Peter Halsall says:

    Hi Martin,

    Great site, thanks.
    Just one detail confused me. You say that there were sufragettes in Walton Gaol until 1933. I thought the sufragette movement completed its work and women had the vote well before then. I would be fascinated if you could shed any light on this.


  • Hi Peter,

    I think my wording was a big ambiguous. There were women at Walton Gaol until 1933, but my source doesn’t say whether the Suffragettes were amongst those still there in that year. Though if they were, I would imagine that they were not jailed for campaigning for the vote, but for acts carried out in that cause, that could be (perhaps conveniently!) labelled as crimes. This might have included vandalism (and breaking windows). This page says they might be fined, then jailed when they refused to pay:

    Again, I don’t know whether jailed Suffragettes were given early reprieves, but I can imagine they were made to sit out the entirety of their sentence, however long that was. I do wonder whether any such sentence for vandalism would have kept them in prison until 1933, but suffice to say that the link between imprisonment and the right to vote wasn’t direct.

    I hope this clears things up as far as my own article is concerned, but I’d welcome anyone who can shed more light on this!


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