1865: Illustrated London News View of Liverpool from the Mersey

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This is a colossal map in a very literal sense (Note: don’t forget to scroll all around and see both panels!). It’s a large print which splits Liverpool across two frames, and was issued as a supplement to the Illustrated London News in 1865.

Click the buttons with this icon to zoom to that part of the map.

The view is a bird’s eye panorama like Ackermann’s Panoramic View of 1847, and is as full (if not more so!) than the other map. If anything, the scale is more accurate on this image. The buildings look more true to life, though the ships in the foreground look a little over-sized to help fill the composition.

Customs House and Sailors’ Home

My favourite part of this map is how clearly we see the old Customs House sitting next to the Sailors’ Home – two crucial maritime service buildings. The Albert Dock is also there in all its glory, full of ships of sail and steam.

Albert Dock

Away from the centre’s famous landmarks, we can see a beautifully detailed bird’s-eye view of St James’s Gardens (later the Anglican Cathedral). Nearby stands the Great George Street Congregational Church today operating as the Black-E.

St James Gardens

This is a bustling image of Liverpool in the middle of its acendancy to pre-eminence. Looking at the skyline brings this home – chimneys pierce the sky next to windmills, those workaday buildings we so often associate with a long-lost agricultural past.

Skyline and windmills

4 Comments on “1865: Illustrated London News View of Liverpool from the Mersey”

  • Walter Reed


    Me interesa una foto del barco Herschel, en Liverpool. y ¿cuanto decoraban en llegar a Bahìa?
    Walter Reed


  • Chris


    This is fantastic. So much detail when zooming in, just on first sheet I can see Bedford Place Bootle, Bank Hall, Sandhills (think that’s the Atlantic Pub with an extra 2nd floor), Stanley Road, Hawthorne Rd, County Rd, Kirkdale, Everton etc etc . .

    Previously I’ve only ever been able to imagine these views from the old maps, many thanks.


  • Porcus Volans


    I’ve just bought a colourised copy of this in two halves. It is 2.3m long in its frame and is hanging in my living room. The detail is amazing and it is mesmerising; I could stand and stare at it for hours.


    • Leslie Mundy


      Hi, where did you buy it.


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