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Plan of Liverpool – South Sheet (1890)

printmapThis is the south half of a detailed plan of Liverpool published in 1890. It is incredibly detailed, showing every road name, paths within the parks, and even individual buildings in some streets (where those buildings were big enough).

There’s also an index to road names down two sides, making it easy to look up a place of interest.

It’s a partner to the North Sheet, also available on Historic Liverpool. There are also concentric circles showing distances from the Town Hall, each one quarter of a mile apart.

The version available on Historic Liverpool is an adapted version of the original, with the wards colour-coded. This old map covers Toxteth to Princes Park (and includes a slice of Sefton Park on its eastern edge), shows areas of West Derby, including undeveloped streets to the north of Edge Lane, and covers the very centre of Liverpool.

Here we therefore see the Customs House which occupied the site of the original Old Dock (and now Liverpool One) and other long-gone building such as St. John’s Church behind St. George’s Hall, St. Peter’s Church on Church Street, Central Station and St. James’ Cemetery, where the Anglican Cathedral now stands.


  1. My Dad was born in Upper Stanhope Street in 1925. I think between Berkely and Windsor streets.
    I have seen a map that showed there was a continuation, and this is very odd, of Stanhope street, at the location of what looked like Maynard Street , to the North side of Beaumont Street, sometime before, then I lost track of this particcular map. We lived in 26 Beaumont Street in the mid to late 50’s, 4 stories of cold Victorian red brick, we left there to sail to Australia in ’58, returned in 62 and our family of 5 lived in appaling accomodation in 2 rooms on the corner of Alt and Cam Street, yards from where we set off from; I went to Dove Street Primary behind St. Clements Church from 55 to 58, many years later I was the last student into the old Art High School on Gambier Terrace opposite the C of E Cathdral, in 1964.
    This is a fantastic store of information of Liverpool. As an architect I find the collection of listed buildings just incredible. I know most of them through wandering around the town when in my teens before I left for college in 69. If there is anything I can do to help, email me.

    • Martin says:

      Dear Frederick,

      It’s hard to tell, but it was definitely very recently. Using a possibly unscientific measure, Google’s search terms tool shows that the phrase was only gaining traction after about 2011. This would tie in with the time that the area was starting to be redeveloped as a place for new tech businesses. It’s a developer’s term, I think, like the Knowledge Quarter around the University, and has gone into general use.


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