Research Resources

A range of resources that may help you with researching Liverpool’s rich history. Check out the ‘Some Great Links’ and ‘Free E-books’ at the very bottom of the page as well.

Books: Click me

Web Links:

  • Liverpool History Society – An amazing list of Online Books

Liverpool Central Library – ‘Archives Search Facility’

  • Churches in ‘The City of Liverpool’ – past and present

  • GEN-UKI – covers many aspects of Liverpool history with lots of links

  • See the original extent of ‘The Pool’ – overlaid on a modern map:

  • Liverpool’s amazing museums – make sure you visit soon!

  • Liverpool’s museum: the first 150 years – opens in PDF, a great read

  • Roman Catholic Burial Records

  • The English Heritage Archive


An essay towards the history of Leverpool William Enfield (George Perry) 1774

A descriptive history of the ancient and present state, of the town of Liverpool James Wallace  1796

History, directory and gazetteer of the county palatine of Lancaster vol 1  Edward Baines  1824

Liverpool, its commerce, statistics, and institutions; with a history of the cotton trade  Henry Smithers 1825

The Commerce of Liverpool  Braithwaite Poole  1854

Lancashire and Cheshire, past and present: Thomas Baines   1867

Memorials of Liverpool : historical and topographical, including a history of the Dock Estate vol 1 – Sir James Allanson Picton  1875

Memorials of Liverpool : historical and topographical, including a history of the Dock Estate vol 2 – Sir James Allanson Picton  1875

Victoria County History of the County of Lancaster vol 4 Liverpool  William Farrer & J. Brownbill 1911

Merseypride  By John Belchem

The Liverpool Directory for the Year 1766


Some great books you may want to read…….

Pevsner Architectural Guides – Liverpool   Joseph Sharples – Yale University Press 2004                                                                                                                                                                                                

Picture Palaces of Liverpool  Harold Ackroyd – The Bluecoat Press   2002                                                                                                                                                                                                

Liverpool city of architecture  Quentin Hughes – The Bluecoat Press                          1999                                                                                                                                                                                                

Lost Tribe the peoples memories  Ken Rogers – TrinityMirror Media                         2012                                                                                                                                                                                                

Liverpool Docks Through Time   Ian Collard  –  Amberley Publishing   2012                                                                                                                                                                                                

Georgian Liverpool – a guide to the city in 1797 Dr William Moss  – Palatine Books  2007                                                                                                                                                                                                

Liverpool History – Journal no. 12  Liverpool History Society                                        2013                                                                                                                                                                                                

Liverpool Walks Through History David Lewis – DB Publishing                                     2010                                                                                                                                                                                                

Merseyside at War Rodney Whitworth – Scouse Press                                       1988                                                                                                                                                                                               

Built on Commerce – Liverpool’s central business district English Heritage 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Building a Better society – Liverpool’s historic institutional buildings –       English Heritage 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Places of Health and Amusement – Liverpool’s historic parks and gardens   –    English Heritage                            2008                                                                                                                                                                                               

Storehouses of Empire – Liverpool’s historic warehouses –                             English Heritage                                2004                                                                                                                                                                                                

Ordinary Landscapes, Special Places – Anfield, Breckfield and the growth of Liverpool’s suburbs  –  English Heritage  2008                                                                                                                                                                                                

Religion and Place – Liverpool’s historic places of worship –  English Heritage                                                                                                                                                                                           

Cains ‘The Story of Liverpool in a Pint’  – Christopher Routledge     Liverpool University Press   2008                                                                                                                                                                                           

Liverpool in the 1950’s  Robert F Edwards  – The History Press 2013                                                                                                                                                                                             

Liverpool It all came Tumbling Down Freddy O’Connor –  Brunswick Printing                                                                                                                                                                                              

Liverpool (Britain In old Photographs)   Catherine Rothwell    The History Press 2009                                                                                                                                                                                           

Pevsner Architectural Guides – Liverpool  Joseph Sharples –  Yale University Press                                                                                                                                                                                            

Liverpool – In a City Living 3 – The Tenements  Ged Fagan  –  Countyvise Limited      2006                                                                                                                                                                                                

John Foster and Sons Kings of Georgian Liverpool   Hugh Hollinghurst –     Liverpool History Society   2009                                                                                                                                                                                                

A Guide To Liverpool 1928  –  Collins Bartholomew   2011                                                                                                                                                                                                

Discover Liverpool Ken Pye –TrinityMirror Media     2011                                                                                                                                                                                                

Liverpool and its Canal   Mike Clarke  –  Landmark Publishing   2007                                                                                                                                                                                             

Tearaways – More Gangs of Liverpool 1890 – 1970  Michael Macilwee –  Milo Books  2008                                                                                                                                                                                                

Talk of the Wash House Peter Ellison & Paulette Howe –  Picton Press 1997                                                                                                                                                                                              

Played in Liverpool – Charting the heritage of a city at play Ray Physick                   – English Heritage  2007                                                                                                                                                                                               

Urban Art and Architecture in Liverpool   Aaron Bimpson – Switch Media plc.          2009                                                                                                                                                                                               

The Lost Tribe of Everton & Scottie Road  Ken Rogers  –  TrinityMirror Media           2010                                                                                                                                                                                               

Liverpool an Historical Perspective (Liverpool Unravelled) Frank Carlyle                                                                                                                                                                          

Liverpool – This is my city   Richard Whittington-Egan  – Gallery Press   1985                                                                                                                                                                                             

Closing Time – The Lost Pubs of Liverpool Kevin Casey/Ken Taylor – Bluecoat Press 2010                                                                                                                                                                                               

Liverpool In a City Living Ged Fagan  – Countyvise Ltd  2004                                                                                                                                                                                             

Liverpool In a City Living 2  Ged Fagan – Countyvise Ltd 2005                                                                                                                                                                                               

Liverpool The First 1000 Years   Arabella McIntyre-Brown/ Guy Woodland –    Garlic Press  2002                                                                                                                                                                          

Liverpool 800 – Culture, Character & History  John Belchem  – Liverpool University Press       2008                                                                                                                                                                                              

Liverpool – A People’s History  Peter Aughton – Carnegie Publishing                               1990/2008                                                                                                                                                                                               

The Story of Liverpool Alexander Tulloch  – The History Press  2012                                                                                                                                                                                               

Underground Liverpool Jim Moore –  Bluecoat Press                                   1998                                                                                                                                                                                                

The Changing Face of Liverpool 1207 – 1770   Merseyside Archaeological Soc.   2007                                                                                                                                                                                              

Liverpool Our City: Our Heritage  Freddy O’Connor                                                                                                                                                                                              

Scotland Road ‘The Old Neighbourhood’ Terry Cooke   – Countyvise Ltd                     2001


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