- Sir William Brown 1784 – 1864
His main tangible contribution to the city was the William Brown Library. In 1852 Liverpool only had a temporary library, its popularity showed that something more permanent was needed. The costs of this, £40,000, were entirely met by Brown. The Library was opened on 18th October 1860 and was described as “a gift to the inhabitants of Liverpool.”
- Josephine Butler 1828 – 1906
Josephine Butler was one of the most revolutionary social reformers of the nineteenth century. She challenged the inconsistent and hypocritical standards of her time which unjustly disadvantaged women and she campaigned against the sexual exploitation of vulnerable women and children, working for legislative reform to provide them with some degree of protection, equality and justice.
- Bessie Braddock 1899 – 1970
Bessie Braddock, the MP for Liverpool Exchange for 24 years, is one of the city’s most legendary political figures.
Known as ‘Battling Bessie’, she is to be honoured alongside Ken Dodd with a statue at Liverpool’s Lime Street Station.
Born in Liverpool in 1899 her mother Mary Bamber was committed to helping the local poor and at three weeks old Bessie was taken to her first political meeting with her mother.
- John Foster jnr. 1786 – 1846
John Foster was the Senior Surveyor to the corporation of Liverpool prior to Municipal reform, and the noted architect of St. Luke’s Church (known to Scouser’s as ‘The Bombed out Church’). Also St. Andrews Church, Rodney St, as well as the Oratory, The Lodge at the South end of St James Cemetery, The Ministers House and Gambier Terrace…..amongst others
- Sir Thomas Johnson 1664 – 1728
Credited with being the founder of modern Liverpool. A prominent tobacco and sugar merchant and a leading figure in the emerging rock salt industry of Cheshire and south Lancashire, Johnson was for over 30 years one of Liverpool’s leading citizens. Intimately involved in Liverpool’s economic expansion and the development of the town’s infrastructure, he played an important role in church-building, establishing Liverpool’s first dry dock, and in securing a reliable supply of water for the borough.
- Thomas Steers (1672-1750)
He is thought to have been born in 1672 in Kent and died in 1750.
He was England’s first major civil engineer and built many canals, the world’s first commercial wet dock, the Old Dock at Liverpool, and a theatre. He designed Salthouse Dock in Liverpool, which was completed by Henry Berry after Steers’ death.
- Felicia Hemans 1793 – 1835, poet
Felicia’s father was George Browne, a Liverpool merchant. Her mother, Felicity Wagner, was the daughter of the Austrian and Tuscan consul to Liverpool. Felicia Browne was born on September 25, 1793, in Liverpool. She was the fifth of seven children
The boy stood on the burning deck
Whence all but he had fled;
The flame that lit the battle’s wreck
Shone round him o’er the dead.
Some Famous Liverpool born faces – how many can you name? (hover over image for name)