It stands on the Mersey, and by its position, and wealth, has become the second port in the kingdom. It is, on the whole, a very handsome and commodious town; and the public buildings are numerous, and highly ornamental to it. The churches, the municipal edifices, the custom-house, the exchange, the charitable institutions, the markets, and the theatres, seem to have been constructed for the gratification of taste, as well as for their various and peculiar uses. But the docks are the most remarkable feature of the town; and the construction of them has enabled it to take its distinguished position in the commerce of the world. Its inland trade is aided by the rivers Irwell and Weaver, by the canals, and by the railroads, which converge there. It is 206 miles from London. Population, 286,487.

(From Barclay's Complete and Universal Dictionary of 1842.)


Archives & Libraries

Liverpool Record Office
City Libraries,
William Brown Street,
L3 8EW

  • Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AA Phone 0151 207 0001 Fax 0151 478 4590


Liverpool Cemeteries Office (North)
The Lodge
Priory Road
Liverpool 4

Mike Faulkner is building a searchable database of St James Cemetery.

There are more than 30 cemeteries identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.




There are more than 30 churches identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.

Church History

A listing of churches in 1902, taken from Gores Directory.


Church Records

There is a list detailing records of Catholic Churches in Liverpool.

The names of the Brides and Grooms extracted from the parish register of St.Mary's, Kirkdale, Liverpool, 1874-1883, as filmed by the LDS, on film #1545938.


Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Liverpool area is Liverpool.


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Liverpool which are provided by:



The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"LIVERPOOL, a parish, seaport, market town, municipal and parliamentary borough, having separate jurisdiction, but locally inn the hundred of West Derby, southern division of the county palatine of Lancaster. It stands on the right bank near the mouth of the river Mersey, in lat. 53° 23' N., and long. 2° 59' 30" W., 32 miles W. by S. of Manchester, 49 S. by W. of Lancaster, and 210 from London by rail, or 206 by road. The name of this town was anciently Lyrpoole, or Litherpoole, and is probably a corruption of the Welsh Llerpwll, "the place on the pool," though the popular idea is that the first part of the word is the name of the bird which is still seen on the arms of the town, and which, it is said, was once abundant on the pool which formerly covered the neighbourhood of Whitechapel and Church-street. The town originated in a castle built on the spot by Roger of Poictiers, to whom William I. granted the country between the Ribble and the Mersey. This building was enlarged by King John, subsequently dismantled by order of parliament in 1659, and, after being rented by the town for some years, was finally destroyed in 1715. St. George's church now stands on its site. The town first began to be used as a port after the conquest of Ireland in 1172. In the following year Henry II. granted the first charter, which was confirmed by John in 1207; and in 1227 Henry III. constituted the town a free borough for ever. Its progress, however, was small; for in 1272 it only consisted of 168 houses, and during the following centuries it decreased both in size and prosperity, till, in 1561, the number of houses was reduced to 138, and the merchants of the town only owned twelve ships. The town contributed one ship only to serve in the French wars of Edward III. During the reign of that king the Stanleys, who owned land in the neighbourhood, built a tower, where Water-street now ends, for the defence of the town.

"MILLER'S BRIDGE, a station on the W. section of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway, near Liverpool."

"BEVINGTON, a chapelry in the parish of Liverpool SS. Peter and Nicholas, within the borough of Liverpool, and county of Lancashire; the living of which is a perpetual curacy, value £150, in the patronage of the crown and bishop alternately."



ENG-LIVERPOOL is a mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in the City of Liverpool, and surrounding areas.




View maps of Liverpool and places within its boundaries.

Liverpool A-Z for 1900.

View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ345907 (Lat/Lon: 53.408709, -2.986361), Liverpool which are provided by:


Military History


Military Records

Regimental HQ
Liverpool Kings Regiment
Derby Square





LIVERPOOL PHOTOGRAPHERS. A database of Liverpool, England photo studios, to help you date photographs taken in this area.


Poor Houses, Poor Law

The Workhouse site has an interesting description of Liverpool workhouse.


Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Liverpool was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.



Information about Liverpool schools.



Liverpool & SW Lancs FHS are the society covering the Liverpool area.