Liverpool History Society Questions

A selection of Liverpool history questions submitted to the Liverpool History Society

‘The Lawn’, a house that was situated in the woods at the bottom of Mersey Road


I’m Terry Jones Chair of River Oaks Residents Association in Aigburth.  We are just beginning research on the origins of ‘The Lawn’, a house that was situated in the woods at the bottom of Mersey Road.  The house foundations have recently been discovered and we are interested in discovering who the owners were, when it was vacated and passed to the Corporation, and of course the family history. Riversdale College was built on the site and around seven years ago Wimpey’s demolished the college to build River Oaks estate.

Many thanks for any information/photos etc.

Terry Jones

26/04/2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Graphic Motor Works

We have a family photo from about 1929 which is supposed to show my grandpa Jack’s garage (“Graphic Motor Works) which is adjacent to a Mitre hotel, on one side (probably the West, from the shadows), the Herald Printing Works on the other side and two doors away on the same side, “The Horse and Farrier Hotel”.
We think that the photo is likely to be in Liverpool -since that is where the family had moved to at that time. We have discovered that there was a Mitre Hotel in Dale Street at that time (since rebuilt in the 1930s as the Crown and Mitre) but no directories show a Horse and Farrier or a Herald printing Works.
1929/1930 was a time of world wide depression, so businesses might not have lasted long then, so might have been absent from directories. But can anybody help locate these businesses please.
Ashley Cooper

22/04/2012 Posted by | Graphic Motor Works | | Leave a comment

33 Queens Rd

Dear sirs,
I am trying to find photos of queens rd ,where my Grandad lived @ number33.
He said they were very poor ,and ate out tin cans . We know nothing of his side of the family, but the Intrnet is a wonderful tool.
In anticipation,
Derek Pugh

15/04/2012 Posted by | 33 Queens Rd | | 4 Comments

55 Grey Rd. Walton On Hill


Hello Rob,



I’m looking at a goggle street view of 55 Grey Rd. Walton On Hill and assuming it was the same one there in 1880, roughly how old would it be and would it have been one house or two houses side by side? Thanks for any insight you might have.




11/04/2012 Posted by | 55 Grey Rd. Walton On Hill | 2 Comments

Vernons Pools Scotland Road

I seem to recall that in the 1960’s / 70’s, Vernons Pools/Finance Building , Scotland Road, was also home to a girls/womens hostel , yet I cannot find any record of such accommodation ever having existed , does anyone have any information which could help me find further details?

Dave Mattocks

04/04/2012 Posted by | Vernons Pools Scotland Road | 1 Comment

Oliver st

I have an address dating about 1870, 117 Oliver st. Bondhead, Liverpool and can’t seem to find where it is. Could you please help me?

04/04/2012 Posted by | Oliver st | 1 Comment

Oakum Works in Liverpool

Hello – would be very grateful for some info! I saw on a census entry ‘worker at Oakum Works’ I have looked into oakum picking and it seems to have been carried out by workhouse inmates or by criminals largely. Do you know anything about the Oakum Works in Liverpool? Was it a private business – how did it operate? – or was it linked to the workhouse?


Many thanks

Geraldine Kirwan

30/03/2012 Posted by | Oakum Works in Liverpool | Leave a comment

84 Henderson Street

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Janine Ryan and I would like to know if there was ever an 84 Henderson Street or Road in Toxteth in the 1850’s. I have looked on many old maps but cannot seem to find this Road/Street.

Thank you in advance for any help you are able to offer.

Warm regards,

Janine Ryan

Henderson Street

Image unavailable

Loading image

Click anywhere to cancel

Image unavailable

Loading image

Click anywhere to cancel

Image unavailable

20/03/2012 Posted by | 84 Henderson Street | Leave a comment

Catherine Walters of Henderson Street Toxteth

Catherine Walters

Dear Rob,

I wonder whether you have any information on a relative of mine, Catherine Walters born in Henderson Street, Toxteth Liverpool.  The family history mentions she had quite a life following her move to London in the 1800`s.

Best wshes

Marg Leven

Loading image

Click anywhere to cancel

Image unavailable

20/03/2012 Posted by | Catherine Walters of Henderson Street Toxteth, Uncategorized | | 2 Comments

43 Hurry Street

According to her birth certificate, my grandmother Elizabeth Foster was born 1/1/1896 when her parents were living at 43 Hurry Street, Toxteth Park. Apparently that street no longer exists but I would like to know approx. where it was and what happened to it.
Thank you in advance,
Diego Alonso Segundo Romelli Foster

13/03/2012 Posted by | 43 Hurry Street | 3 Comments