Liverpool History Society Questions

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

Petticoat Lane or Petticoat Street.

I am trying to determine if there was a street or lane in existence in Liverpool called either Petticoat Lane or Petticoat Street. The time period would be between 1850 and 1880. If so, would it have been near what is now called the Petticoat Lane Arcade?
I am doing family geneology and believe that my grandfathers family may have had a ships chandlery on or near this location.
Any assistance you may be able to provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you

Mary Corvese

21/04/2010 - Posted by | Petticoat Lane or Petticoat Street.


  1. Hello Mary,

    on checking the Gores and Kelly directories for Liverpool 1850 and 1880 there does not appear to be any street called Petticoat Lane or Street. The one in Bold Street is a modern retail outlet. I hope this information is of some use to you.


    Rob Ainsworth
    Liverpool History Society

    Comment by Liverpool History | 21/04/2010 | Reply

  2. There was a petticoat lane in Old Swan, now known as Broadgreen Road.
    See Here


    Comment by Martin Jones | 30/07/2010 | Reply

  3. You can see Petticoat Lane in the 1851 census. There was a school there.

    Comment by Steve | 28/07/2011 | Reply

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