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Bonk Street



Whilst researching my family history I have a reference to Bonk Street Liverpool.  I canot find any street with that name.  Can you help please.

Emily Jordan


14/11/2010 - Posted by | Bonk Street |

1 Comment »

  1. Hello Emily,
    This street is Water Street hundereds of years ago originally it was called 'Bonk Street' because the bottom of Water Street connected to the Mersey. 'Bonk' was Lancashire dilect for 'bank' (taken from river bank by the river). Through the years it became Bank Street and then eventually Water Street.

    It’s one of Liverpool’s oldest streets and it was the main approach from the river, at the foot of which travellers landed on the seashore of the town, from the monks’ ferry at Birkenhead, or from Ireland. Later, the Talbot, a coaching in, crowned the top of the slope where the Bank of Liverpool was later to replace it. On either sides, little lanes and alleys, forerunners of the town’s notorious courts, ran between houses alongside butchers’ shambles.


    Liverpool History Society

    Comment by Liverpool History | 14/11/2010 | Reply

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