Liverpool History Society Questions

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

Cameron Street, Kensington

Deysbrook 1
Deysbrook 2
Hi there,
I am interested to know how old the houses would be in Cameron Street, Kensington, West Derby. My great grandparents lived there at no 83, in 1881. I am wondering whether these terrace houses would have been new then. Am trying to work out whether they would have bought the house or paid rent for it, and whether it might have belonged to some company for their workers.

I am also interested to find out more about Deysbrook Lane. In some Census it is called Deys Lane. Another ancestor of mine lived there at number 70, from about 1841. He was a tailor, but he died in 1855 and his wife lived on there as a laundress, but her address appeared to change (by 1871) to Hughes Cottages, Bevans Road, which might have been on the corner of Deys Lane. I am trying to understand what Hughes Cottages might represent – would this be a collective sort of living like a Court? Would it be a particularly poor address? Its hard to get a picture from afar. On the one hand this area appears to have been a rural location, and makes me wonder why a tailor would live a long way from an urban area, or later, how a laundress would manage away from an urban area.
Lastly, One of my ancestors (who lived in 21 Tuebrook) was a cigar maker. Could that address have been a ‘court’ development? Also I am curious as to where a cigar maker would work in Liverpool, ie, a factory, a small shop, or at home. Any clues would be most appreciated.

Hope you find my questions of interest, and I look forward to hearing from you

many thanks
Marea Carfax-Foster
Perth, Western Australia

27/03/2011 - Posted by | Kensington | , , , ,

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  1. Dear Bill,

    I live a few hundred yards from Cameron Street, Kensington, incorporated into the the city of Liverpool around 1890. They are small two bedroom terrace houses most of which are currently owned by by a housing association and rented out to the residents. Try Google Maps “street view” to view them. I would think they where originally built as rented dwellings and possible by Welsh builders who appear to have built quite a lot of the properties in the area. They date from around 1877. Ogden’s tobacco factory, now closed is a hundred yards away on West Derby Road and they may have been built by the company as they are all of the same design.

    Deysbrook Lane would have been in the countryside in 1841 I have located it on an 1851 map known s Deysbrook Lane by this time. The Deysbrook was a small river/steam that ran through this area of West Derby. Incidentally West Derby is recorded in the Doomesday Book although Liverpool doesn’t`t because it did not exist at the time.

    I could not find “Tuebrook”, but I do not think it was a court as they were mainly constructed in built up area of Liverpool where land was in demand. Tuebrook was more than likely a road/street/lane. Please see map of Tuebrook another ancient stream named after the Norse God Tue (hence Tuesday) when Vikings settled the area in the 9th century. I hope the information is of some use to you.

    Please see attached maps


    Rob Ainsworth

    Web Administrator
    Liverpool History Society
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