Liverpool History Society Questions

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

78 Vintage and Rare books on Genealogy, Social and General History of Liverpool on one DVD

78 Vintage and Rare books on Genealogy, Social

and General History of Liverpool on one DVD 

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These fantastic Vintage and Rare books comprise of books on Genealogy, Social History and General History and range in publication date between 1766 and 1920. The Books on the DVD are in the public domain and therefore no copyright rules have been breached. There may be some imperfections due to ageing, deletions of added notes, pen markings and some missing pages as they have been scanned from original books.

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The Books are on a DVD-R and will not be readable with some CD-ROM Drives and Operating Systems prior to Windows XP. However a full refund will be given if DVD is returned within 30 Days.

The Books contain several vintage illustrations some of which are included here.

The following books are in number order. The PDF file book descriptions on the DVD have the equivalent numbers for ease of reference.



1 “A burning and a shining light”: being the memoir of the Rev. Thomas Spencer, of Liverpool, 1856. By Thomas Raffles.

2 A Companion to the Liverpool Museum. By William Bullock.

3 A compendious and impartial account of the Election at Liverpool 1806.

4 A general and descriptive history of the ancient and present state, of the town of Liverpool : comprising, a review of its government, police, antiquities, and modern improvements; the progressive increase of street, square, public buildings, and inhabitants, together with a circumstantial account of the true causes of its extensive African trade,1796. By James Wallace.

5 A history of Liverpool 1907. By Ramsay Muir.

6 A History of Municipal Government in Liverpool: From the Earliest Times to the Municipal Reform 1906. By Ramsay Muir.

7 A strange but true history of a Dam fine piece of work, which took place in what is styled a Court of Justice at Liverpool etc. By Samuel Mack.

8 A. Green & Co.’s Directory for Liverpool and Birkenhead 1870.

9 An account of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway : comprising a history of the parliamentary proceedings preparatory to the passing of the act, a description of the railway in an excursion from Liverpool to Manchester, and a popular illustration of the mechanical principles applicable to railways, also an abstract of the expenditure from the commencement of the undertaking with observations on the same 1830. By Henry Booth.

10 An authentic narrative of the shipwreck and sufferings of Mrs. Eliza Bradley, the wife of Capt. James Bradley of Liverpool, commander of the ship Sally which was wrecked on the coast of Barbary, in June 1818, 1820. By Eliza Bradley.

11 An essay towards the history of Liverpool 1774. By William Enfield.

12 An inventory of the plate, register books, and other moveables in the two parish churches of Liverpool, St. Peter’s and St. Nicholas’, 1893; with a transcript of the earliest register, 1660-1672; together with a catalogue of the ancient library in St. Peter’s church and some extracts from the vestry records, 1893. By Henry Peet.

13 Annals of the Liverpool Stage, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, 1908. By R J Broadbent.

14 Bygone Liverpool 1913. By Ramsay Muir.

15 Cholera; a Report on the late visitation in Liverpool read before the Medical Society Oct 20th 1853.

16 Description of the Rail Road from Liverpool to Manchester by P Moreau Engineer together with a history of the Rail Roads and matters connected therewith by A Notre, 1833.

17 Essay on the Liverpool Spa Water, 1773. By Thomas Houlston.

18 Essays to the men of Liverpool, 1860. By Hugh Stowell Brown.

19 Freeling’s Grand Junction railway companion to Liverpool, Manchester. 1838. By Arthur Fielding.

20 Historical Record of the King’s Liverpool Regiment of Foot, 1883. By Richard Cannon.

21 History of the Commerce and town of Liverpool and of the rise of manufacturing industry in the adjoining counties, 1859. By Thomas Baines.

22 History of the Liverpool privateers and letters of marque with an account of the Liverpool slave trade 1897. By Gomer Williams.

23 John Drayton; being a history of the early life and development of a Liverpool engineer Vol 1, 1851. By Margaret Oliphant.

24 John Drayton; being a history of the early life and development of a Liverpool engineer Vol 2, 1851. By Margaret Oliphant.

25 John Manesty, the Liverpool merchant Vol 1 & 2 1844. By William Maginn.

26 List of emigrants to America from Liverpool, 1697-1707, 1913.

27 List of shareholders in the Manchester and Liverpool District Banking Company, June 1, 1833: established April 30, 1829, under the authority of an act of Parliament, passed in the seventh year of Geo. IV, 1833.

28 Liverpool 1907. By Dickson Scott.

29 Liverpool a few years since 1885. By James Aspinall.

30 Liverpool addresses on ethics of social work 1911. By John MacCunn.

31 Liverpool as it was during the last quarter of the eighteenth century, 1775 to 1800, 1853. By Richard Brooke.

32 Liverpool Banks & Bankers, 1760-1837: A History of the Circumstances which gave rise to the industry and of the men who founded and developed it.1906. By John Hughes.

33 Liverpool Chess Club: A Short Sketch of the Club from Its First Meeting, 1893. By J S Edgar.

34 Liverpool cotton telegraph code for the use of buyers, importers, exporters and users of American cotton 1882. By H R Meyer.

35 Liverpool in 1859. By Thomas Baines.

36 Liverpool in King Charles the Second’s time 1899. By Edward Moore.

37 Liverpool public libraries. A history of fifty years 1903. By Peter Cowell.

38 Liverpool sketches. By Hugh Shimmin 1862.

39 Liverpool, its commerce, statistics, and institutions; with a history of the Cotton trade 1825. By Henry Smithers.

40 Memoir of Henry Booth of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and afterwards of the London and North-Western Railway, 1869. By Robert Smiles.

41 Memoirs of the late Captain Hugh Crow of Liverpool: comprising a narrative of his life together with descriptive sketches of the western coast of Africa, particularly of Bonny; the manners and customs of the inhabitants, the productions of the soil, and the trade of the country, 1830. By Hugh Crow.

42 Memorials of Liverpool: Including a History of the Dock Estate 1873 Vol 1. By James A Pickton.

43 Memorials of Liverpool: historical and topographical, including a history of the Dock Estate Vol 2 1875. By James A Picton.

44 Minutes of evidence and proceedings on the Liverpool and Birkenhead dock 1857.

45 Minutes of Evidence on the Birkenhead and Liverpool Dock Bills, Session 1848, 1850. By Thomas Webster.

46 Old Liverpool: written in manuscript 1889. By R Postance.

47 Organization of nursing: an account of the Liverpool Nurses’ Training School, its foundation, progress, and operation in hospital, district, and private nursing 1865. By Florence Nightingale.

48 Practical guide in the preparation of town planning schemes, with appendices containing the text of the Act, the procedure regulations, extracts from the Hampstead Garden Suburb Act, 1906, extracts from the Liverpool Corporation (Streets and Buildings) Act, 1908,1911. By E G Bentley.

49 Recollections of a busy life: being the reminiscences of a Liverpool merchant 1840-1910, 1910. By William B Forwood.

50 Recollections of Old Liverpool 1863. By James Stonehouse.

51 Reminiscences of a Liverpool ship owner, 1850-1920, 1920. By William B Forwood.

52 Report of the Health of Liverpool 1872. By W S Trench.

53 Report to the Health committee on the borough of Liverpool on the sewage, paving, cleansing, and other works, under the Sanitary act, from 1856 to 1862 inclusive c1863.

54 Selections from the municipal archives and records of the City of Liverpool Vol 1 1883. By James A Pickton.

55 Selections from the municipal archives and records of the City of Liverpool Vol 2 1886. By James A Pickton.

56 Shipping casualties. (Loss of the steamship “Falaba”). Report of a formal investigation into the circumstances attending the foundering on 28th March of the British steamship “Falaba”, of Liverpool, in or near latitude 51 30′ N., longitude 6 36′ W., whereby loss of life ensued,1915.

57 Smith’s Strangers’ guide to Liverpool, its environs, and part of Cheshire, for 1843, 1843. By Alexander Brown.

58 Some Account of the Ancient Chapel of Toxteth Park, Liverpool, from the Year 1618 to 1883, and of its Ministers especially Richard Mather the First Minister.1884. By David D Valentine.

59 The Charter, granted to the burgesses of Liverpool, by William III, 1810.

60 The commerce of Liverpool 1854. By Braithwaite Poole.

61 The cotton trade of Great Britain: including a history of the Liverpool cotton market and of the Liverpool Cotton Brokers’ Association 1886. By Thomas Ellison.

62 The Export Coal Trade of Liverpool a letter to Thomas Littledale Chairman of the Liverpool Dock Trust. By William Laird.

63 The first year’s working of the Liverpool Docks Scheme 1914. By Richard Williams.

64 The greatest of our social evils: prostitution, as it now exists in London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin 1857. By Gustave A Richelot.

65 The history of Liverpool from the earliest authenticated period down to the present time, illustrated with views of the principal buildings in the town and its vicinity, 1810.

66 The Liverpool Directory, for the Year 1766: Containing an Alphabetical List of the Merchants, tradesmen and principal inhabitants of the town of Liverpool.1766.

67 The No-Popery agitation and the Liverpool Corporation Schools. By C E Trevelyan.

68 The picture of Liverpool, or, stranger’s guide 1805.

69 The picture of Liverpool, or, stranger’s guide 1835.

70 The place-names of the Liverpool district; or, the history and meaning of the local and river names of South-west Lancashire and of Wirral, 1898. By Henry Harrison.

71 The Royal Picturesque Hand-Book of Liverpool, a manual for resident and visitor with a day at Birkenhead and a series of pleasant excursions in the environs. By H M Addey.

72 The speeches and public addresses of the Right Hon. George Canning during the election in Liverpool: which commenced on Friday the 7th and terminated on Wednesday the 12th of June, 1816. 1816. By George Canning.

73 The squib-book; an impartial account of the Liverpool election, March, 1820.

74 The Stranger in Liverpool, Or, an Historical and Descriptive View of the Town of Liverpool 1812. By Thomas Kaye.

75 The tales of old Liverpool 1886. By John P Eiffe.

76 The University of Liverpool: It’s Present State 1907. By Ramsay Muir.

77 Tracts of the Liverpool Financial reform association, 1851.

78 Women’s Industries in Liverpool: An Enquiry into the Economic effects of legislation regulations, 1904. By Ramsay Muir.

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Hi Rob, wonder if you could help, I have a framed photograph 33 inches long by 9 inches deep……the inscription on it reads….THE ASSOCIATION OF SUPERINTENDENTS OF PARKS AND BOTANIC GARDENS ANNUAL CONFERENCE, LIVERPOOL, JULY 1932……PHOTOGRAPHED AT ARROWE PARK, BIRKENHEAD, BY MEDRINGTON’S LTD. 29a BOLD ST. LIVERPOOL.

There are approx 300 people on the photograph…..and obviously the war started 7 years later, so I presume some of the people may have died in the war, and others since then, but I would like to give it to the association , but haven’t got a clue where to start, there is a building in the back ground and I would imagine that is still standing. Can you give us a starter……I am hoping to come over to the wirral in a couple of weeks time and it would be lovely if I could bring it with me to pass on to someone.

Thanks Denise

05/08/2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Schintz family

Dear Sir/Madam

I would most grateful for any information about the Schintz family in Liverpool.

Hans Gaspard Schintz was a merchant of Liverpool who traded in S American phosphates from the 1860s until his death in 1912.  His daughter Susan Dora Cecilia Schintz was born in 1868 (she often dropped the Susan).  I have absolutely no information about her (other than her birth and census records) until 1906.

I was wondering if there was anyone in your Society who has any information about here before this date?

With thanks in anticipation.


John Athersuch

10/06/2011 Posted by | Schintz family | , | 2 Comments

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 | , , , , | 1 Comment

Electoral Roll Information

Dear sir/madam

I am researching my family history and have come up against a bit of a wall. My father’s family originally hail from West Derby, but left for Plymouth around 1935. My grandfather leaving his mother & 7 brothers and sisters behind. Well, I’ve discovered the fate of most of his brothers, but the sisters are another story. The records unfortunately don’t show the marriage partners names and consequently we cannot discover what happened to them.
We have one small clue, which might be able to help us. In 1930 my great grandparents William and Margaret Woodward lived in Webb Street, Liverpool and it seems one of their married daughters lived on the opposite side of the road to them. The problem is who do I contact in Liverpool to get information on the electoral roll? whose records I believe began in 1934.
In Plymouth we have similar records in the main library, is the situation in Liverpool the same? If so, would you have a contact number or email address?
Thank you for any possible help in this situation.
Brian G Woodward

24/02/2011 Posted by | Electoral Roll Information | , , | 1 Comment

Printers at Cunard


I’m interested in the history of printing and printers at Cunard – I know there were print workshops on their ships, but I think there was also one based in Liverpool. My understanding is that they would have printed covers of menus etc there for use on the ships, and then the actual menu for the day would be printed on board ship. Do you know anything about the Liverpool based print workshop, or where I might find information? I wonder does anyone have memories about their time working there?



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Liverpool Female Orphan Asylum

Liverpool Female Orphan Asylum

Hello Rob,

I very much hope you are able to help me.

I have discovered a reference to a relative in 1858 who was resident a the Liverpool Female Orphan Asylum.  I cannot find where this institution was situatied or where the records as currently held.  I would be very grateful for any assistance you may be able to offer.

Linda Johnston

07/02/2011 Posted by | Liverpool Female Orphan Asylum | , , , | 1 Comment

Jug with "Liverpool Fly"

I have acquired a pottery jug, 6 ½” tall, painted with a coaching scene on the side panels of which is written “Liverpool Fly.  The jug is circa 1795 (as sold to me), but could be anything up to circa 1820. In perfect condition tho’ with a little touching up to the coach.

I have done some research in a few Gages directories of that era but to no avail – there are many named Liverpool coaches but no “Liverpool Fly” that I can trace.

Photos attached – Any ideas?

Best Wishes,
Paul & Gill Breen,
E-Mail :

12/01/2011 Posted by | Jug with "Liverpool Fly" | , , | 2 Comments

Liverpool`s Tram System Map


Hello Rob

I have been trying to locate a map`of Liverpool`s  tram system before it was dismantled.
Do you know where I can find a copy?
Les Wilcox

20/10/2010 Posted by | Liverpool`s Tram System Map | , , | 2 Comments

Joesph Mayer`s Life

Hello Rob,

I have been following the postings on Jos Mayer and would like to find out more about his life.  Can you obligue?

Peter Falkner-Abbot.

Hello Peter,

Mayer’s benevolence and commitment to public enlightenment ensure his position as an important civic figure of the nineteenth century.

Joseph Mayer, (1803–1886) was collector of antiquities and works of art, and was born on 23 February 1803 at Thistlebury House, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, fourth son and the sixth of eleven children of Samuel Mayer (1767–1838), tanner, currier, and mayor of Newcastle under Lyme, and his wife, Margaret (1773–1859), daughter of John Pepper, architect.

Having attended Newcastle under Lyme grammar school, he moved to Liverpool in October 1821 at the age of eighteen. He began an informal apprenticeship as a silversmith under his brother-in-law, James Wordley (fl. 1817–1861), entering into partnership with him in 1834, and setting up on his own as a jeweller and goldsmith in 1844. He demonstrated a remarkable flair for business and the financial success he achieved enabled him to indulge a passion for archaeology and collecting which he had had since childhood. This had first manifested itself when he was eight when he acquired a small hoard of Roman coins and pottery sherds whose unearthing he had witnessed—a minuscule foreshadowing of the scale and comprehensiveness of the collections he later amassed, displayed to the public, and finally bestowed on the city of Liverpool.

Born into a radical and nonconformist family, Mayer was a natural patriot, and realized the value of cultivating learning and the arts among all classes in Britain. From his twenty-fifth year he contributed readily to loan exhibitions and made gifts to mechanics’ institutes. He was an exhibitor at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and at the 1857 Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition. He was sustained in his endeavours by the support of a wide circle of friends, distinguished by their contributions to archaeology, to historical studies, and as influential moulders of opinion in the decorative arts. The development of his collection was greatly furthered by a close collaboration, in particular, with Charles Roach Smith and Augustus Wollaton Franks. Mayer’s acquisition, in 1854, of the collection of Kentish antiquities excavated by the Revd Bryan Fausset was an outstanding event in the history of British archaeology, and his purchase in 1855 of the Byzantine and medieval ivories of Baron Gábor Fejérváry was an equally invaluable contribution to art collecting in Britain.

Mayer regarded his collections as a public resource which he willingly made available to those able to employ them to positive ends, and also funded several scholarly publications and sponsored archaeological excavations. His own contributions to literature were more modest, constituting a series of articles in the Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, of which he was one of the three founding members, on 20 March 1848. In 1855 he contributed a paper, ‘History of the art of pottery in Liverpool’ (revised edn, 1873), which remains fundamental to the study of the subject. Mayer was one of the earliest systematic collectors of ceramics, with important holdings of Liverpool porcelain and pottery, and a notable collection of Wedgwood wares. His most striking achievement in this connection was his discovery and acquisition of the vast hoard of documents of Josiah Wedgwood, the foundation deposit of the Wedgwood archive collection now at the University of Keele. Mayer generously put these papers at the disposal of Eliza Meteyard and advised, and assisted financially, in the completion of her Life of Josiah Wedgwood (1865). Mayer’s collection was first made accessible to the general public in May 1852, when he opened an Egyptian Museum (later the Museum of National and Foreign Antiquities) in Colquitt Street, Liverpool. In 1867 he presented the collection, then valued at £75,000, to the Liverpool Free Library and Museum. In recognition of the munificence of his gift and other services to the town, the corporation of Liverpool commissioned the life-size statue of Mayer by Giovanni Fontana in St George’s Hall, Liverpool. As with other surviving portraits, it reveals him to have been throughout his life a person of distinguished appearance, with an authoritative but sympathetic bearing. The Mayer collection continues as a significant constituent of the collections of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside.

The honour which Mayer most valued, however, was the fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries of London, awarded in 1850. In 1860 he was appointed captain of the Liverpool volunteer borough guard, and in 1864 captain of the 4th Bebington company of the 1st Cheshire rifle volunteers, a unit he had raised at his own expense. He had moved in 1860 to Pennant House, Bebington, Cheshire, where he continued his benefactions, endowing the borough with a well-stocked lending library, public gardens, and a lecture hall and picture gallery. Retiring from business in 1873, he applied himself, inconclusively, to writing a history of art in England, amassing more than 20,000 drawings, prints, and autograph letters, as well as continuing to collect works of art and antiquities. This collection, with an estimated value of £10,000, was dispersed by auction in Liverpool on 15–16 December 1887. He also collaborated with his nephew Frederick Boyle in the publication of two works which remain of permanent value in the study of the life and work of George Stubbs (1724–1806): Early Exhibitions of Art in Liverpool with some Notes for a Memoir of George Stubbs RA (1876), and Memoirs of Thomas Dodd, William Upcott, and George Stubbs RA (1879). In his retirement he pursued an interest in gardening, having in 1870 successfully cultivated in the open air the giant Victoria Regia water lily. He died unmarried at Pennant House on 19 January 1886, aged eighty-two, and was interred on 23 January 1886, at St Andrew’s Church, Bebington.

Sourced from my battered, well worn Volume of  Oxford DNB

Rob Ainsworth
Programme Secretary & Web Administrator
Liverpool History Society

02/12/2009 Posted by | Joesph Mayer`s Life | , , , | 1 Comment