Last updated 18th October 2017
      Photos, History, Architecture and more for Liverpool, Merseyside, Wirral and North-West Cheshire
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What is merseySights?
merseySights, part of allertonOak, contains a large number of original photographs of Merseyside and the surrounding area with commentary on points of interest such as local history, geography, architecture and last, but also least, my own ruminations as a merseyphile. Incorporation of original historical writings where possible has allowed fascinating glimpses into the past. There are links to special feature articles elsewhere on allertonOak and to walks in the area (look out for a bootprint button). The material is organised by geographical region.
I am gradually updating the style of the merseySights pages to try and avoid duplication with the increasing number of special feature articles at allertonOak and to provide more structure to the material. There will be links to the relevant articles where possible instead of text and photos. The new-style pages are identified by an asterisk (*).
I try to keep all of the information correct and up to date but this is a mammoth task. If you have spotted any errors, can contribute fresh information or just want to share your thoughts or memories, please let me know; anything used will be acknowledged. For contact details, see the allertonOak home page.
I have divided up the material geographically based upon the map below. You can hover over and click on the buttons on the map, use the links on the right (the date of the latest update is given) or use the alphabetical place name search below the map to explore further. Liverpool districts, and some of those nearby, are based upon the original township boundaries. Other regions are not official in any sense and have been defined merely for convenience.
Place Name Search
Wikipedia, used with discretion, has been a useful resource. I am particulary indebted to British History Online, Google Books and Open Library as sources of historical writings. I would also like to recommend an excellent site for younger people: The History of Liverpool. I have made particular use of the following books:
Seaport, Quentin Hughes, Bluecoat Press, Liverpool, 1964, repr. 1993
Liverpool City of Architecture, Quentin Hughes, Bluecoat Press, Liverpool, 1999
Liverpool (Pevsner Architectural Guides), Joseph Sharples, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2004
Lancashire: Liverpool and the South-West (The Buildings of England, Pevsner Architectural Guides), Richard Pollard & Nikolaus Pevsner, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2006
Cheshire (The Buildings of England, Pevsner Architectural Guides), Clare Hartwell, Matthew Hyde & Nikolaus Pevsner, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2011
Liverpool Street Names , Thomas Lloyd-Jones, T.L. Duncan Ltd., Liverpool, 1981
The Streets of Liverpool, James Stonehouse, 1869, repr. Cedric Chivers Ltd., Bristol, 2002
All colour photographs at merseySights were taken by the author unless otherwise acknowledged. You may use the author's photographs for non-commercial purposes as long as is accredited. For use on your website, please place a link to allertonOak.
Central Liverpool
* The Waterfront (8th May 2017)
* The South Docks (27th May 2017)
* The Commercial Quarter (30th April 2017)
* The Museum Area (30th April 2017)
* The Town Centre (18th May 2017)
* The Georgian Quarter, Cathedrals and Liverpool University (28th November 2016)
* The North Docks and Vauxhall (18th May 2017)
North Liverpool
  Kirkdale, Bootle and Litherland including Sandhills, Orrel, Ford and Netherton (4th December 2012)
  Great Crosby including Seaforth, Waterloo, Blundellsands and Thornton (28th March 2017)
* Everton including Edge Hill and Kensington (18th October 2017)
  Walton, Fazakerley and Aintree including Anfield (22nd January 2015)
  West Derby (Fairfield, Tuebrook, Old Swan, Stoneycroft, Knotty Ash and Thingwall) (30th November 2011)
  West Derby (West Derby Village) and Croxteth (30th November 2011)
South Liverpool
* Toxteth including the Dingle, St. Michaels and Otterspool (27th May 2017)
* Wavertree including Mossley Hill (4th June 2017)
  Garston including Aigburth, Grassendale and Cressington Park (8th December 2014)
* Allerton (1st June 2017)
  Childwall and Gateacre (20th March 2014)
  Woolton (20th March 2014)
  Speke (24th March 2014)
  Birkenhead Centre (28th March 2017)
  Bidston, Claughton, Upton, Woodchurch, Oxton, Prenton, Tranmere and Rock Ferry (22nd January 2015)
  Wallasey, New Brighton, Leasowe and Moreton (28th March 2017)
  Bebington, Storeton, Port Sunlight, Bromborough and Eastham (22nd January 2015)
  Ellesmere Port and Stanlow (11th December 2014)
  Meols, Hoylake, West Kirby and Caldy (4th February 2015)
  Hilbre Islands (2nd May 2013)
  Thurstaston, Irby, Frankby, Greasby and Arrowe Park (26th February 2012)
  Heswall, Gayton, Barnston, Pensby, Thingwall and Landican (4th February 2015)
  Brimstage, Thornton Hough and Raby (3rd October 2009)
  Parkgate, Neston and Ness (29th September 2011)
  Willaston, Burton, Puddington, Shotwick and Capenhurst (13th December 2014)
Outlying Areas
  Sefton, Little Crosby, Ince Blundell and Great Altcar (2nd September 2009)
  Hightown, Formby, Freshfield and Ainsdale (22nd November 2010)
  Maghull, Melling, Lydiate, Downholland, Haskayne and Halsall (13th December 2014)
  Huyton, Roby, Knowsley (part) and Kirkby (part) (24th July 2009)
  Hale and Halewood (11th December 2014)
  Widnes, Tarbock, Cronton and Penketh (24th July 2009)
  Runcorn, Weston and Clifton (29th September 2011)
  Halton, Norton, Daresbury and Moore (29th September 2011)
  Frodsham, Helsby, Alvanley, Manley, Mouldsworth and Delamere Forest (1st September 2013)
  Kelsall, Willington, Tarvin, Stamford Bridge, Great Barrow, Plemstall and Mickle Trafford (23rd March 2013)
  Little Barrow, Dunham, Stoak, Thornton-Le-Moors and Ince (29th September 2011)
  Saughall, Mollington and Backford (13th December 2014)