Local History of Liverpool and its Hinterland
Latest Additions

The Rise of the Port

by Mike Royden

Rise of the Port of Liverpool

Short article on the rise of Liverpool, published in Planet Liverpool Magazine

The World in One City

Article by Mike Royden published in the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are Magazine

Henry Bowen - fireman on the Lusitania

The sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915 remains one of the most controversial events of the First World War, or indeed any war. On board among many of crew from Liverpool was Henry Bowen, helping to keep the engines going on her crossing from New York to Liverpool. Click here to read a full account of the events and the aftermath, and what became of Henry Bowen.

Latest additions or updated revisions:

In the Media

Full listings of this website & webmaster as featured in the media

How to Start Research

Fully revised - useful guidance for historians

New section on Book Reviews

First to be included is a new book on Birkenhead by Elizabeth Davey. More will be added soon.
Publishers - please send books for review and inclusion here to publicise latest releases.

Record Offices/Archives

Fully updated and revised, a very useful reference for local researchers

Local History Societies

Fully updated and revised, useful contacts for historians

Family History Societies

Fully updated and revised, useful contacts for historians


Fully updated and revised, useful contacts.


Several 19th century volumes on Liverpool local history added for download.


Fully updated and revised, useful contacts.

Recent Articles

The Greek Gentleman

Anne L.Crowther M.A.

Notes on the History of Liverpool Airport

ed. Mike Royden

The Liverpool Transport Strike of 1911

William Jones
University of Lancaster

Adolf Hitler in Liverpool?

This feature appeared firstly on Making History in December, followed by a commission to provide a web article for the new BBC Local Legacies web site. It was also a feature of Norman Thomas' Show on Sunday 18th January 2004. Click the link for the full article by Mike Royden.

Charles Royden (1881-1918) - Killed in action, near Arras, France, 22nd March 1918
A biography of Charles Royden, Royal Field Artillery including general research info and photographs of WWI battlefields and cemetery

located on Royden Family History Pages - a family history site for the Royden name or family. History pages, the full tree, coat of arms, name meaning, guestbook, bulletin board and feedback form for those who are, or think they may be related.

Everton F.C. Nostalgia pages, latest news, plus - Lewis Royden is the Everton mascot presenting awards at the Gwladys Street Hall of Fame!

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I have been commissioned by the Oxford University editors of the New Dictionary of National Biography to produce an entry for the Liverpool poet, radical and co-founder of the Blind School, Edward Rushton. This has prompted me to revise a longer article largely contained in Chapter 2 of Pioneers and Perseverence - A History of the Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool 1791-1991, which was published in 1991. This article is now published in full with illustrations as well as the shortened form for the DNB. Click picture.

Two articles from Frank Green on aspects of Roby history - Medieval Roby and the 19th century Turnpike. Two excellent and informative accounts in Frank's most articulate style.

Sefton Park and the Evolution of Urban Park Design by Margaret J. Putt. A most interesting article about the 19th century origins of Liverpool's most well known park.

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The Poor Law and After;
Workhouse Hospitals and Public Welfare

Sat. 10th April 2000 9.30-4.00

One-day conference at the Liverpool Medical Institution organised by the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire and the Liverpool Medical History Society. There were five speakers on the above theme plus discussion, including;

10.45am An Overview of the 19th Century Poor Law in Liverpool: towards the roots of the Workhouse Infirmaries - Mike Royden

Journals for both conferences now published and available from the above societies price 4.50. A copy of my paper can be found on the Local History Contents Pages or click images right.


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