Publications by Mike Royden



Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors: A Guide For Family Historians

by Mike Royden

Tracing Your Liverpool Ancestors provides a fascinating insight into everyday life in the Liverpool area over the past four centuries. Mike Royden introduces readers to the wealth of material available on the city’s history and it’s people.

In a series of informative chapters he describes Liverpool’s history through shipping, manufacturing and trade from the original fishing village to the present cosmopolitan metropolis of today. In each chapter he provides the history of a subject including relevant case studies and any further research he has. He then tells the reader the best places to visit to find information for themselves.

The subjects that Mike covers in the chapters include the living conditions of people, including poverty and the labouring poor, health and the ravages of disease, the influence of religion and migration, education and the traumatic experience of war. He also shows how the lives of Liverpudlians changed over the centuries and how this is reflected in the records that have survived. (First edition sold out, now revised and enlarged in the second edition).

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Village at War
- The Cheshire Village of Farndon During the First World War

by Mike Royden

Foreword by the Duke of Westminster

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With a foreword by the late Duke of Westminster, Village at War gives a fascinating insight into everyday life during the First World War. Mike Royden's highly readable account introduces readers to the both the national context and the local picture as the effects of the war began to take hold. In a series of short, information-packed chapters he describes, in vivid detail, what it was like for those living through those increasingly dark years of the war; the call for duty, the hardship of families left at home, attitudes towards 'aliens', rationing, the Defence of the Realm Act, conscientious objectors, prisoners of war, and, surprisingly, air raids. Throughout, he concentrates on the lives of the local people - on their experience as the war dragged on over four years. 

The second half of the book details the individual stories of all the men who lost their lives from the local communities in the Farndon area of West Cheshire. This book is a useful tool for anyone researching the effects of the First World War on local communities at home, as well as the stories of the men who left them to fight abroad. 

Mike Royden has taught History for over 30 years, and has also lectured on numerous courses in local history in the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Liverpool. He has written several books, and has made regular appearances on radio and television including Radio 4's Making History and BBC TV's Who Do You Think You Are? and Heirhunters.

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Liverpool Then and Now

by Mike Royden

According to publishers Batsford Books;

Liverpool Then and Now takes the reader on a journey through a city once considered the 'second city of empire'. So great was the volume of commerce flowing through the port of Liverpool in the nineteenth century that it sometimes eclipsed London. This wealth produced many fine buildings, giving rise to a second Bank of England building, the classical architecture of St George's Hall- today the Walker Art Gallery-and Liverpool's 'three graces'; the Liver, the Cunard and the Port of Liverpool buildings. Some 70 historic photographs of Liverpool's past are paired with specially commissioned contemporary views taken from the same vantage point. You can see the same streets and buildings as they were 'then' and as they are 'now'. It includes Lord Street, Albert Dock, Speke Airport, Goodison, Aintree, Lime Street Station, the Mersey Tunnel, plus the ferry across the Mersey and the place where it was famously celebrated in song, The Cavern.

There are also some of Liverpool's closest neighbours, Birkenhead, New Brighton, Port Sunlight and the glorious Victorian promenades of Southport. Part of the bestselling 'Then and Now' series, this charming contrast of old and new photographs highlights the stunning changes - and the equally amazing similarities - of one of the most loved cities in Britain, its well-known places but also some of its hidden gems.

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Great British Cities: Liverpool (1840 -1947)


(Historical Notes on the Historical Map of Liverpool 1850-51 by Mike Royden)

Map makers Cassini have produced an excellent boxed set of Liverpool historical maps covering; Old Series (1840-43), Revised New Series (1902-03), Popular Edition (1923-24), New Popular Edition (1947) and the County Series 1:10,000 (1850-51). I acted as consultant on the coverage and selection of the maps and wrote the historical notes for the County Series 1:10,000 (1850-51). This map covers Liverpool from Bootle Castle in the north to Otterspool in the south, detailed enough to have all street names recorded throughout. Cassini Historical Maps are created from Ordnance Survey’s definitive mapping series, surveyed and printed from the early 19th century onwards, which they have enhanced and enlarged to bring them into line with modern scales and print standards.
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Edward Rushton - life and times of an 18th Century Radical and the foundation of the Blind School in Liverpool


Much of this article first appeared as Chapter 2 of Pioneers and Perseverance by Michael Royden (published 1991). It has been revised and updated with additions 2001.

An edited form has been commissioned from the author by the editor of the Dictionary of National Biography. The entry for Edward Rushton has recently been published within this huge project to revise the volumes by the Oxford Universtity Press.

Dictionary of National Biography entry:

Edward Rushton (1756-1814) , poet, co-founder of Blind School, Liverpool


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'An Overview of the 19th Century Poor Law in Liverpool and its Hinterland - Roots of the Workhouse Infirmaries'

A conference took place in April 1999 at the Liverpool Medical Institution, run jointly by the Liverpool Medical History Society and the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire. The subject of the conference was 'The Poor Law, Workhouses and Public Welfare in Liverpool', including my paper on 'An Overview of the 19th Century Poor Law in Liverpool and its Hinterland - Roots of the Workhouse Infirmaries'.
The paper I gave was published in the 2000 Journal of the Liverpool Medical History Society (vol 11).


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'The early medical care of women and babies in the late 18th/early 19th century'

Following the April Conference at Liverpool University for the Liverpool Medical History Society ('Wives and Whores in Victorian Liverpool'), where I participated in the programme, the paper I gave was published in the Autumn 1999 Journal of the Liverpool Medical History Society (vol 10).


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Caring for Women and Babies in Liverpool
A History of Liverpool Maternity Hospital and The Women's Hospital, Liverpool

The second of the hospital books - it was decided to combine two into one book, ie. Oxford Street Maternity and The Women's Hospital, Catharine Street. (Published 1995).

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A History of Mill Road Hospital

On the formation of the the new NHS Trusts, I was asked to write histories of three of Liverpool's most well known Women's Hospitals, which were due to close to be replaced by the new Liverpool Women's Hospital. Mill Road was the first book which covered its transition from Workhouse Infirmary to post war maternity hospital. (Published in 1993).

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Pioneers and Perseverance
A History of the Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool

While still at University, the History Department were approached by The Royal School for the Blind, Liverpool, to compile a pamphlet detailing the history of the School which was to celebrate its Bi-centennial in two years time (ie.1991). As I was specialising in local and landscape history I was offered the project by the department. After producing a detailed catalogue of the 200 year old archive, which was still held at the School, I began the research and writing. It turned into a book of original research of 100,000 words on the oldest Blind School of its kind in the world. The book was published in 1991.

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An Illustrated History of Liverpool

Originally due out in the early 1990's, the first draft was completed, but it was then decided to change the content brief. The work was then redrafted but other projects took over. Some of the removed content appears within the 'local articles' pages on this site (see left hand link).

I hope to redraft and complete this in time for the 800th Anniversary of the Borough of Liverpool in 2007.


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Halewood by the 19th Century

Extended from a final year dissertation at Liverpool University (1989). Copies of this with Liverpool Central Library (Local Record Office), Halewood Library, Huyton Library.

For Part Two on the Effects of the Railway click here

For Part One on the Effects of Enclosure on Nineteenth Century Halewood click image

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The Wirral

In 1988 I was asked by Bernie Carroll to contribute to his forthcoming book on Liverpool (a guide to all aspects of the city, cultural, historical, musical etc.). I covered the Wirral area.


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The Roydens of Frankby


My first publication. Ken Burnley, owner and publisher of 'The Wirral Journal' contacted me about the Royden's in the Wirral and asked me if I would contribute an article. This appeared in Autumn 1986.

(Copy available for download on the Royden Family History Pages website - click image)


If you have enquiries on any of the above works, please e-mail me - I will try to answer a quickly as possible.

If you have interest in Local History I run a 20 week evening class at Liverpool University Centre for Continuing Education from September to March each year. Click Here for further info.

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