Panoramic View of Liverpool, 1847. Source: Ramsay’s Bygone Liverpool. Click on image to enlarge it.

The materials with dates listed below are Victorian descriptions and histories of Liverpool, its politics, industry, churches and religious establishments, and so on. They have been included to show what people at various periods of the nineteenth century, not modern scholarhsip, believed about the city in which they lived and worked. — George P. Landow

Victorian Descriptions of Liverpool

Victorian Descriptions of Liverpool as a Commercial Power

Victorian Descriptions of Liverpool’s Religious, Cultural, Educational, and Other Institutions

Modern Photographs of Liverpool’s Architecture and Sculpture


Blackie, Walker Graham. The Imperial Gazetteer: A General Dictionary of Geography, Physical, Political, Statistical and Descriptive. 4 vol South London: Blackie & Son, 1856. Internet Archive online version of a copy in the University of California Library. Web.9 November 2018.

Muir, Ramsay, et al. Bygone Liverpool. Liverpool: Young, 1913. Internet Archive online version of a copy in the University of Toronto Library. Web. 29 September 2022.

Wilson, John M. (John Marius). The imperial gazetteer of England and Wales: embracing recent changes in counties, dioceses, parishes, and boroughs: general statistics: postal arrangements: railway systems, &c.; and forming a complete description of the country. 8 vols. Edinburgh: A. Fullarton, 1870.Internet Archive online version of a copy in the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center. Web. 17 September 2022.

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