1958 Ordnance Survey Map – North Liverpool and Bootle

North Liverpool & Bootle

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This is my last posting, at least for now, about the 1958 Ordnance Survey map of Liverpool (which I picked up for a song on Bewdley Railway Station not long ago) with particular reference to its lost railways.

The former line from Seaforth and the North Mersey Goods Yard past Linacre Road (closed April 1951), Ford (Closed April 1951) and Aintree Racecourse (closed March 1962) onto what is now the Liverpool Kirkby Merseyrail line is interesting. Most of it is just about still there; well at least the section from Aintree to the Liverpool – Southport line between the Strand and Seaforth & Litherland is. Indeed, there is still a single track here with trees and bushes growing through it. Merseytravel often used to talk of it being reopened but sadly this seems to be little more than vague speculation that gets repeated every 5 years or so.

Looking east in the direction of the former Ford Station from Hawthorne Road, Bootle in 2014.

Looking east in the direction of the former Ford Station from Hawthorne Road, Bootle in 2014.

On the former Cheshire Lines route around Liverpool Clubmoor station (closed November 1960) is there as is Warbreck Station (Closed November 1960) and Aintree Central (Closed November 1960) but used for race traffic until March 1963. The line closed in December 1964.

As with my last posting I recommend Rob Gell’s ‘An illustrated Survey of Liverpool’s Railway Stations 1830 – 1985 as a good point of reference.

1958 Ordnance Survey Map – Liverpool Centre & South East

Liverpool Centre and South

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Back to the 1958 Ordnance Survey map of Liverpool that I picked up for a song recently.

The railways are the fascinating thing for me. Just look what was still in place back then compared with now. The Cheshire Lines loop around Liverpool is the big change. Lost stations on that line include Gateacre (lasted until April 1972), Childwall (closed January 1931), Knotty Ash (closed November 1960), West Derby (closed November 1960) and Clubmoor (closed November 1960). The line inself was closed in August 1975.

A good easy to refer to book about Liverpool’s railway stations is:-

Rob Gell’s ‘An illustrated Survey of Liverpool’s Railway Stations 1830 – 1985’