A history of Sefton Borough’s Communities

Whilst searching for the of the term origin of ‘Yort’ a while back (see my posting of 23 07 19 ‘Formby – What is a Yort?’) I happened upon this fascinating document by the Museum of Liverpool & English Heritage on the internet:-

Sefton Historic Settlement Study – Merseyside Historic Characterisation Project from 2011


Here’s the introduction to the 84 page document:-

Introduction to Historic Settlement Study

The aim of the historic settlement study was to produce a consistent pro-forma template of information on settlements identified across all the historical townships in all 5 districts of Merseyside as based on the relevant paper First Edition Ordnance Survey 6” to 1 mile maps for Lancashire (published 1848 -1851) and Cheshire (1881 – 1882) . The purpose was to help provide background information for the data capture of character area polygons and also bring together some information on known or highlight other historic settlements, many of which have been lost or disguised by urban development. It was also thought that information would be useful for alerting to areas of possible archaeological interest to support the development management advice given by Merseyside Archaeological Advisory Service to the five districts. Historic urban settlement character is one of the key priority areas for research within Merseyside and one for which there is currently least documented archaeological evidence.

What a useful historic database this is for those wanting to know more about the origins of their own Sefton community. Go on find where you lived and get to know more about it………

Liverpool/Birkenhead – It’s railways in and around the Ports are all but ignored

A Mersey Docks & Harbour Board ‘Pug’ steam engine in OO scale.

Liverpool is famous the world over for many things and it celebrates the vast majority of them but one thing that seems to be all but ignored is the huge network of railways which once served the ports of Liverpool and indeed Birkenhead.

The other day, quite by chance, I came across this link (see below) to Bristol Museums:-


Clearly in Bristol its port railways are being celebrated with a real railway run by the local museum.

Surely as the powers that be look for new attractions to celebrate the history of Liverpool and Birkenhead (and to
bring more visitors into the area) they can seriously look at following the Bristol model, can’t they?

Liverpool North Dock (LMS) 20th August 1926. A Simplex loco is on the left.

National Museums Liverpool already have a lovely 0-6-0 Mersey Docks and Habour Board dock steam loco in storage. It used to be on display but was sidelined when the new Museum of Liverpool was built. Having said that the thrust of this posting is not about just taking that old loco out of storage and displaying it (much as that would be a welcome bit of progress), it’s about trying to replicate something along the lines of what Bristol have managed to do on one or other side of the Mersey.

I have blogged on this subject previously – back in 2014 -, see link below:-


And here are a couple of links to You Tube videos about the Bristol Harbour railway:-



Here’s hoping a penny will drop somewhere one day.

Remembering WW1 – The bravery of Sgt. David Jones from Liverpool


The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

A memorial stone has been unveiled in honour of a Liverpool soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross during World War One for “most conspicuous bravery”.

Sgt David Jones was awarded the medal for actions at Guillemont in the Battle of the Somme on 3 September 1916.

He had held his post for two days and nights with no food or water while his platoon came under heavy gun fire.

He chose to return to action rather than return to England to receive the VC and was killed on 7 October.

His widow was presented with his medal (which now resides at the Museum of Liverpool) at Buckingham Palace by King George V.

Merseyside – Where to see its preserved Locomotives and Rolling Stock – Posting 2

The Lion otherwise known as the Titfield Thunderbolt!

The Lion otherwise known as the Titfield Thunderbolt!

My first posting on this subject is available via the link below:-


It concentrated on the ‘Whiston’ colliery loco now based at the Foxfield Railway in deepest rural Staffordshire and the long-term refurbishment project of the former Merseyrail Class 502 EMU in a warehouse in Burscough.

This posting is about an historic locomotive and a LOR motorcoach both of which are in the care of NML (National Museums Liverpool) and on display in the new Museum of Liverpool.

The first is the world famous Lion, pictured above. It probably became so well known because it was the star of the Ealing Comedy film The Titfield Thunderbolt. At one time it was also displayed on a plinth at Lime Street Station.

This is what NML says about the Lion – follow link below:-


The Overhead Railway motorcoach displayed at the height it ran at until the 1950's when it sadly closed.

The Overhead Railway motorcoach displayed at the height it ran at until the 1950’s when it sadly closed.

This OO scale model is a superb representation of the Overhead Railway taking in the Herculaneum area of Liverpool. I came across it at a model railway exhibition.

This OO scale model is a superb representation of the Overhead Railway taking in the Herculaneum area of Liverpool. I came across it at a model railway exhibition.

The second one in this posting is the Liverpool Overhead Railway motorcoach No.3 that is displayed on a replica piece of overhead track also in the Museum of Liverpool. See photos above.

This is what NML says about the LOR motorcoach – follow link below:-


Liverpool – Carters memorial

Caters memorial


This is a great piece of artwork which is on Liverpool’s waterfront between the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Museum of Liverpool. It was unveiled in 2010 by the Mayor of Liverpool.

My interest and attention was drawn to it via my wife who has been researching her family history. This research has led to the fact that a relative of her’s was a Liverpool Carter.

The May 2010 Liverpool Echo article – see link above – gives some background information to the artist who created it, how the money to was raised to fund the project and how important carters were to the docks of Liverpool in times gone by.

The photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

Museum of Liverpool – Lydiate gets a mention

I have been to the excellent new(ish) Museum of Liverpool a few times but had not previously spotted the reference to Lydiate Hall and indeed the old timbers from it.

Here are a couple of photos (click on them to enlarge) I took on our most recent visit:-

Timbers from Lydiate Hall on display at the Museum of Liverpool

Timbers from Lydiate Hall on display at the Museum of Liverpool

History of Lydiate Hall.

History of Lydiate Hall.