As a mapmaker, G.W. Bacon had already contributed an overview of the region with his Map of Liverpool from 1885. This map is much more detailed, from a quarter of a century later.
To modern eyes it looks more like an A-Z of the city, with street names labelled and public services like hospitals and stations, picked out in bold dark hatching. Like the North Sheet and South Sheet from 1890, circles are marked for miles to the Town Hall.
This old map of Liverpool demonstrates the full density of terraces in the city, in grids from Walton to Toxteth. By this point in its history Liverpool was still growing, but already had nearly 800,000 people in it at the census in 1911. Despite this, the map just edges into the rural outskirts, with fields at Walton and West Derby visible on the margins.
The map takes in the full sweep of the docks, from Herculaneum and the Garston Docks in the south to Hornby Dock in the north. These northern docks are inlcuded via a separate pop-out panel in the bottom left corner.
There's also a map of the wards, with the boundaries shown on the main map too. All in all, with the great number of roads labelled here, this is a great tool for family history, especially if you want to take in the whole city at once, rather than spread across two maps.
Print of old map of Liverpool
This is a beautiful piece of art in its own right. The size of the print makes it a wonderful object to hang in your home, and the high quality of the paper makes it perfect for framing.
This item, and other maps of Liverpool just like it, are available to preview as high resolution interactive maps on the website Historic Liverpool.
Note that the images on this page don’t give a great impression of just how good this map is, because the imagery has been compressed. This is a high definition print of a large digital file.
High resolution mapping – hugely detailed!
Beautiful Victorian workmanship
Printed on weighty archival paper
Size: 38.5cm x 50cm
Whether as a gift for a loved one, or to treat yourself to something for hanging in the study, this map is a fascinating piece of history you’ll want to study again and again!