Swire's map captures Liverpool at the cusp of its change from a town into a city. The view is from the Mersey, putting the docks right in front of the viewer.
To the north (on the left) the Leeds-Liverpool Canal snakes across fields until it arrives at Old Hall Street. This area is still romantically rural, if only for Love Lane North which is marked.
Everton, Edge Hill and Toxteth Park skirt the boundaries, and the shape of Everton village is easy to see. There are new housing estates for the rich growing up east of Crown Street, as well as at 'Windsor' (near the top of Upper Parliament Street) and Abercromby Square (now the University area).
It's a highly decorated map, and because of that it's perfect for framing. There's a handy list of locations as numbered on the map (mostly chapels and churches but also swimming baths, libraries and other public services).
There's also the seal of the Corporation of Liverpool, the forerunner to the city council, and a miniature historical 'Mapp of Leverpoole 1720' as comparison.
District boundaries, the docks themselves, and some major landmarks are labelled directly, making this old map of Liverpool perfect for getting the lie of the land for the early 19th century.
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: 50cm x 38.5cm
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!