covered by the conurbation of modern Liverpool
was once traversed by a number of small rivers or
streams, the scant remains of which can still be
seen in some places. Uncovering these lost rivers
provides a fascinating insight into the landscape
of the past. They disappeared mainly because of
widespread building and the subsequent
redirection of rainfall into the sewerage system.
They were historically important as sources of
water and power, drainage, district boundaries
and, even many years ago, recreation. Latterly
they were also conduits for pollution and
disease. Liverpool itself was established at the
mouth of one such river, The Pool, where
it entered the River Mersey.
|I have followed
the rivers from the centre of Liverpool to the
south and then to the north. Modern reference
points that I have used to describe their courses
are as accurate as I can manage, but may not be
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Upper Brook in Sefton Park