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26th April 2016
Liverpool, Merseyside, Wirral and North-West Cheshire: Photos, Information, History, Walks and Links
What is allertonOak?
allertonOak is for anyone who would like to explore and learn more about Liverpool, Merseyside, Wirral and the surrounding areas (the red box on the map). The site name was adopted from an ancient tree in Calderstones Park in the south of Liverpool. The site is organised partially into three large sections that you can access using the buttons below:
A large number of original photos with history, geography, architecture, personal thoughts and more.
Illustrated descriptions of the best walks in the area, cross referenced to merseySights and with mobile and printer friendly options.
Aerial photographs of the region.
Special Features In addition to the above is a series of detailed and lavishly illustrated special features:
The Origin of Local Place Names
A guide to the origin of place names in and around Merseyside.
The Allerton Oak
All about our famous ancient oak tree, the Allerton Oak, from which this site took its name.
A History of Allerton and Mossley Hill
A comprehensive history of Allerton and Mossley Hill, covering geological origins, prehistoric inhabitants and their remains, the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, the Normans and the subsequent Lords of the Manor, the early landscape and byways, distinguished residents and their properties, ecclesiastical institutions, public parks, roads and railways, and connections with the Beatles.
The Cathedrals
A history and description of Liverpool's two outstanding cathedrals.
Old Liverpool Churches
A survey of the principal churches of the original Liverpool parish built before about 1830. Many of these were among the town's most beautiful buildings, but changing demographics, demands of commercial development and the bombing of World War II have obliterated all but four of them.
Old Churches near Liverpool
This article describes the surviving churches of the Liverpool suburbs and the surrounding areas that were constructed before 1800 or have significant pre-1800 remains in the structure. Most of the region's oldest buildings are churches and, if you want a direct link to the distant past, where better to find it?
Lost Rivers of Liverpool
An account of the lost rivers of Liverpool. Uncovering these waterways provides a fascinating insight into the landscape of the past. They were historically important as sources of water and power, drainage, district boundaries and, even many years ago, recreation. Liverpool itself was established at the mouth of one such river, The Pool, where it entered the River Mersey.
Old Roads and Villages of Liverpool
A study of the outlying roads and villages of Liverpool as they appear on the Yates and Perry map of 1768 and how they have survived into the present conurbation. The old roads and their boundary walls are seen to shape the modern suburbs and many buildings and other structures from before the 19th century survive into the present.
Lighthouses of Liverpool Bay
An account of the existing and lost lighthouses of Liverpool Bay in the Merseyside and Wirral areas. Their history is irrevocably linked with storms, wrecks and the hazardous coastline of rocks and shifting banks, but also with prosperity and the vibrancy of trade.
Windmills of Merseyside and Wirral
An account of the surviving traditional windmills in the Merseyside and Wirral area. Their rarity and oddity always make them an arresting feature of the landscape.
The Garden Suburb Movement in Merseyside
An overview of the most significant garden suburbs of Merseyside, including estates for the wealthy, workers' model villages associated with factories and council initiatives.
Grade I Listed Buildings
A guide to all of the Grade I listed buildings of Liverpool and the surrounding area. Liverpool itself has the largest number of listed buildings in the United Kingdom outside London.
Viking Merseyside
A survey of the Viking settlements on the Wirral Peninsula and in south-west Lancashire and their legacy in the region today.
Remember that you can search allertonOak using Google or other search engines by typing into the 'Site or domain' box (or its equivalent) in addition to your usual keywords.
I hope you enjoy your visit and I would like to offer you a warm Scouse welcome (Liverpudlians are of course known as Scousers, after the gastronomic delight of boiled root vegetables and meat we are thought to eat all the time). Merseysiders are proud of their region, and rightly so. It is exceptionally rich in history, culture, interest and visual appeal as I hope you will agree. If allertonOak satisfies your curiosity about Merseyside, causes pangs of nostalgia if you are an expat or simply gets you away from the telly, then it will have served its purpose. Best of all, why not visit Merseyside and take a look for yourself.
What's new at allertonOak?
Click the NEWS button to find out. If you would like to share your thoughts about this site or contribute information or corrections of any kind, I'd like to hear from you. You can email me privately or as a contribution to the guest book (particularly appreciated) using the buttons below (please do not alter the subject line in the email). The mailing list is only used to tell you when the site has been updated. Please note that I can not help with genealogical matters.
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Other Stuff
Genealogy of the Scales Family A detailed study of the origins of my family name and the historical families (some famous, some less so) associated with it in England and Western Europe.
Duck-Billed Platitudes The rambling impressions of a scouser in Australia.
CheshireTrove My mate Brendon Cox's site, an ongoing project focussed on Cheshire, including the Wirral Peninsula. He has an entertaining and engaging style and I'm looking forward to more.
allertonOak is the work of Laurence Scales
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The site is entirely non-commercial.
The Allerton Oak in about 1900
Liverpool Coat of Arms
The Liver Bird
The Mersey Estuary
The Mersey Ferry
The Port of Liverpool Building
The Metropolitan Cathedral