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A Century of Liverpool Commerce
available in library

A history of Lancashire

Art in a City
John Willett
Bluecoat Society of Arts/Methuen 1967

Bombers over Merseyside
Daily Post 1943
Republished Scouse Press 1983

Buildings of Liverpool
Liverpool Heritage Bureau 1978
available in library

Discover Liverpool Book
Feb 2009

Discover Liverpool Book

Discover Liverpool Book
Price £20.00

Price £20.00 Offer Price £10.00

Delivery Prices
Europe: £ 3.50
Worldwide: £ 10.00


'Discover Liverpool' is an invitation to revel in the magic of one of England's greatest cities, courtesy of a beautifully crafted A4 hardback book and accompanying DVD. 

This is not an academic tome, but rather a labour of love by author and city expert KEN PYE. It will prove an inspiration to the many thousands of people expected to help the city celebrate its status as European Capital of Culture.

The eyes of the world will be on the famous port during this spell and Discover Liverpool will inspire readers to take one or all of the eight detailed tours that will guide them into the heart of the city to reveal the characters, buildings, myths, ghost stories and legends that make Liverpool unique.
The DVD backs all this up with a magical preview of iconic attractions like the waterfront – a world heritage site – as Ken Pye’s complete city history unfolds.

The DVD is produced by Colin McKeown and his highly respected city-based LA Productions. With a proven track record in high quality television and film production, LA Productions produces work of outstanding quality in whichever genre and format they work in. McKeown is a well established producer in his own right, responsible for amongst other things establishing 'Brookside', producing 'Liverpool One', 'Nice Guy Eddie' and the award- winning feature film 'Liam'. 

Discover Liverpool will be welcomed by Liverpudlians themselves and is everything a visitor will need to enjoy a visit to Merseyside.

The link book + DVD

The stand-alone DVD

Fabulous Liverpool
Paul Terence Madden
On sale at Pier Head ferry terminal

Ged Fagan
February 2007
A great and unique web site relating to Gerrad Gardens by Ged Fagan.  Well worth a visit.

Ged was born at Mill Road maternity hospital on 29th August 1962 into a Great Britain under the charge of Harold McMillan. The No1 song in the hit parade at the time was Frank Ifield's yodelling classic, 'I remember you', The Beatles debut single 'Love me do' was still over a month away from release. The stars of the Silver screen that week were Omar Sharif and Peter O'Toole in 'Lawrence of Arabia' and Gregory Peck and Mary Badham in 'To kill a mocking bird'. Marilyn Monroe had just been found dead, naked in bed at her Hollywood home, controversy ensued.

Ged was brought home to 39 Holly Street, the family having lived previously at 94 Seel Street and 150 Field Street. The Holly Street flats were built in 1912 in the style that were so prevalent in that pre WWI era, similar blocks still exist at Eldon Grove in the Vauxhall district.

By the age of 6, Ged's family were moved to nearby 98D Thurlow House, part of the Gerard Crescent tenement development. Thurlow House took its name from the earlier Thurlow Street which was named after the then Lord Chancellor. Holly Street was being pulled down to accommodate the new St. Anne Street Police headquarters which was to replace the old Rose Hill Police bridewell.

This flat was where most of Ged's childhood memories were sewn as he played out in the square and surrounding areas while attending Bishop Goss primary school together with St. Joseph's church, both in Grosvenor Street. Later, he moved up to St. Gregory's Roman Catholic Secondary Modern in nearby Prince Edwin Street.

During the early 1970s, the family were on the housing list for a bigger flat as a third bedroom was required as Ged reached adolescence while his older brother painted the town red, coming in at all hours. In 1976, the family moved to 8D Gerard Gardens, where incidentally, Ged had done most of his 'hanging around' anyway, his cousins living just across the way. This flat was situated just above the architect statue that adorned the wall over the Christian Street archway and was one of only two flats in the whole complex of nearly 400 that had a room with windows looking out into the square and on the opposite side of the room, looking out into the Street below, the other flat being the one situated directly above the hod carrier statue on the other side of the square.


Labour of Love in Liverpool
Dr D Ben Rees
15 January 2009 
new book on the Liverpool Welsh

290 pages

Price £15

from Dr  D B Rees,
32 Garth Drive,
L18 6HW

Liverpool as it was in the last quarter of the 18th Century
Richard Brooke
available to buy as reprint

Liverpool Scene
Peter Davies

Made in Liverpool - Liverpool pottery and porcelain 1700 - 1850
National Museums Liverpool 1993

Memorials of Liverpool
J.A. Picton
For sale as reprint

Michael Kelly`s New Book **** Mothers of the city *** Released before Christmas
Michael Kelly
AJH publishing Christmas 2007
The story of twenty outstanding Liverpool women, due for release before Christmas.

Published by AJH publishing, of Formby.

Can be obtained from all Merseyside bookshops or on line from,

NEW BOOK *** The Gateway to America ***
John Kerrigan.
October 2007

This exiting new book features many recently discovered (and some almost forgotten ) links and associations between Liverpool and America.

It describes the history of people and places, the events and dramas which gave to Liverpool, and to this book, the title of ‘The Gateway to America’. 

The emphasis of this book, quite rightly, will always be on Liverpool’s maritime connections, as they are the foundation for most of it’s linkage to, and from, the United States.

Over sixteen previously unseen photo images of Mrs Roosevelt's secret visit to Liverpool in World War Two, the book also features many other Liverpool people and events which have been discovered in U.S. Archives.

• People such as the Rev James Fell, the Liverpool Seaman's Chaplin, who became a legendary character on San Francisco’s waterfront, and credited with cleaning up the notorious Barbary Coast, during the late nineteenth century.

• Robert Morris, born in Dale Street in 1734, who emigrated to America and eventually became a key figure in George Washington's first government, and one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence.

• And from the mid eighteenth century - the surreal character of Mad Annie Bailey, born in Liverpool, emigrated to America, and  became an Indian scout and a legendary figure in American Frontier history.

"This is a major contribution to history of Liverpool and shows the strong ties between Liverpool and the Americas. John follows a path that unveils surprising links"

David P Murrant. Director of Service Groups. Sony Computer Entertainment - America.

The Liverpool American connection makes up an important element of the history of the city. John Kerrigan’s book is one further valuable contribution and one that is accessible to a wide audience.

Ian Ralston.  Lecturer in U.S. Studies. Liverpool J.M. University

Liverpool The Gateway To America is a fascinating piece of historical research which highlights the key elements in the development of Liverpool's American connections. Local historians will thank John Kerrigan for  discovering much interesting new material and incorporating it into a clear and interesting story.

Professor Peter Fearon. School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester.

Proceeds of royalties will go to Liverpool registered charity - Aintree Action For Justice & Peace

The author can be contacted by email: telephoning 0151 521 2344. or by post to : John Kerrigan. 5 Broomfield Road. Orrell Park. Liverpool L9 3AB.

Please contact any of the above for a free preview copy of the recently launched book.

The book is now available to buy from the following bookshops throughout  Merseyside.

Pritchards Bookshops.  Formby & Crosby.

Linghams Bookshops.   Heswall & West Kirby. Wirral.

Borders Speke, Liverpool & Cheshire Oaks Ellesmere Port.

WH Smith. Church Street. Liverpool.

Waterstones. Bold Street. Liverpool. Waterstones Ormskirk

Capital of Culture 08 shops in the City centre.

And at a discount of 10%, online at

    John Kerrigan.

Pictorial Liverpool and the art of W.G. and W. Herdman
Kay Parrott
On sale at Pier Head ferry terminal

Picture Palaces of Liverpool
Harold Ackroyd
On sale at Pier Head ferry terminal

Plaque by Plaque
John Fidler

Scotland Road – the old neighbourhood
Terry Cole
On sale at Pier Head ferry terminal

The Changing Face of Liverpool 1207-1770
Merseyside Archaeological Society
Merseyside Archaeological Society Aug 2007

The Changing Face of Liverpool 1207-1770

Merseyside Archaeological Society received a grant from the City of Culture Company “In The City” Programme and Liverpool City Council in 2006 to research and write this book.   It covers the period from the granting of Letters Patent (“the Charter”) in 1207 to 1770.  It traces the growth of Liverpool from a small medieval port to its rapid expansion in the middle of the 18th century.  There are introductions to trade and industry, municipal development, and social issues from churches to markets.  Four chapters cover 1207-1539, 1540-1659, 1660-1713 and 1714-1770.  Each chapter includes a street plan with all the sites marked and a gazetteer describing buildings during that period.

The Changing Face of Liverpool 1207-1770 has 80 pages, many with full-colour illustrations.  It costs £5 and is available from Liverpool Tourist Information and Welcome Offices, St Georges Hall and many bookshops, though not yet the main Waterstones and WH Smith in the city centre.   

It can be obtained by post from Merseyside Archaeological Society, 3 Calton Avenue , Mossley Hill, Liverpool , L18 1EL for £6 including postage and packing.  It will be on sale at Merseyside Archaeological Society’s stand at Liverpool History Fair 14-16 September in St George’s Hall.

The drinking fountains of Liverpool installed by Charles Melly

The Sandon Studies Society
Roderick Bisson
Parry Books 1965

The Streets of Liverpool
James Stonehouse
Republished 2002

West Derby, Old Swan and Wavertree
James Hoult
published in 1913 and recently republished by Liverpool Record Office 

World War Two memories
Liverpool History Society

Yesterday's LIVERPOOL 1857 to 1957
Ian G Boumphrey
Available now

In 26 years of publishing, this my 50th publication is my first topographical book about Liverpool. I have chosen the dates 1857-1957 as they are representing the 650th to 750th anniversary of Liverpool receiving its Charter; next year, 2007, will be the 800th anniversary.

With 128 pages, this A4 publication covers Liverpool City and suburbs in chronological order, has over 450 pictures and graphics and includes over 1,000 dates of events in and around Liverpool.

Some of the early pictures/graphics feature:

                                Huyton Church and Railway Station both c1860

                                The Liverpool landing stage burnt down in 1874

                                Irwin's store and depot in the 1880s

                                The Overhead Railway being built in the 1890s

                                Celebrations for the 700th Charter anniversary in 1907

                                Many adverts of Liverpool companies

 and many many more including trams, buses, railways, aeroplanes, street scenes in the city centre and outlying villages; First & Second World War; Royal visits etc. etc.

Availability: Now stocked in Bookshops in Liverpool, Crosby, Formby, Southport, Wirral, and Chester Stockists:               

For details of nearest stockist contact the publisher on

0151 608 7611

Price:       £9.95

‘Zeebrugge & Ostend Raids’ latest book by Stephen McGreal.
Stephen McGreal.

‘Zeebrugge & Ostend Raids’ the latest book by Stephen McGreal.

During 2008 while Liverpool celebrates its year as Capital of Culture the ninetieth anniversary of the Zeebrugge Raid will occur and also the November armistice. There were of course many more significant events occurring in the final year of that dreadful war, but I mention the Zeebrugge raid for a reason or perhaps I should say two reasons.

Nine decades after the Zeebrugge raids the present day Mersey ferries Royal Iris and Royal Daffodil proudly bear the names of two of their illustrious forebears. In early1918, Britain stood in danger of defeat by Germany. Submarine warfare had exacted a heavy toll on British and allied shipping. The Admiralty determined the U Boats were operating from the occupied ports of Ostend, Bruges and Zeebrugge. In an attempt to bottle up these U Boats the navy decided to block the harbour entrances with concrete filled block ships. At Zeebrugge the Royal Marines and Naval storming parties were to create a diversionary attack on the Zeebrugge Mole, a huge concrete breakwater. While this happened three block ships were to scuttle in the channel. A simultaneously operation using two obsolete cruisers as block ships would attempt to block Ostend.

The Zeebrugge operation used four obsolete cruisers, three were block ships but Vindictive was the mother ship. She underwent conversion to a craft suitable for landing ashore the storming parties. The nation’s harbours were scoured for two suitable auxiliary craft and the Wallasey ferries Iris and Daffodil ably suited the requirements. The requisitioned vessels sailed south to join the gathering armada for Operation ZO.

On St Georges Day 23 April 1918 the attacking force emerged from a protective artificial fog. The stunned German gunners opened fire on Vindictive at three hundred yards decreasing to less than one yard. Her vitals were screened by the concrete Mole breakwater but her upper works were ripped to shreds by German artillery. Under the onslaught the raiders were scythed down upon her decks, it proving impossible for Vindictive to close the gap between her and the Mole. Both ferries had lagged behind and now arrived on the scene Daffodil acted as a tug and shoved the warship against the breakwater. At last the depleted taskforce managed to struggle onto dry land. A fierce battle ensued at tremendous cost in life and limb to the raiders.

Despite terrific examples of gallantry the raiders on Iris could not secure the ferry, prevented the landing of her demolition parties. A submarine crammed with explosives purposely rammed herself into the steel viaduct section of the Mole. After the crew escaped the submarine erupted in a huge explosion, severing the viaduct and preventing the arrival of German reinforcements. Some forty-five minutes after the arrival of Vindictive, the block ships crept into the harbour. Despite drawing considerable fire from the scores of shore batteries two of the cruisers successfully scuttled in the main channel. With the mission complete Vindictive and the fighting ferries with drew. As she departed Iris sailed into a salvo of heavy shells which claimed a great loss of life. Time after time she juddered as shells rained down on her steelworks. Somehow she survived and eventually reached Dover.

The returning ships and their battle scarred combatants were feted as heroes. Britain’s navy had proven she still had a bite. More importantly at a time of depressing time of constant bad news from the Western Front the Government received a priceless morale boosting victory. Understandably, they played their card for all it was worth; eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded for Operation ZO, where every moment had its deed and every deed its hero.  For their valour the Wallasey ferries were granted a Royal prefix by King George V, hence Royal Iris and Royal Daffodil. The Ostend block ships ran aground on a sandbank a second attempt in May using a patched up Vindictive proved slightly more successful.

The ‘Zeebrugge & Ostend Raids’ book is the latest edition to the Battleground series published by Pen and Sword books.  The A5 size 175 page book is the third book on the Great War written by Stephen McGreal. The book priced 12-99 is available direct from the publishers, Amazon, Waterstones etc. The work differs from any previous book on the subject for it contains over 150 images and diagrams and a guide to the Belgian memorials, sites and cemeteries. After having read the full account of the raid, the traveller can use this pocket guide to find his own way around this very pleasant part of Belgium.  

Also available by the same author is ‘The Cheshire Bantams’ who were two battalions of infantry. They were raised in Birkenhead in late 1914, and were all less than five foot three tall. Price 19.99.