A BRIEF HISTORY OF LIVERPOOL

I have been a carpet cleaner in Liverpool for over ten years. It’s a very diverse city with a host of history embedded in it.

Here is a blog on the history of Liverpool.

advertising the city as a new borough, and inviting people who were able to come and take up residence there


EARLY LIVERPOOL

So history shows ‘Liuerpul’ (the original name for Liverpool) way back in 1190.  It’s thought the name ‘Liuerpul’ is taken from the words ‘muddy water’, or ‘creek’.

Liverpool was established as a city on 28 August 1207 when King John advertised the place as a new borough, along with sending out the word for people to go and settle there.

Back then, and as Liverpool was a port town, it was a great base for Ireland bound troops.  This soon changed as the town became more of a residential settlement place.  Soon enough Liverpool had a church, market and castle, but the rising population (of approximately 1000) seized to a halt and remained stagnant for some time.


LIVERPOOL ON THE UP

Things got a lot more prosperous during 1626 as the population took the opportunity to get trading with fellow cities as well as The Isle of Man and Ireland.  King Charles then granted Liverpool a new charter and trade here there began with America and The West Indies.


LIVERPOOL AND SLAVERY

220 slaves were brought into Liverpool from Barbados during 1699.  Soon after more slaves arrived from the Gold Coast.

The reasoning for this is because Liverpool had the first wet dock in Britain built with room for 100 ships.  Liverpool had brought a staggering 45000 slaves in 1799.

Thankfully slavery was abolished in British colonies in 1833, yet many still used slaves within the black market for some years to come.


LIVERPOOL AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

Cotton was a big thing in Liverpool during the industrial revolution.  This helped the population rise from around 6000 to over 80000.

Because of the success of the city during these years, Liverpool needed improved transport links.  Liverpool was linked to Manchester during 1721, soon after links were made to Leeds and St. Helens.

By 1830 Liverpool was linked to Manchester via rail.  This was the world’s first intercity link.  Now Liverpool was really ahead of the times and was given city status in 1880.


WW2 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool took a lot of damage during World War 2.  The Battle of the Atlantic was controlled from Liverpool docks and took in dozens of air raids.  Liverpool lost 2500 people during this war.  Thousands of houses were destroyed, and it’s said that more than 50% of homes were damaged in one way or another.Liverpool was quite badly affected in WW2. Its docks provided the control centre for the Battle of the Atlantic, and it was subject to over 80 air raids, particularly concentrated in May 1941.


LIVERPOOL AND THE SWINGING SIXTIES

One of the cities most famous exports will have to be The Beatles.  Formed in 1960.  The economy was booming during the 60’s yet this declined as the whole county did during the 70’s and 80’s.


MODERN LIVERPOOL

If you have been away from Liverpool for a few years and came in now you may not recognise the place.  With Liverpool One shopping centre, new Museum, streets and shops.  Student living and influx is at its peak.  Tourism is also at a high.

Liverpool has had a long history and certainly has a bright future ahead.