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1503 to 1749 1830 to 1869 1900 to 1929 1960 to 2003
-8050 to 1490   1750 to 1829   1870 to 1899   1930 to 1959  


THIS page lists events and other information related to the time line from 1503AD to 1749AD. Some areas contain extra pages you can read with additional reference material on them. To access these pages, please see the extra information column of the table below.


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1752 Britain adopts the new style calendar.    
1753 British Museum began, by the purchase of Sloane's collection.    
1754 Liverpool Town Hall Finished.    
1757 The first Starr Lookers or Starr Setters were appointed to find places to plant the Starr grass.  
1759 Molly Bushell creates and sells to the public her own Everton Toffee.      
1759 Liverpool's Cultural development leads to the first theatre in Drury Lane.       
1759 Liverpool's Library was the first circulating library in Europe.    
1760  The population of Liverpool rises to over 25,000 as shipping trade increased fourfold in 50 years.    
1763 First British Empire at it's height.    
1768 Royal Academy of Arts is founded.    
1771 600 poor were accommodated in a new building on Brownlow Hill as regular expansions of the Workhouse were undertaken.     
1775 Formby founds its lifeboat service, probably the first in Britain.   
1790 Liverpool was so important for transatlantic commerce and a vital trading partner for the former 13 Colonies in America that it opened up the first overseas consulate on Liverpool, before London or any capital city in the world, in this year!  The consulate was founded by the then fledgling United States of America, on Paradise Street, Liverpool.  It was opened by the Notable Consul James Maury.  His portrait still hangs today in Liverpool Town Hall.  The Building stood on the quayside of Steers Dock, with the famous Golden Eagle sculpture above its door.   Link to related new report on
1792 'Official' Founding of Southport.  
1793 House of Commons Committee that was petition by Members of the Common Council of the Town of Liverpool to print its very own Currency Notes.    
1795 James Wyatt repairs fire damage to the Liverpool Town Hall, and adds the dome with the figure of Minerva goddess of wisdom to the top.    
1796 Liverpool's very own currency was dropped.  
1797 A widow from Wigan Mrs. Sarah Walmesley builds the first new house in the area of South-Port. Its called Belle Vue cottage.    
1798 William Sutton builds the South-Port Hotel and Sheltered bathing area, after obtaining the lease to 6 acres of land from Miss Bold.    
1800 Population now in the region of 77,000 in Liverpool.    
1800 Parliamentary union of Great Britain and Ireland.    
1802 Bold House rebuilt to house the Bold family so they could take advantage of bathing in the new resort of 'South-Port'.    
1803 Britain at war with France again, and insurrection in Ireland led by Robert Emmet.    
1804 Bonaparte becomes Emperor and Spain declares war on England.    
1805 Battle of Trafalgar, Nelson's great victory and death.    
1805 The Union Hotel built, along with a series of terraces built by Wigan businessmen along Lords Street, Wellington Terrace.    
1807 MP William Roscoe votes to back the abolishment of slavery in the British Empire, and on his return to Liverpool is met with violence. Most of the people of Liverpool seeing the abolishment of slavery as an end to their happy and profitable existence.    
1811 The newspaper Liverpool Mercury founded and is thought to be the first full newspaper to be printed in the area.    
1813 First public sculpture erected, and it's Nelson's Monument.    
1813 The first private school opens in what was then known as 'South-Port'.    
1815 Battle of Waterloo.    
1816 Southport Marine Fund was organised in this year to reward those fishermen that put their lives at risk to rescue others on the sea. There is some evidence that something similar was in use prior to this date as it was sold to set up this fund.   

1818 Liverpool Tower used as a prison and held many French prisoners.    
1821 Key buildings are constructed and opened in Southport.  In this year the first church in Southport built on land donated by Robert Hesketh and named Christ Church.  Later that year the Hesketh Arms, followed by the Scarisbrick Arms where built and opened to the public.    
1823 Independent chapel built on Eastbank Lane, on a plot again given by Robert Hesketh.    
1823 The newspapers Liverpool Times & Billinge's Advertiser and Liverpool Saturday Advertiser founded.    
1824 Jesse Hartley who was appointed Surveyor of Liverpool Docks    

1824 Other amenities to be found in the growing hamlet of South-port were, a billiard room, sea-bathing facilities, makeshift theatre, post office, and wine repositories.    
1824 Peter Hesketh Fleetwood inherits the estates that Southport covers.  
1824 Liverpool Tower pulled down.    
1825 Liverpool had 1.2 million tons passing through the port.     
1825 The newspaper Liverpool Commercial Chronicle founded.    
1826 A survey of occupations in the hamlet of South-Port lists 59 out of the 107 householders as receiving visitors to the sea-bathing facilities around the area.  A survey of schools in South-Port reports that there are 6 of them in the area.     
1826 The Rectory is built in Southport.    
1826 The newspapers Gore's General Advertiser and Liverpool Daily Courier founded.    
1827 Perch Rock Battery built to defend the entrance to the Mersey and consequentially the city.   

1827 Perch Rock Lighthouse foundation stone was laid on the 8 June.  
1827 The newspaper Liverpool Weekly Albion founded.      
1828 The newspaper Liverpool Mercantile Advertiser/Gazette founded.    
1829 A news assembly room built on the corner of London Street and Lords Street in Southport    
1829 James Maury, the first Consul for the United States of America, who was based at the Liverpool - Paradise Street Consulate was removed from office by President Andrew Jackson.  
1829 The Flying Dutchman runs on the Southport beach, appears this is a giant Sand-yacht which people paid to ride in, it travelled at great speed.    
1829 Metropolitan Police founded in London.    
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