Merseyside and Liverpool City Region History 1503AD 1749D.

Mersey Reporter - Local online historical news and information website for the Merseyside and Liverpool City Region.

  Sign up to get our FREE email news bulletins  




The history of Merseyside and Liverpool City Region

Click on the date below to go to other lime line sections

History Section


  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.

Events / Historic Developments
More material page or extra link
Britain adopts the new style calendar.  
British Museum began, by the purchase of Sloane's collection.  
Liverpool Town Hall Finished.  
The 1st Starr Lookers or Starr Setters were appointed to find places to plant the Starr grass.
Molly Bushell creates and sells to the public her own Everton Toffee.  
Liverpool's Cultural development leads to the 1st theatre in Drury Lane.   
Liverpool's Library was the 1st circulating library in Europe.
The population of Liverpool rises to over 25,000 as shipping trade increased fourfold in 50 years.
1st British Empire at it's height.
Royal Academy of Arts is founded.  
600 poor were accommodated in a new building on Brownlow Hill as regular expansions of the Workhouse were undertaken.   
Formby founds its lifeboat service, probably the 1st in Britain. 
Link to related new report on SouthportReporter.comLiverpool was so important for transatlantic commerce and a vital trading partner for the former 13 Colonies in America that it opened up the 1st 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.
'Official' Founding of Southport.
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.
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.

Liverpool's very own currency was dropped.

A widow from Wigan Mrs. Sarah Walmesley builds the 1st new house in the area of South-Port. Its called:- 'Belle Vue' cottage.
William Sutton builds the South-Port Hotel and Sheltered bathing area, after obtaining the lease to 6 acres of land from Miss Bold.
Population now in the region of 77,000 in Liverpool.
Parliamentary union of Great Britain and Ireland.  
Bold House rebuilt to house the Bold family so they could take advantage of bathing in the new resort of 'South-Port'.  
As the Napoleonic war was taking place, the risk on invasion by the French became a huge concern nationally. In Liverpool, merchants put forward an idea to build a Fort on Perch Rock, to repel any invading French forces.  
Britain at war with France again, and insurrection in Ireland led by Robert Emmet.  
Bonaparte becomes Emperor and Spain declares war on England.
Battle of Trafalgar, Nelson's great victory and death.
The Union Hotel built, along with a series of terraces built by Wigan businessmen along Lords Street, Wellington Terrace.  
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.
The newspaper Liverpool Mercury founded and is thought to be the 1st full newspaper to be printed in the area.
First public sculpture erected, and it's Nelson's Monument.
The 1st private school opens in what was then known as 'South-Port'.
Battle of Waterloo.  
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.   
Liverpool Tower used as a prison and held many French prisoners.
Key buildings are constructed and opened in Southport.  In this year the 1st 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.
Independent chapel built on Eastbank Lane, on a plot again given by Robert Hesketh.
The newspapers Liverpool Times & Billinge's Advertiser and Liverpool Saturday Advertiser were both founded within this year.
Jesse Hartley who was appointed Surveyor of Liverpool Docks  
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.
Peter Hesketh Fleetwood inherits the estates that Southport covers.
Liverpool Tower pulled down.
Liverpool had 1.2 million tons passing through the port. 
The newspaper Liverpool Commercial Chronicle was founded in this year.
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. 
The Rectory was built in Southport.
The newspapers Gore's General Advertiser and Liverpool Daily Courier founded.
Perch Rock Battery was built to defend the entrance to the Mersey and consequentially the City.  The Fort could hold up to 100 men, it had 18 guns, with 16, 32 pounders and was built from red sandstone. The Fort's designed by a Captain John Sikes Kitson of the Royal Engineers.


Perch Rock Lighthouse foundation stone was laid on the 8 June.
The newspaper Liverpool Weekly Albion founded.  
The newspaper Liverpool Mercantile Advertiser/Gazette founded.
A news assembly room built on the corner of London Street and Lords Street in Southport
James Maury, the 1st Consul for the United States of America, who was based at the Liverpool - Paradise Street Consulate was removed from office by President Andrew Jackson.
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.
Metropolitan Police founded in London.  

The section is being updated constantly, so if you have any photographs, documents or any other information that helps us to develop this section, please contact us via email:- News24@MerseyReporter.Com.

Icon Key:-
Link to external website. Link to internal information page.
Colour key:-


We do our very best to keep this section up-to-date.  If you find any broken links please or links to external websites that are not appropriate, please let us know immediately. Thanks you...

  Find out whats on in and around Merseyside!

This is just 1 of the events on our event calendar, click on here to see lots more!

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS, the independent monitor for the UK's press.

This online newspaper and information service is regulated by IMPRESS the independent monitor for the UK's press.

This is our process:- Complaints Policy - Complaints Procedure - Whistle Blowing Policy

Contact us:-

  08463 244 195

Calls will cost 7p per minute, plus your telephone company's access charge.
Calls to this number may be recorded for security, broadcast, training and record keeping.

Click on to see our Twitter Feed.   Click on to see our Facebook Page.   Click on to follow our LinkedIn Profile.   This website is licence to carry news from and UK Press Photography.


See the view live webcamera images of the road outside our studio/newsroom in the hart of Southport.

An Image from our Southport Webcam above. To see it live, please click on image.

Click on to find out why the moon changes phases. 
This is the current phase of the moon. For more lunar related information, please click on here.

Southport and Mersey Reporter, 4a Post Office Ave, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 0US, UK.

Tracking & Cookie Usage Policy - Terms & Conditions


- Southport Reporter® is the Registered Trade Mark of Patrick Trollope.