Liverpool there was only Halewood, or rather the village
of Hale near a wood. This was recorded in the Doomsday
book around 1001. 3 years later the first mention of the
Mersey is made and that's as a river. By 1086 there is
still no mention of the Liverpool only Smithdown,
Toxteth and West Derby. The actual first mention of
Liverpool is apparently in deeds, which sign over the
lands of Ainsdale, French Lea, Liverpool, Ravenmeols and
Litherland to a Henry Fitzwarine. Now Liverpool or
rather the pool would have been an inlet of the river
Mersey, and probably ran from the Mersey tunnel entrance
at the Old Haymarket to Canning place where it rejoined
It isn't until 1207 that King John actually signs a
charter founding the town of Liverpool.
below is of Liverpool from Air looking over Garden
Festival Site (North) taken over the river Mersey.
by Patrick Trollope BA(Hons) LBPPA.