Medieval Liverpool

King John of England

King John of England [3]

Liverpool was created in 1207 by King John, who issued an invitation to settlers to come settle the new port on August 28, 1207.[1] Even with the King’s invitation to settle the new port, Liverpool remained a small city of seven streets. As can be seen in the original street plan of Liverpool below, the city contained a few small structures that were surrounded by large expanses of undeveloped, agricultural land.[2]


Original Street Map of Liverpool

Original Street Map of Liverpool [4]

[1] Mary Cathcart Borer, Liverpool (London: Longman Group Limited, 1971), 15.

[2] The ERE News, ERE Property, accessed April 19, 2015,

[3] King John’s Charter, Liverpool History Animation, accessed April 20, 2015,

[4] The ERE News.


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