Information sheet

Liverpool Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Dock Plans

Sheet number 56


This section is one of the largest in the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board (MDHB) archive, containing some 30,000 drawings, ranging from Timothy Lightoller's plan of 1765 to drawings of the Seaforth Dock.  The plans are mainly derived from the Engineer's Department and include Ordnance Survey and other published maps used or adapted for MDHB use.  The collection includes specially drawn plans of the North and South Dock systems, the Birkenhead Dock system, engineering and architectural drawings of docks, buildings, fittings, machinery and plant.  It also includes works and projects of other port developments in Britain and therefore contains drawings and plans of other ports acquired or made for comparison.  Problems include the large size and poor condition of many of the plans and the inclusion of many schemes and proposals that were never carried out.

As the collection is still being sorted, a selection of plans and drawings covering the development of the port have been identified and highlighted for use for research purposes.

Liverpool Dock Estate Plans (Drawer 185)

Liverpool Docks, 1825: Jessie Hartley (black & white)

Liverpool Docks, 1830: Jessie Hartley (colour)

The Mersey, Birkenhead & Liverpool Docks: Charts & Plans, 1843-1857 (fragile, Folded-Mezz Row B)

Liverpool Docks, 1846: Jessie Hartley (colour)

Table of Liverpool Docks, 1848 (colour)

Liverpool & Birkenhead Docks, 1858 (Folded-Mezz Row B)

Liverpool Docks, 1859 (showing original coastline) (colour)

Liverpool Docks, 1862 (Traffic Manager's Office (black & white)

Liverpool Docks, 1872 (Folded-Mezz Row B)

Liverpool Docks, 1879/1880 (black & white)

Liverpool Docks / Proposed Overhead Railway, 1885 (colour)

Liverpool Docks, 1890 (black & white)

Liverpool Docks, 1896 (colour)

Liverpool Docks, 1900 (black & white)

Liverpool & Birkenhead Docks, 1902 (Folded - Mezz Row B)

Liverpool Docks, 1904 (black & white) 1905 (colour)

Liverpool Docks, 1960 (black & white)

Birkenhead Dock Estate Plans (Drawer 185)

Liverpool & Birkenhead Docks, 1863 (black & white)

Birkenhead Docks, 1879 (black & white)

Birkenhead Docks, 1888 (black & white)

Birkenhead Docks, 1890 (black & white)

Birkenhead Docks, 1894 (black & white) 1895 (colour) 1896 (colour)

Birkenhead Docks, 1900 (black & white) 1901 (colour)

Birkenhead Docks, 1904 (colour) 1905 (colour)

Birkenhead Docks, 1930 (colour)

Birkenhead Docks, 1960 (black & white)

Reference works: Maritime Archives and Library

Liverpool JournalThe History of the Birkenhead Great Low Water Basin.  Liverpool: 13 February 1864, 710.HIS/PM

MOUNTFIELD, Stuart.  Western Gateway - A History of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board.  1965, 610.MOU

RITCHIE-NOAKES, Nancy.  Jessie Hartley - Dock Engineer to the Port of Liverpool, 1824-1860.  Liverpool: Merseyside County Museums, 1980, 710.RIT.

RITCHIE-NOAKES, Nancy.  Liverpool's Historic Waterfront - The World's First Mercantile Dock System.  Liverpool: Merseyside County Museums / Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, 1984, 710.RIT.

JARVIS, Adrian.  Prince's Dock - A Magnificent Monument of Mural Art.  Liverpool: National Museums Liverpool, 1991, 710.JAR

McCARRON, Ken & JARVIS, Adrian.  Give a Dock a Good Name.  Liverpool: National Museums Liverpool, 1992, 710.McC.

JARVIS, Adrian.  Liverpool Central Docks, 1799-1905 - An Illustrated History.  Liverpool: National Museums Liverpool, 1992, 710.JAR

Dock Engineers and Dock Engineering - Papers presented at a Research Day School. Liverpool: National Museums Liverpool and the University of Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, 13 February 1993, 611.NAT.

JARVIS, Adrian.  The Liverpool Dock Engineers.  Liverpool: National Museums Liverpool, 1996, 611.1.JAR

JARVIS, Adrian & SMITH, Kenneth (ed.).  Albert Dock - Trade and Technology.  Liverpool: National Museums Liverpool, 1999, 710.JAR.

The Port of Liverpool Official Map.  2000, 710.MER/PM

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