• LOCATION 6 | Liverpool History and Culture: From the Past to the Present

    Whitechapel: the ancient pool and Liverpool's name

    Please stay on the left hand side of Whitechapel.

    If you were walking here around 310 years ago you would be on the edge of the town and wading through water, because this was the spot in which the town's ancient pool tapered off. Although known as the pool, the body of water was more of an inlet. Flowing from where you are now, it widened for about a half mile before turning right and entering the River Mersey. It is the word pool though which provides us with one half of Liverpool's name. The origin of first part Liver, is, however largely unknown. Historians believe it probably comes from one of the largely unused ancient languages such as old English or Anglo Saxon. For example words which mean muddy, dirty or dark. Any of these could well be the correct interpretation, but unfortunately we will never now know.

    So what happened to the pool? I'll reveal the answer to that question at our next meeting point.

    Keep walking toward the pedestrian crossing.

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Liverpool History and Culture: From the Past to the Present