Friday, 27 November 2009

Everton Beacon


do you know if the Everton Beacon was a stucture or building.

John Temple

Everton Beacon (c1220) consisted of a rectangular tower of three storeys.
It was blown down in a storm in 1803. The site is now occupied by St George's Church.


  1. Hello John,

    Ranulf Earl of Chester, who was given control of Liverpool by Henry III, constructed the Beacon around 1230 AD. The Beacon stood for nearly six hundred years, and was used by the sailors of both Liverpool and Chester ports to navigate their way up the estuary.

    Formerly the approach to it was by a road leading eastward from Liverpool. The old village stood at the top of the ascent in what is now Village Street, above the old roundhouse or bridewell, which still remains. About half way up the slope Netherfield Lane turned away to the north, with a branch leading up the hill. From the top of the village the road led north to the summit where the Beacon stood, destroyed by a gale in 1803, and then dividing, down the hill to Kirkdale and to Anfield; and south to Low Hill; this road remains one of the main thoroughfares of Everton, as Heyworth Street and Everton Road. The road from Liverpool after passing through the village divided, the more northerly branch, Breck Lane, to Walton Breck, and the other, which also divided, to Newsham and West Derby.The mere, afterwards called St. Domingo Pit, was below the Beacon, to the east; Mere Lane led down to it.


    Rob Ainsworth
    Programme Secretary/ Web Administrator
    Liverpool History Society

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