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Everton Brow


Everton Brow is one of the highest points in the city of Liverpool and offers great views over the Mersey and Liverpool Bay. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries it was known as "Nob Hill", a place were local dignitaries had houses. It was also a place where ship owners and agents would watch out across the bay for the first sight of their sailing ships returning from all parts of the world with cargoes varied and new.

Just over the brow of the hill Molly Bushel invented the "Everton Toffee" in the back of her cottage in the second half of the eighteenth century. Visitors came from far and near to sample her sweets and take in the views. Later on Everton Football Club came to be nicknamed "The Toffees".

Now all the old housing has been cleared away and the Brow landscaped with a colonnaded pergola atop the hill as a viewing point.

Everton was also one of the last places in the country that the mythical Victorian villain Spring Heeled Jack was seen. way back in 1904.

On Everton Brow, Spring Heeled Jack
Swirled his cloak across his back.
Spring Heeled Jack, his eyes aflame,
Lit the sky in a lightning crack…
Never to be seen again
.

The Liverpool Saga 800 lines for 800 years, written by the people of Liverpool.


Everton Brow


Everton Brow is one of the highest points in the city of Liverpool and offers great views over the Mersey and Liverpool Bay. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries it was known as "Nob Hill", a place were local dignitaries had houses. It was also a place where ship owners and agents would watch out across the bay for the first sight of their sailing ships returning from all parts of the world with cargoes varied and new.

Just over the brow of the hill Molly Bushel invented the "Everton Toffee" in the back of her cottage in the second half of the eighteenth century. Visitors came from far and near to sample her sweets and take in the views. Later on Everton Football Club came to be nicknamed "The Toffees".

Now all the old housing has been cleared away and the Brow landscaped with a colonnaded pergola atop the hill as a viewing point.

Everton was also one of the last places in the country that the mythical Victorian villain Spring Heeled Jack was seen. way back in 1904.

On Everton Brow, Spring Heeled Jack
Swirled his cloak across his back.
Spring Heeled Jack, his eyes aflame,
Lit the sky in a lightning crack…
Never to be seen again
.

The Liverpool Saga 800 lines for 800 years, written by the people of Liverpool.


comments (10)

  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 20 Jan 2008, 00:16
Lovely dramatic shot Les.
Les Auld: Thanks Aussie, appreciate the comment.
  • pixelpixie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Jan 2008, 00:30
Lovely blog Les. I've been doing some family history research and my mind is full of 18th/19th century imagery albeit Staffordshire!
Les Auld: Thanks Jose, glad you like it. I think I could go back to the end of the nineteenth century if I tried, any further would be a bit harder but would like to do it someday.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 20 Jan 2008, 07:27
I really like how you've cropped this, Les, giving a sense of the vastness of this place as it sits on the hill.
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, looking at it again I see what you mean, it seemed smaller to me, perhaps because I know the area.
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 20 Jan 2008, 09:51
its like having history lessons Les with superb imagessmileI remember when they threw toffees into the crowd before the game, dare say they don't do that know.
Les Auld: Don't know about the toffees Tim, probably not in case they get sued for hitting someone with an Everton Toffee. Thanks for the comment.
  • Ann
  • Suc sur Erdre - France
  • 20 Jan 2008, 10:18
Wouaw ! As sayed my daughter when she saw your photo ... I agree with her ...
I love the sky and the B&W especially ... Well done !!!
Les Auld: Your daughter obviously has good taste Ann, thanks for the comment.
magnificent B&W shot Les. Crop, lighting and tones are great here
Les Auld: Thanks richard, glad you like it.
magnificent B&W shot Les. Crop, lighting and tones are great here
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich...grey and dull...again!
  • 20 Jan 2008, 11:49
Another interesting History snippet Les, with a good photo thrown in for good measuresmile
Les Auld: Thanks Bill, I don't think you can beat a side order of history.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 20 Jan 2008, 15:52
Looks great in B&W Les.
Les Auld: I think better than in the original colour, thanks for the comment Dave.
  • Chris Phillips
  • 20 Jan 2008, 18:04
Now that is a splendid & rather dramatic landscape Les: brilliant!
Les Auld: Thanks Chris, appreciate the comment.

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