I have been researching and writing about various aspects of the local history of the Liverpool, Merseyside, S.W.Lancs, Cheshire area for over 30 years. Several works have been published (see links) but there are several papers which remain unseen. Some of this surfaces from time to time as material in local history evening classes which I run at the University of Liverpool Centre for Continuing Education.

However, this site makes the material immediately accessible. You are welcome to download, but please credit this source if you should use it. Thanks! I have always welcomed email correspondence in the past and I do try and reply where can, but the volume has become overwhelming, and I do not wish to offend when I cannot reply.

Queen Elizabeth II - R.I.P.

When Mike Met the Queen

In 1991, to celebrate the bi-centennial celebration of the oldest school of its kind in the world, the Queen was invited to visit the School in the anniversary year. Mike was asked to prepare an exhibition on the history of the School, using displays, archives and artefacts. Mike spent 10 minutes talking to the Queen, who was later presented with a special leather bound copy of his book as a momento of her visit.

Everton F.C. Heritage

As a member of EFC Heritage Society, Mike Royden has written several articles about the club's history, including matchday programme articles and the WW1/WW2 Player's Remembrance Booklet.

Articles by Mike Royden

Collected articles and papers researched and written by Mike Royden, mainly covering the Liverpool, Merseyside, S.W.Lancs, and Cheshire area. Includes extended and illustrated versions of shorter published articles.

First World War

Articles relating to the Home Front and battlefield experience, including numerous soldier's biographies from various war memorial projects.

Second World War

Articles relating to the Home Front across Merseyside, Wirral and Chester, including the Blitz, evacuation and other wartime experiences.


History papers submitted on past degree accredited courses at the University of Liverpool Centre for Continuing Education (Tutor: Mike Royden)


Articles and papers researched and written by various contributors. (If you would like your work to appear here please submit by email. All work gratefully received.)

Everton FC Heritage Pages

Articles, Galleries, Hall of Fame, plus the work of EFC Heritage Society

Great British Cities: Liverpool (1840 -1947)

(Historical Notes on the Historical Map of Liverpool 1850-51 by Mike Royden)
An excellent boxed set of Liverpool historical maps covering; Old Series (1840-43), Revised New Series (1902-03), Popular Edition (1923-24), New Popular Edition (1947) and the County Series 1:10,000 (1850-51). As consultant on the coverage and selection of the maps, I wrote the historical notes for the County Series 1:10,000 (1850-51). This map covers Liverpool from Bootle Castle in the north to Otterspool in the south, detailed enough to have all street names recorded throughout.

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