History of the River

The story of the riverside is a fascinating one. Mike Royden’s Local History Pages is a website well worth visiting to learn about the history of Otterspool.

Construction of the Otterspool Promedade wall started in September 1929 and was completed in 1932. The Riverside Promenade was opened to the public on the 7th of July 1950 (Old Photos copyright Liverpool Record Office, Liverpool Libraries).

A theme that seems to run through the history of the area is that of great ideas, many of which never see the light of day. Here is a sketch of the completed Promenade at Otterspool, showing proposals for a showground, staduim and golf course. The date 1948!

The Liverpool Record Office have many old photos of the area. Look for the Online Catalogue link and type “Otterspool” in the AnyText” box. I intend to copy some of them to the Gallery

Otterspool Prom. 22/05/1950

Official Opening Day, Otterspool Prom. 07/07/1950. A photograph of the opening day of the Otterpool Prom. The Lord Mayor and Mayoress are walking along the prom with a number of dignitaries walking behind them.

07/07/1950. A photograph of opening scenes at Otterspool Prom. Crowds of people are walking along the promenade next to the River Mersey.


  1. John says:

    I wonder where the foot path led to when it left Otterpool prom. See pic of the Mayor etc, where are they going? What are they walking towards?

    I recently bought a Liverpool history DVD (filmed in 1956/7) and it showed the dedication stone for Otterpool prom.

  2. admin says:

    I think they are walking towards the dedication stone. It is still pretty much the same now as it was then. It leads up to the small road that goes along the top.


  3. Kendodsdadsdogsdead says:

    Liverpool, how have you kept Otterspool Prom a secret. I’m a Manchester cyclist who just can’t wait to do ride along the Prom to Albert Dock.

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