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Albert James has been involved in many campaigns via our sister website, Maelstrom.


Over the course of 10 years, we have taken hundreds of thousands of hits on our website and welcomed people from all over the globe. We have provided Campaign Management to local projects such as the saving  of a proposed Church demolition, to highlighting the well known Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre.


We have also provided local history on projects in the North West, featured in the local and national press, been on local and national TV, and had some great fun along the way!  We aim to put your campaign or website on the map. We can advise on campaign management, website design and optimising your Facebook group.


Contact us on the above menu for further information. Our time and advice is free and we are happy to help.



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Maelstrom started back in 2006 where the Proprietor, Jonathon Wild, has grouped together several historical websites based in and around Liverpool.


These websites have ranged from local historical interest, where detailed research has taken place, assisting in the production of a hardbacked book based on Liverpool in World War 2, and the Proprietor has appeared on national TV speaking on the history of a well-known Liverpool landmark.


Further to this, we are expanding with new content, and are researching on several new projects to highlight their historical importance in the area. There are many areas that are yet to tell their story and their history in time, and we are looking to bring them to light.


We inspire, enable and encourage people to get involved with local history, whether in the classroom, at college, in the library or at home. We believe the study of history should be accessible to all people at all levels of study.


The hard-fought campaign to save the grand Victorian houses on Edge Lane, and the community that existed there, in the roads adjoining Edge Lane and Edge Hill.


Elizabeth Pascoe who famously fought to the bitter end to remain in her Liverpool home in the face of Edge Lane's redevelopment has said she will never get over her eviction.


Almost two years ago Elizabeth Pascoe was forced to leave her home in Adderley Street to make way for the widening Edge Lane.


It has involved pulling down more than 370 Victorian houses for a boulevard-style highway, new houses, a community hub and health centre.


Mrs Pascoe admits that she has good neighbours and her new home is pleasant - it is just not the same.



The building at 86-90 Duke Street, Liverpool, is a row of merchants’ terraced townhouses built from the 1770’s. However the council recently gave planning permission to demolish this building to build an office block. The building was also the Royal Mersey Yacht Club HQ from 1852 until 1862.


Dr Gavin Stamp, former 20th Century Society chairman and a prolific writer and broadcaster, said he despaired over Liverpool council’s attitude to its historic buildings. “The Georgian houses and warehouses in Duke Street are important as they date from when Liverpool was rising to greatness. They are precious:, they should be preserved.”


Liverpool was granted World Heritage Site status in 2004 as a prime example of the maritime mercantile city, as it bears witness to development of one of the world’s major trading centres in the 18th and 19th centuries.


Dr Stamp said: “That’s precisely why these buildings in Duke Street should be preserved.


The History of Childwall has been noted in many books, sources, publications, and also websites. With its stunning views of the surrounding hillside, and its historical buildings, Childwall has always been favoured towards its location and surrounding history.


This website, however, has been designed because of a new threat to the 'village' area, and to highlight Planning applications which will spoil views of the surrounding areas as well as abandon hundreds of years of history within the graveyard. It also presents the possible digging up of over 100 grave plots within the Church Graveyard. We have put this site together to highlight the below.


-To highlight the Planning Application to build an extension on the Church with the possible loss of over 100 grave plots, the loss of the Plumbe's Chapel inside the Church, and the destruction of box pews inside the Church.




Sandfield Tower is a 3 level Grade II listed building in the south of Liverpool, set back from the main road and lost in time compared to the neighbouring houses.  Now derelict and fire damaged throughout most of the building, it is left to the mercy of the weather  and elements from many of the open windows and part missing roof.


Both English Heritage and Liverpool City Council are aware of the the current state of the building and naturally, people from Liverpool will have seen the 'Stop the Rot' campaign which has been featured in the Liverpool Echo on many occasions. In 2001, the City Council employed a Buildings at Risk Officer to tackle the problem of delapidated listed buildings.


Properties have been identified and prioritised for action. Money has been provided by the City Council and Northwest Development Agency to enable the Buildings at Risk Officer to use the statutory powers available.  As a priority building, Sandfield Tower has been subject to such measures. We can only hope that this building is saved and returned to its former glory, standing at the entrance to Sandfield Park. Today, Sandfield Tower stands there unloved.