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The Licensed City: Regulating drink in Liverpool, 1830-1920

David Beckingham


In nineteenth-century Britain few cities could rival Liverpool for recorded drunkenness. Civic pride at Liverpool’s imperial influence was undercut by anxieties about social problems that could all be connected to alcohol, from sectarian unrest and prostitution in the city’s streets to child neglect and excess mortality in its slums. These dangers, heightened in Liverpool by the apparent connections between the drink trade and the city’s civic elite, marked urban living and made alcohol a pressing political issue. As a temperance movement emerged to tackle the dangers of drink, campaigners cha ... More

Keywords: alcohol licensing, drink, drunkenness, liberalism, Liverpool, moral regulation, municipal reputation, public house, temperance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781781383438
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781383438.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Beckingham, author
University of Cambridge