By now there would likely have been turf on the fens for fuel and building, the nearby Toxteth area was heavily forested, and had plenty of animals to eat. We know due to the location there were numerous streams for fresh water, from Everton and the Tue Brook to the runoffs from the Moss Lake and higher ground. We don’t know when the Moss Lake brook itself was formed but there’s no reason not to think the water running down the hill had been there for hundreds or thousands of years. And the high ground at the top of the hill might give wonderful views, possibly not the top priority in the Bronze age, but would have given commanding views of the river, of the coast, of the weather and of boats travelling in or out of the Mersey. In short, it would have been surprising if the area hadn’t been used by the indigenous population, even if their actual settlements had been walking distance away in Everton, West Derby or Smithdown, which is where our earliest paper records put them by the time of the Domesday Book some two thousand years later.
We get a bit more exciting again in the next posts :-)