Study of the traditional ports and harbours of the North West has been led by a mixture of developer-funded archaeological work and historic study. Thus, Robinson has provided an overview of trade and shipping along the Cumberland in the 50 years before 1735 (Robinson 2008). An overview of the later development of coastal trade as it affected Carlisle was given by Caron Newman (Newman 2011). At Lancaster (L) excavations behind the 18th century quay revealed the remains of a pottery kiln and its waste tip. Sadly, this creamware manufacture site remains unpublished and more crucially the post-excavation analysis unfinished. The investigation of Liverpool’s (M) river frontage in the 2000s, undertaken ahead of the building Liverpool Museum and the Liverpool One shopping centre have been partially published (Gregory et al 2014). This work revealed details of the port’s expansion in the 18th and 19th centuries. Unfortunately, the excavation work on Liverpool’s first dock, built in the 1700s, and probably Britain’s first wet dock, remains unpublished. In Cheshire a number of reports have appeared concerning the development of Chester’s waterfront and port (Dodd 2011; Hewitson and Scruby 2011, Nash et al 2011, Poole 2011, and Reid 2011). These excavations and building surveys trace the rebuilding of the port of Chester on the Roodee from the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century, recovering evidence for cranes, quayside warehouses and the development of the quay structure itself.