- 870 A.D.
Traditional date of first settlement and simple chapel.
Domesday Survey - Kirkby cited as 'Cherchebi'.
Kirkby, part of the 'West Derby Hundred' - population around 70.
- 11-16th C.
Little change to the rural farming community but frequent changes of land ownership.
The Molyneux family complete the purchase of the entire Kirkby manor lands.
Whitefield House (KB168) and nearby Dovecote (KB34) erected.
New Chapel (KB7) built on the site of former ancient building.
Charles William Molyneux created 1st Earl of Sefton.
New Village School (KB31) built.
New Vicarage (KB73) built in Old Hall Lane.
Kirkby Railway station (KB106DUP) opens, part of the Liverpool, Bolton and Bury line.
Waterworks built by St. Helens Corporation completed.
Birth of Robert Atherton (KB9) (Robin o' Bob's), ploughboy poet: known as the Lancashire 'Burns'.
New Parish Church (KB55) of St. Chad consecrated. Ceremony performed by the Lord Bishop of Chester.
Old Chapel taken down.
St. Helens Waterworks (KB186) pumping station built.
Strike by agricultural workers for better pay and shorter hours.
Robert Atherton (Robin o' Bob's) buried at St. Chads.
East Lancashire Road built: dual carriageway linking Liverpool with Manchester.
Royal Ordnance Factory (KB98) built: employing at its peak 20,000 workers.
ROF site bought by Liverpool Corporation with a view to develop a Trading Estate (WFN113).
Kirkby land bought by Liverpool Corporation from Earl of Sefton for housing development.
Liverpool City and Lancashire County officials meet to discuss Kirkby 'New Town'.
Development of new housing in Southdene, Westvale (KB147) and Northwood. The Kirkby Industrial Estate expands to become one of the largest in the country.
Kirkby Urban District Council created.
Kirkby Market (KB92/104) opened.
Census shows population at 52,207. Opening of Westvale Community Centre, Webster's Park, College of Further Education, and the Police Headquarters.
Kirkby Library (KB94/528) opened.
Kirkby Stadium (KB92/166) opened by Rt. Hon. Harold Wilson, M.P.
Building work begins on new Civic Centre (KB334).
Phase I of the Tower Hill Estate (KB242) completed, Phase II begun.
Opening of the Civic Buildings by the Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. J. Harold Wilson, O.B.E., M.P.
Local government re-organisation - Kirkby becomes part of the new Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley (WFN176).
Queen Elizabeth II (KB262) visits Kirkby as part of a tour of Merseyside.
(figures in brackets are reference numbers of photos in the main site)