Where does Jonnie Peacock visit in his episode of WDYTYA?

By Jon Bauckham, 20 August 2018 - 10:22pm

Jonnie Peacock's family history journey took him to Cambridgeshire and Liverpool, with a brief visit to the Lancashire town of Burscough along the way. Find out more about the athlete's Who Do You Think You Are? locations with our free guide

Jonnie Peacock at Liverpool Docks with historian Helen Doe
Historian Dr Helen Doe meets Jonnie Peacock at Liverpool's famous dockyards, where his maternal ancestors worked as a labourers

Burscough FC

Jonnie meets non-league football expert Barry Lenton at Victoria Park, home of Burscough FC. Here, Jonnie learns that his maternal grandfather – Johnnie Roberts – was a prolific goalscorer for the club, as well another local side named St Elizabeth's. Although St Elizabeth's no longer exists, Burscough FC currently ply their trade in the North West Counties League Premier Division.

Liverpool Docks

Accompanied by historian Helen Doe, Jonnie visits Liverpool's famous dockyards to learn more about the experiences of his great grandfather and great great grandfather, who both spent their working lives as labourers. You can find out more about the city's nautical heritage at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), where Jonnie meets up with Dr Nick Beeching to learn about the horrific effects of anthrax, holds important historical archives. Some of the material is held on-site at LSTM's premises on Pembroke Place, but the majority of the records can be found within the University of Liverpool Special Collections. More details can be found here.

Fazakerley Hospital

Before he leaves Merseyside, Jonnie pays a visit to the former Fazakerley Hospital, where his great great grandfather succumbed to anthrax. An interesting article about the history of the hospital can be found at fazakerleyhistory.blogspot.com.


Located south-east of Peterborough, the Cambridgeshire village of Warboys is central to the story of Jonnie's paternal ancestors, Louisa and Millicent Voss. A detailed history of the village can be found here.

The Royal Oak

When Jonnie's 4x great grandmother Louisa Voss was living in Warboys during the mid-19th century, the village pub – The Royal Oak – had its licence revoked following complaints about the nocturnal activities of its patrons. Recently refurbished and boasting a range of food and drink options, today it appears to be a far more respectable institution.

Huntingdon Library and Archives

With help from Dr Samantha Williams, Jonnie learns more about Louisa Voss's difficult early life at Huntingdon Library and Archives, which looks after material relating to the former county of Huntingdonshire. An online catalogue and details of opening hours can be found on the Cambridgeshire County Council website.

St Ives Workhouse

Finally, Jonnie Peacock travels to St Ives Workhouse, where he meets workhouses expert Peter Higginbotham. More details about the history of the institution – which has since been converted to apartments – can be found by visiting the excellent workhouses.org.uk website, which is managed by Peter himself.


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