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Southport
Southport
(/ˈsaʊθpɔːrt/) is a large seaside town in Merseyside, England. At the 2001 census, it had a population of 90,336, making it the eleventh most populous settlement in North West England.[4] Southport
Southport
lies on the Irish Sea
Irish Sea
coast and is fringed to the north by the Ribble estuary. The town is 16.7 miles (26.9 km) north of Liverpool
Liverpool
and 14.8 miles (23.8 km) southwest of Preston. Historically part of Lancashire, the town was founded in 1792 when William Sutton, an innkeeper from Churchtown, built a bathing house at what is now the south end of Lord Street.[5] At that time, the area, known as South Hawes, was sparsely populated and dominated by sand dunes. At the turn of the 19th century, the area became popular with tourists due to the easy access from the nearby Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The rapid growth of Southport
Southport
largely coincided with the Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
and the Victorian era. Town attractions include Southport Pier
Southport Pier
with its Southport Pier
Southport Pier
Tramway, the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isles[6] and Lord Street, an elegant tree-lined shopping street, once home of Napoleon III of France.[7] Extensive sand dunes stretch for several miles between Birkdale
Birkdale
and Woodvale to the south of the town. The Ainsdale
Ainsdale
sand dunes have been designated as a national nature reserve and a Ramsar site. Local fauna include the Natterjack toad
Natterjack toad
and the Sand lizard.[8][9] The town contains examples of Victorian architecture
Victorian architecture
and town planning, on Lord Street and elsewhere. A particular feature of the town is the extensive tree planting. This was one of the conditions required by the Hesketh family when they made land available for development in the 19th century. Hesketh Park at the northern end of the town is named after them, having been built on land donated by Rev. Charles Hesketh.[10] Southport
Southport
today is still one of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK. It hosts various events, including an annual air show on and over the beach,[11] and the largest independent flower show in the UK, in Victoria Park. The town is at the centre of England's Golf Coast[12] and has hosted the Open Championship
Open Championship
at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Earliest settlements 1.2 Early history 1.3 19th century 1.4 20th century

2 Governance

2.1 Lancashire 2.2 Merseyside 2.3 Sefton

3 Geography 4 Demography 5 Economy

5.1 Tourism 5.2 Annual events 5.3 Business 5.4 England's Golf Coast

6 Landmarks

6.1 Architecture

7 Transport

7.1 Road 7.2 Bus 7.3 Rail 7.4 Walking and cycling

8 Education

8.1 Independent schools 8.2 Further education

9 Sports

9.1 Football 9.2 Rugby 9.3 Golf 9.4 Kite surfing 9.5 Speed record 9.6 Water 9.7 Cycling

10 Notable people 11 Famous animals and entities 12 Media

12.1 Newspapers 12.2 Broadcasting

13 See also 14 References 15 Further reading 16 External links

History[edit] Earliest settlements[edit] There have been settlements in the area now comprising Southport
Southport
since the Domesday Book, and some parts of the town have names of Viking origin.[13] The earliest recorded human activity in the region was during the Middle Stone Age, when mesolithic hunter gatherers were attracted by the abundant red deer and elk population, as well as the availability of fish, shellfish and woodland. Roman coins have been found at Halsall
Halsall
Moss and Crossens,[14] although the Romans never settled southwest Lancashire. The first real evidence of an early settlement here is in the Domesday Book, in which the area is called Otergimele. The name is derived from Oddrgrimir meaning the son of Grimm and is linked to the Old Norse word melr meaning sandbank. The Domesday Book
Domesday Book
states that there were 50 huts in Otergimele, housing a population of 200. The population was scattered thinly across the region and it was at the northeast end of Otergimele (present day Crossens), where blown sand gave way to alluvial deposits from the River Ribble
River Ribble
estuary, that a small concentration of people occurred. The alluvium provided fertile agricultural land and the river itself stocks of fish. It was here, it seems, that a primitive church was built, which gave the emerging village its name of Churchtown, the parish being North Meols (pronounced "meals", not "mells"). A church called St Cuthbert's is still at the centre of Churchtown. With a booming fishing industry, the area grew slowly and hamlets became part of the parish of North Meols. From south to north, these villages were South Hawes, Haweside, Little London, Higher Blowick, Lower Blowick, Rowe-Lane, Churchtown, Marshside, Crossens, and Banks.[15] As well as Churchtown, there were vicarages in Crossens
Crossens
and Banks. Parts of the parish were almost completely surrounded by water until 1692 when Thomas Fleetwood of Bank Hall
Bank Hall
cut a channel to drain Martin Mere to the sea.[16] From this point on, attempts at large-scale drainage of Martin Mere
Martin Mere
and other marshland continued until the 19th century, since when the water has been pumped away. This left behind a legacy of fine agricultural soil and created a booming farming industry. Early history[edit]

Plaque dedicated to William Sutton, on the corner of Duke Street

In the late 18th century, it was becoming fashionable for the well-to-do to relinquish inland spa towns and visit the seaside to bathe in the salt sea waters. At that time, doctors recommended bathing in the sea to help cure aches and pains. In 1792, William Sutton, the landlord of the Black Bull Inn in Churchtown (now the Hesketh Arms) and known to locals as "The Old Duke", realised the importance of the newly created canal systems across the UK and set up a bathing house in the virtually uninhabited dunes at South Hawes by the seaside just four miles (6 km) away from the newly constructed Leeds and Liverpool
Liverpool
Canal and two miles southwest of Churchtown. When a widow from Wigan
Wigan
built a cottage nearby in 1797 for seasonal lodgers, Sutton quickly built a new inn on the site of the bathing house which he called the South Port Hotel, moving to live there the following season.[17] The locals thought him mad and referred to the building as the Duke's Folly, but Sutton arranged transport links from the canal that ran through Scarisbrick, four miles from the hotel, and trade was remarkably good. The hotel survived until 1854, when it was demolished to make way for traffic at the end of Lord Street, but its presence and the impact of its founder are marked by a plaque in the vicinity, by the name of one street at the intersection, namely Duke Street,[5] and by a hotel on Duke Street which bears the legacy name of Dukes Folly Hotel. 19th century[edit]

"Municipal buildings, Southport, England", ca. 1890 - 1900.

Southport
Southport
grew quickly in the 19th century as it gained a reputation for being a more refined seaside resort than its neighbour-up-the-coast Blackpool. In fact Southport
Southport
had a head start compared to all the other places on the Lancashire
Lancashire
coast because it had easy access to the canal system. Other seaside bathing areas couldn't really get going until the railways were built some years later. The Leeds and Liverpool
Liverpool
canal brought people from Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton and Wigan
Wigan
amongst others. By 1820 Southport
Southport
had over 20,000 visitors per year.

Southport Pier
Southport Pier
is a Grade II listed structure. At 3,650 feet (1,110 m), it is the second longest in Great Britain.

Southport Pier
Southport Pier
is referred to as the first true "pleasure pier", being one of the earliest pier structures to be erected using iron. A design from James Brunlees was approved at a cost of £8,700 and on 4 August 1859 a large crowd witnessed the driving home of the first support pile. The opening of the pier was celebrated on 2 August 1860.[18] Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte lived in exile on Lord Street,[19] the main thoroughfare of Southport, between 1846 and 1848, before returning to France to become President and subsequently Emperor of the French. During his reign, he caused much of the medieval centre of Paris to be replaced with broad tree-lined boulevards, covered walkways and arcades, just like Lord Street. On the strength of this coincidence, it has been suggested that the redevelopment may have been inspired by memories of Southport's town centre.[20]

Memorial to the crew of the Eliza Fernley lifeboat, in Duke Street Cemetery

On the night of 9 December 1886, the worst lifeboat disaster in the history of the UK occurred off the shores of Southport. A cargo ship called the Mexico[21] was on its way to South America when it found itself in difficulty. Lifeboats from Lytham, St. Annes
St. Annes
and Southport set off to try to rescue those aboard the vessel. The crews battled against storm-force winds as they rowed towards the casualty. The entire crew from the St. Anne's boat was lost and all but two of the Southport
Southport
crew were too. In all, 28 lifeboatmen lost their lives on that night, leaving many widows and fatherless children. A memorial was erected in Duke Street Cemetery and a permanent exhibition used to be on display in the Museum of the Botanic Gardens (now closed) in Churchtown. There is also a memorial inside the Lifeboat house, now operated by the Southport
Southport
Offshore Rescue Trust. Mexico was just one of many shipwrecks in the Southport
Southport
area. 20th century[edit] From 1894 to 1912 Birkdale
Birkdale
and the adjoining village of Ainsdale
Ainsdale
were separate from Southport
Southport
and administered by Birkdale
Birkdale
Urban District Council before becoming part of the county borough of Southport
Southport
in 1912. This was a huge expansion of the town. In 1925, the RNLI abandoned the station at Southport
Southport
and left the town with no lifeboat. In the late 1980s, after a series of tragedies, local families from Southport
Southport
started to raise funds and bought a new lifeboat for the town stationed at the old RNLI lifeboat house.[22] The lifeboat, operated by the Southport
Southport
Offshore Rescue Trust, is completely independent from the RNLI and receives no money from them. Instead it relies entirely on donations from the general public. On 21 March 1926, Henry Seagrave
Henry Seagrave
set the land speed record in his 4-litre Sunbeam Tiger Ladybird on the sands at Southport
Southport
at 152.33 mph (245.15 km/h). This record lasted for just over a month, until broken by J.G. Parry-Thomas. Governance[edit] Politically, the constituency of Southport
Southport
has been a key battleground between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. In recent years Southport
Southport
has been a stronghold of the Liberal Democrats with John Pugh, holding the seat for 16 years until his retirement in the 2017 General election when the conservatives took the seat and the Liberal Democrats candidate Sue McGuire fell into third place. The incumbent Member of Parliament is Damien Moore
Damien Moore
who holds a majority of 2914. Lancashire[edit] Southport
Southport
is located within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire, and was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1866. It became a county borough independent of the administrative county of Lancashire
Lancashire
in 1915, having reached the minimum 50,000 population (the 1911 census gave a figure of 51,643). The Birkdale
Birkdale
Urban District, including the parishes of Birkdale
Birkdale
and Ainsdale
Ainsdale
was added to Southport in 1912. Merseyside[edit] Under the 1971 Local Government White Paper, presented in February 1971, Southport
Southport
would have lost its county borough status, becoming a non-metropolitan district within Lancashire. Rather than accept this fate and lose its separate education and social services departments, Southport
Southport
Corporation lobbied for inclusion in the nearby planned metropolitan county of Merseyside, to join with Bootle
Bootle
and other units to form a district with the 250,000 required population. It was duly included in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.[23] This decision has been regretted by some of the population. A recurring local political issue has been the cross-party movement campaigning for Southport
Southport
to leave Sefton and form its own unitary authority, perhaps adjoined to the neighbouring West Lancashire authority. Support for this has been seen amongst Liberal Democrat councillors,[24] and also within the Southport
Southport
Conservative Party.[25] A Southport
Southport
born man Kevin Laroux Wood stood in the parliamentary election for the Southport
Southport
Constituency on 9 June 1983. He was supported by a team of like minded people who raised the funds needed and formed the " Southport
Southport
Back in Lancashire
Lancashire
Party". Posters were distributed and articles published in the Visiter newspaper. Although he was not elected as MP, it put the issue firmly on the local agenda which continues to this day. In the same period in 1980, a Private Member's Bill proposed restoring Southport
Southport
to Lancashire, and renaming the residue of Sefton to the Metropolitan Borough of Bootle. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England
England
conducted a review of the area in 1987, which attracted 10,000 messages, of which "70% were pro forma". In 1990 the LGBC made suggestions that Southport, Ainsdale
Ainsdale
and Birkdale
Birkdale
should be made a district of Lancashire: the final recommendations in 1991 "concluded that public opinion was more evenly divided than initially thought", and also that eastward transport links with Lancashire
Lancashire
were poor compared to those southward to the Liverpool
Liverpool
area. Sefton[edit] The government again directed the Local Government Commission for England
England
to make a review in December 1996 (after it had finished the work on the creation of unitary authorities), commencing in January 1997. This review was constrained by the legal inability of the commission to recommend that the current Sefton-West Lancashire
Lancashire
border be altered. In a MORI poll conducted at the behest of the LGCE, 65% of Southport
Southport
residents supported the campaign, compared to 37% in the borough as a whole. Local MPs Matthew Banks and Ronnie Fearn (MPs for Southport
Southport
at various times) supported making Southport
Southport
a unitary authority, with Banks wishing to see it tied to Lancashire ceremonially, but Fearn wishing to see it remain, as a separate borough, in Merseyside. The commission noted that Southport
Southport
would have a relatively low population for a unitary authority, even including Formby
Formby
(89,300 or 114,700), and that it was worried about the viability of a south Sefton authority without Southport, and therefore recommended the status quo be kept. The commission suggested the use of area committees for the various parts of the borough and also that Southport
Southport
could become a civil parish.[26] Another request made in 2004 was turned down, the Electoral Commission must request such a review. In 2002, a local independent party calling themselves the Southport Party was established, with many members supporting a policy of " Southport
Southport
out of Sefton." Three council seats were won in the 2002 local elections, including that of the leader of Sefton Council, Liberal Democrat Councillor, David Bamber. At the following election there were no gains and a drop in the number of votes for the party. At the all out election in 2004, one of their councillors stood down, whilst the other two lost their seats. To date, there have been no further moves to change Sefton's boundaries, but the Boundary Commission indicated in 2004 that a future review is possible.[27] Geography[edit] At 53°38′43.44″N 3°0′29.88″W / 53.6454000°N 3.0083000°W / 53.6454000; -3.0083000 the town is situated in North West England. The closest cities are Preston approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the north east and Liverpool
Liverpool
approximately 27 kilometres (17 mi) to the south. Existing on the West Lancashire
Lancashire
Coastal Plain, most of the town is only slightly above sea-level and thus parts of Southport
Southport
used to be susceptible to flooding. This would be most frequently noticed on Southport's Marine Drive, which was regularly closed due to flooding from high tides. But in February 1997, new sea defences started being constructed and in 2002 the whole project was completed.[28] Southport
Southport
has a maritime climate like most of the UK. Due to its position by the coast, Southport
Southport
rarely sees substantial snowfall and temperatures rarely fall below −5 °C (23 °F) so it doesn't have frequent frosts. Southport
Southport
generally has moderate precipitation, unlike the rest of western UK.[29] The coast-to-coast Trans Pennine Trail
Trans Pennine Trail
(TPT) stretches the breadth of northern England
England
– 215 miles (345 km) from Southport
Southport
in the west to Hornsea
Hornsea
in the east. The TPT is an exciting route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders linking the North and Irish seas and passing through the Pennines. Its route takes you alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England. You can follow historic railways and canals and follow in the footsteps of packhorse traders on ancient salt routes.

Places adjacent to Southport

Irish Sea Ribble Estuary, Blackpool Banks, Preston

Irish Sea

Southport

Mere Brow, Holmeswood

Formby Halsall, Shirdley Hill, Liverpool Scarisbrick, Ormskirk

Demography[edit] The United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Census 2001 showed a total resident population for Southport
Southport
of 90,336.[30] Approximately 19,000 were aged 16 or under, 60,000 were aged 16–74, and 10,000 aged 75 and over.[31] According to the 2001 census, 96% of Southport's population claim they have been born in the UK. Historically the population of Southport
Southport
began to rapidly increase during the Industrial Revolution
Industrial Revolution
and the Victorian era. From then the population has been stable with minor decline in some areas of the town. Southport
Southport
is quite affluent compared with other parts of the north west. People from Southport
Southport
are known as "Sandgrounders", although there is debate about what is sufficient to qualify for that name.

Population growth in Southport
Southport
between 1901–2011

Year Population ±%

1901 48,083 —    

1911 51,643 +7.4%

1921 76,621 +48.4%

Year Population ±%

1931 78,925 +3.0%

1939 91,240 +15.6%

1951 84,039 −7.9%

Year Population ±%

1961 82,004 −2.4%

2001 91,400 +11.5%

2011 91,703 +0.3%

Source: Southport
Southport
- A Vision of Britain, City Population - Southport & [32]

Economy[edit] Tourism[edit] As a seaside town Southport
Southport
has a long history of leisure and recreation and is still heavily dependent on tourism. The town went into decline when cheap air travel arrived in the 1960s and people chose to holiday abroad due to competitive prices and more reliable weather.[33] However, the town kept afloat with people coming to spend the day by the seaside on bank holidays and weekends. The town has diversified with annual events, shopping and conferences. In 2011 Southport
Southport
was named the 14th most popular coastal resort in the country, benefiting from a 23% rise in money spent in the resort in that year.[34] Part of the resort's progress is a result of the money invested in Southport
Southport
over recent years.[citation needed] Annual events[edit]

The Red Arrows
Red Arrows
at Southport Airshow
Southport Airshow
in 2009

Southport
Southport
Airshow[35] The north west's biggest airshow held in the summer. Southport
Southport
Flower Show[36] The UK's largest independent flowershow. British Musical Fireworks Championships[37] Woodvale Rally [38] Scooter Rally at Pontins Southport Southport
Southport
International Jazz Festival[39] Southport
Southport
Food and Drink Festival[40][41] Southport
Southport
Weekender[42] Southport
Southport
Rocks[43] Southport
Southport
24 Hour Race[44] A Sailing race that sees boats racing continuously for 24 Hours even in extreme weather conditions. Entries have included Olympic gold medalists[45] and teams from Eire, France and even the USA and Australia. It is regarded as one of the hardest endurance races in the world.[46][47] Tidy Boys IDEAL Weekender[48]

Business[edit] While Southport
Southport
has a dependence on tourism the town is also home to many businesses both in the private and public sector. Some manufacturing facilities were situated in the town, most notably Chewits
Chewits
were manufactured in the town from 1965 to 2006, only closing to move production to Slovakia. Manufacturing has diminished in the last few decades and only a few sites are still in production in the town today. Lord Street is the main shopping street of Southport. It is one of the great shopping streets of Northern England
England
and is said to be the inspiration for the tree-lined boulevards of Paris.[citation needed] In the 2000s Chapel Street was pedestrianised and is home to some of the UK's most famous brands.[49] Southport
Southport
also has a newly renovated indoor market situated on King Street and Market Street[50][51] as well as a farmers' market held on the last Thursday of every month on Chapel Street.[52] Southport
Southport
is used for conferences at the Southport
Southport
Theatre & Convention Centre.[53] It has hosted the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
Independence Party national conference as well as the regional Labour Party conference. The Liberal Democrats held their federal Spring conference here in March 2018. England's Golf Coast[edit] Southport
Southport
is often called England's Golfing Capital because it is at the centre of England's Golf Coast and has the UK's highest concentration of championship links courses.[54] Royal Birkdale
Birkdale
Golf Club is one of the clubs in the Open Championship
Open Championship
rotation for both men and women. The club has hosted the men's championship ten times since 1954, most recently in July 2017, and has hosted the women's tournament five times, including 2010.[55] Southport's other courses include the 9-hole Southport
Southport
Old Links in High Park, the Hesketh Golf Club, Hillside Golf Club
Hillside Golf Club
and Southport
Southport
and Ainsdale
Ainsdale
Golf Club. Landmarks[edit]

See also Listed buildings in Southport

Pleasureland in 2005.

One of Southport's main attractions for many years was Pleasureland, a fairground established in 1912. It was owned by the Thompson Family, and was closed in September 2006. A replacement fairground on the same site, provisionally named New Pleasureland,[56] opened in July 2007.[57] An earlier permanent funfair, Peter Pan's Playground, closed in the 1980s and is now the site of part of the Ocean Plaza shopping development. A former landmark of Pleasureland was the Looping Star roller coaster, which was on site from 1985 to 1987. It featured in the video for the pop single Wonderful Life, by Liverpool
Liverpool
band Black, which was also shot at other parts of the Sefton and North West coastline.[58][59] On 24 April 2009 a serious fire occurred at the oldest attraction within New Pleasureland. Called The River Caves, it was completely destroyed in this arson attack, and a 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the fire.[60][61] Southport Model Railway Village
Southport Model Railway Village
is situated in Kings Gardens opposite the Royal Clifton Hotel and near the Marine Lake Bridge. The Model Railway Village opened in May 1996 and was created by Ray and Jean Jones. The Jones family still run the attraction today. The Model Railway Village season extends from April to the end of October. The season has extended into weekend openings during November, February and March, weather permitting.[62] An earlier model village, the Land of the Little People, was demolished in the late 1980s to make way for the aborted Winter Gardens/SIBEC shopping development. Its site is now occupied by a Morrison's supermarket. Other major attractions in Southport
Southport
include Splash World, an indoor water park situated on the back of the Dunes swimming pool which opened in June 2007.[63] Meols Hall,[64] a manor house, home of the Hesketh family is open to the public for a limited period each year. Set in its own expansive grounds, it boasts a history back to the Domesday Book
Domesday Book
and is full of interesting pictures and furniture. Southport
Southport
also boasts one of the few lawnmower museums.[65] The Power Station, that was the base of the town's former radio station Dune FM, on the edge of Victoria Park, which itself is home to the Southport
Southport
Flower Show.[66] Architecture[edit] Southport
Southport
has many unique buildings and features, many of which are privately owned Victorian villas and houses and the town centre shops are of architectural interest. The most notable buildings, gardens and places of architectural interest are:

Scarisbrick
Scarisbrick
Hotel on Lord Street

Rosefield Hall, one of Southport's Victorian mansions, while being restored in 2007.

Lakeside Miniature Railway Southport Pier
Southport Pier
(formerly home of the Southport Pier
Southport Pier
Tramway) Marine Way Bridge Lord Street Southport
Southport
Model Railway Village Southport
Southport
Town Gardens Kings Gardens Wellington Terrace, Lord Street Promenade Hospital (Renovated as luxury flats and renamed Marine Gate Mansions) Ribble Building, built as a railway station then adapted for use as a bus station, part of the site was redeveloped as a supermarket and the remainder converted to a hotel and 24hr Gym) Scarisbrick
Scarisbrick
Hotel Smedley Hydro
Smedley Hydro
(A former Victorian Hydropathic Health Spa, now under ownership of the Home Office for the UK's Birth, Deaths and Marriages) Botanic Gardens (was home of only local history museum in Southport – that was closed by Sefton Council in 2011) Hesketh Park Park Crescent, Hesketh Park No.29 has one of the oldest existing residential garages in the UK dating from about 1899, although both house and garage have been converted to flats.[67] Kew Gardens ( Southport
Southport
District General Hospital now occupies most of the site) Meols Hall Round House Wayfarers Arcade Atkinson Art Gallery & Library Arts Centre & Town Hall St Cuthbert's Church St George's United Reformed Church, Lord Street

St George's United Reformed Church, Lord St

Emmanuel Parish Church, Cambridge Road, which has an organ, installed in 1914, built by Harrisons of Durham[68] Holy Trinity Church. The church was founded before 1898.[69] Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
Statue – originally moved from the Town Hall Gardens to Neville Street junction to the Promenade and again to the pedestrianised side of Neville Street.

Statue of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
on Neville Street

Also of architectural interest, but not extant, are:

Cannon Cinema (Lord Street)-(demolished and replaced with the Vincent Hotel that opened in 2008) Kingsway Night Club (demolished in 2010 following an arson attack) Open Air Baths (demolished 1990s, South Ocean Plaza complex now occupies the site) Steamport Museum (housed inside the former 27C locomotive shed, demolished in late 2000) site now occupied by Central 12 shopping complex. Palace Hotel, Birkdale
Birkdale
(a large Victorian hotel, demolished in 1969) Southport General Infirmary
Southport General Infirmary
(demolished in 2008–09 with only a wing of the infirmary remaining as it is being used for mental health services)

Transport[edit] Road[edit] Due to its position by the coast, Southport
Southport
is a linear settlement and as such can only be approached in a limited number of directions by road. The main roads entering Southport
Southport
are:-

A565 (from Preston to the northeast, from the A59 Liverpool
Liverpool
– Preston – York), A570 (from Ormskirk
Ormskirk
and St Helens to the southeast), A565 (from Liverpool
Liverpool
and Formby
Formby
to the south).

There is no direct connection to the motorway from Southport; the nearest connections are:

from the east – junction 3 of the M58 (on the A570, twelve miles) from the south – junction 7 of the M57 (on the A565, fourteen miles) from the north – junction 1 of the M65 / junction 29 of the M6 (on the A582/A59, nineteen miles)

Marine Way Bridge

An east-west bypass for the A570 at Ormskirk
Ormskirk
is planned to relieve congestion on Southport's main access route to the motorway network, although the effectiveness of the proposals are still under debate.[70] Several areas within Southport
Southport
town centre have recently undergone major road redevelopment; the largest scheme was the construction of the Marine Way Bridge (opened May 2004), which connects the Lord Street shopping district with the new seafront developments. The 150-foot (46 m) high structure is thought to have cost in the region of £5 million.[71] Also one of the main shopping areas in the town, Chapel Street, has undergone a pedestrianisation scheme to be similar to parts of Liverpool
Liverpool
city centre.

Bus[edit] Due to the limited number of directions by road, many of the services operated in Southport
Southport
are from one place South to one place North or East of Southport. The main operator is Arriva North West, that operates many services to Liverpool, Ormskirk
Ormskirk
and other places to and through Southport
Southport
as well as some local services. Stagecoach in Preston
Stagecoach in Preston
operates a service in Southport, the X2 (Preston – Southport
Southport
- Liverpool) Rail[edit]

Southport
Southport
railway station

Southport

Birkdale
Birkdale
Palace

Ash Street

Central

Eastbank Street

London
London
Street

Lord Street

St Luke's

Railway station Site of former railway station

Southport

Birkdale

Meols Cop

Ainsdale

Hillside

Birkdale
Birkdale
Palace

Blowick

Butts Lane Halt

Churchtown

Crossens

Hesketh Park

Kew Gardens

Ainsdale
Ainsdale
Beach

Heathey Lane Halt

Shirdley Hill

New Cut Lane Halt

Halsall

Banks

Woodvale

Railway station Site of former railway station

Southport railway station
Southport railway station
has a frequent service of trains to Liverpool
Liverpool
and a regular service to Wigan, Bolton, Manchester
Manchester
and Manchester
Manchester
Airport. In addition, there are stations at Birkdale, Hillside and Ainsdale
Ainsdale
on the Liverpool
Liverpool
line, part of the Merseyrail network, and at Meols Cop
Meols Cop
on the Manchester
Manchester
line. The Liverpool
Liverpool
line was originally built by the Liverpool, Crosby and Southport
Southport
Railway in 1848, to a terminus at Eastbank Street. It was followed on 9 April 1855 by the Manchester and Southport Railway with a line to Manchester
Manchester
via Wigan, with stations at St Luke's and Blowick. Formerly, Southport
Southport
was also served by three further railway lines:-

From 1882, the West Lancashire
Lancashire
Railway operated from Southport
Southport
Derby Road station (also known as Southport
Southport
Central) to Preston Fishergate Hill. It had stations in Southport
Southport
at Ash Street, St Luke's, Hesketh Park, Churchtown and Crossens. This line was shut in 1964, and nowadays, Southport
Southport
and Preston are linked only by the (largely dual-carriageway) A565 and A59 roads. In 1884, another line from Southport
Southport
to Liverpool
Liverpool
was opened:- the Cheshire
Cheshire
Lines Committee's Southport
Southport
& Cheshire
Cheshire
Lines Extension Railway extended the CLC's North Liverpool
Liverpool
Extension Line from Liverpool
Liverpool
Central to Southport
Southport
Lord Street. It had stations in Southport
Southport
at Birkdale
Birkdale
Palace and Ainsdale
Ainsdale
Beach. The West Lancashire
Lancashire
Railway sponsored the Liverpool, Southport
Southport
and Preston Junction Railway to provide a connection to the CLC line, joining it at Altcar and Hillhouse.[72] It had stations in Southport at Butts Lane and Kew Gardens. These lines ultimately proved uncompetitive, and the Southport
Southport
services were withdrawn in 1952.

In July 1897, both the West Lancashire
Lancashire
and the Liverpool, Southport and Preston Junction Railways were absorbed into the Lancashire
Lancashire
and Yorkshire Railway (L&Y). The L&Y had a large terminus at Southport
Southport
Chapel Street and could see no sense in operating two termini at very close proximity. In 1901, the L&Y completed a remodelling of the approach lines to Central to allow trains to divert onto the Manchester
Manchester
to Southport
Southport
line and into Southport
Southport
Chapel Street Station. Southport
Southport
Central was closed to passengers and it became a goods depot eventually amalgamating with Chapel Street depot. It survived intact well into the 1970s. On Southport Pier
Southport Pier
can be found the Southport Pier
Southport Pier
Tramway which transports passengers from the Promenade to the pier head over 3,600 feet (1,100 m) on a 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge. This closed in 2016[73] because of the effect on the pier of the weight of the trams. The Lakeside Miniature Railway
Lakeside Miniature Railway
passes under the pier, carrying passengers along the western side of the marine lake. The line claims to be the oldest continuously running 15 in (381 mm) gauge railway in the world..[74] Walking and cycling[edit] Education[edit] The town possesses a variety of academic institutions. The all-girls Greenbank High School is situated next to the Royal Birkdale
Birkdale
Golf Club,[75] and is a certified Specialist Language College, teaching Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian and Mandarin Chinese GCSE's. World-famous actress Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
was educated at the school. The male equivalent (also situated in Birkdale) is the all-boys Birkdale
Birkdale
High School,[76] a school specialising in Mathematics. Meols Cop High School is situated in the Blowick
Blowick
area of Southport
Southport
and is one of the six schools in the country chosen to be written about in OfSTED's School Inspections handbook of 2012. Meols Cop
Meols Cop
High School has recently become one of the highest achieving schools in Sefton, with 96% of the students obtaining at least 5 GCSE's at A*-C grades. The school is oversubscribed and is currently[when?] building an additional 2 new classrooms to make way for new year groups with the number of students increasing every year. The school is a specialist school in sports. There are several other high schools in the town, including Stanley High School,[77] which is a specialist Sports College and whose former students include comedian Lee Mack
Lee Mack
and world-famous chef Marcus Wareing and Christ the King. Independent schools[edit] The town's last remaining independent preparatory school, Sunnymede School, which was in Westcliffe Road, Birkdale
Birkdale
closed in 2010 due to a lack of pupils. In the past the town had more independent schools which included Tower Dene, which was situated on Cambridge Road. This school closed in 2002 due to a similar fate. One of the Victorian houses that housed the school has since been turned into apartments, the other is now a nursery. Kingswood College (originally St Wyburn's) is now housed outside Southport
Southport
at Scarisbrick
Scarisbrick
Hall, but it takes many pupils from the town. Brighthelmston School (girls) and University School (boys) are long closed. Further education[edit] The town has two Further education colleges: Southport College that is situated near to the town centre and King George V College
King George V College
which is on Scarisbrick
Scarisbrick
New Road in the Blowick
Blowick
area of the town. Southport College offers a wide range of subjects and courses that are available to meet a range of students with different abilities but does not offer a wide range of A-Level
A-Level
courses as they used to when they first opened as Southport
Southport
Technical College.[citation needed] Courses at the college include Diplomas, NVQs, BTECs and Access courses. In addition, Southport College offers some higher education courses in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire, Edge Hill University and Liverpool
Liverpool
John Moores University.[78] King George V College
King George V College
(KGV) offers both A-Level
A-Level
and Business And Technology Education Council courses and the college requires higher GCSE
GCSE
grades to be accepted onto the course desired. In 2015 Ofsted reported that it 'Requires improvement'.[79] In 2013 the college was the best performing state funded college in an 18-mile radius of KGV.[80] For the fourth year running, KGV achieved the highest point score per student for state education in Sefton for A levels and their equivalent advanced level courses.[81] The college has also been described by OFSTED
OFSTED
as "outstanding" (grade 1). It originally opened as King George V Sixth Form College in 1979, and replaced the former King George V Grammar School for Boys, which occupied the same site from 1926 until its demolition in stages during the 1980s as the College was fully opened.[82] Sports[edit] Football[edit]

Haig Avenue, home of Southport
Southport
F.C.

Southport
Southport
is home to Southport F.C.
Southport F.C.
who have played at the Haig Avenue, Blowick
Blowick
ground since 1905. The club entered The Football League in 1921 and became a founder member of the Third Division North. In 1978 the club was voted out of the Football League following three consecutive 23rd (out of 24) placed finishes, and was replaced by Wigan
Wigan
Athletic. Southport
Southport
were the last club to leave the Football League through the re-election process. Automatic relegation from the Fourth Division was introduced in 1986–87. They are in the Conference North, the sixth tier of English football.They were previously in the National League after winning the Conference North in 2009-10 campaign. Rugby[edit] Southport
Southport
is also home to a rugby union team, Southport
Southport
Rugby Football Club,[83] who play at the Recreational Ground on Waterloo Road, Birkdale. The junior section of Southport
Southport
RFC is known as the Southport
Southport
Sharks, which has sides that range from 6 years old upwards. They also play on the same grounds, and train every Sunday 10 am – 12 noon. Golf[edit] The town is probably best known for golf; the Royal Birkdale
Birkdale
Golf Club situated in the dunes to the south of the town is one of the venues on The Open Championship
The Open Championship
rotation and has hosted two Ryder Cups. Nearby Southport
Southport
and Ainsdale
Ainsdale
Golf Club is also a two time Ryder Cup
Ryder Cup
venue and both Hillside Golf Club
Hillside Golf Club
and Hesketh Golf Club host many major events as well as being final open qualifying courses. Many smaller links courses also surround the town. Kite surfing[edit]

Sculler on Marine Lake

Southport's location by the coast also lends itself to some more specialised sporting activities – Ainsdale
Ainsdale
Beach, south of the town, is popular for kite sports, including kite-surfing. Speed record[edit] In 1925, Henry Segrave set a world land speed record of 152.33 mph (245.15 km/h) on the beach, driving a Sunbeam Tiger. His association is commemorated by the name of a public house on Lord Street. Water[edit] Marine Lake lies nestled between the town centre and the sea and is used for a variety of water-sports including water-skiing, sailing and rowing. The lake is home to the West Lancashire
Lancashire
Yacht Club and Southport
Southport
Sailing Club, both of which organise dinghy racing. The annual Southport
Southport
24 Hour Race, organised by the West Lancashire
Lancashire
Yacht Club, is an endurance race of national standing, with an average turnout of 60 to 80 boats. In 2006, the event marked its 40th anniversary.[84] Cycling[edit] The flat and scenic route alongside the beach is very popular with cyclists, and is the start of the Trans Pennine Trail, a cycle route running across the north of the country to Selby
Selby
in North Yorkshire, through Hull and on to Hornsea
Hornsea
on the east coast. In June 2008, Cycling England
England
announced Southport
Southport
as one of the 11 new cycling towns. These 11 towns shared £47 million from the government to be spent solely on cycling schemes in the towns.[85] Southport's Cycling Towns programme aims to encourage tourism and leisure cycling, create regeneration opportunities and significantly increase cycling to school.[86] There are now many cycle lanes in Southport
Southport
and more are planned, to encourage cycling in the town. Notable people[edit]

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Sophie Abelson, actress Harold Ackroyd
Harold Ackroyd
VC MC, recipient of the Victoria Cross
Victoria Cross
in World War I Jean Alexander, actress Marc Almond, lead singer of Soft Cell Michael Arlen, author and playwright Robin Askwith, actor Matthew Baylis, novelist, journalist and ex- EastEnders
EastEnders
storyliner Gavin Blyth, journalist and ex- Emmerdale
Emmerdale
producer Dora Bryan, actress Jon Burton, founder of Traveller's Tales Richard Corbett, MEP Peter Cropper, violinist Peter Doig, artist John Culshaw, record producer Lord Fearn, politician Tommy Fleetwood, professional golfer. Paul Gardner Alan Groves, footballer Fran Halsall, swimmer Ollie Halsall, guitarist Frank Hampson, artist, creator of Dan Dare Alan Hansen, footballer, television pundit Tim Hetherington, British photojournalist and film-maker killed in Libya during the 2011 Libyan Civil War Anthony Holden, writer Jan Holden, actress Michael Weston King, musician Låpsley, musician David Lonsdale, actor Lee Mack, comedian Ginger McCain, racehorse trainer Neil McDermott, actor David Mitchell, author Wilfred Pickles, actor and broadcaster Albert Pierrepoint, executioner Keith Pring, footballer Anthony Quayle, actor Arthur Richardson, VC Miranda Richardson, actress Jimmy Rimmer, footballer Michael Rimmer, 800m athlete Stuart Rimmer, footballer William Rimmer, composer and conductor Jack Rodwell, footballer Tony Rodwell, footballer G. B. Samuelson, pioneer of British cinema Adrian Scott Stokes, painter Leonard Stokes, architect A. J. P. Taylor, historian Brian Viner, journalist and author Tony Waiters, footballer and coach of Canada's national team at the 1986 World Cup Marcus Wareing, chef Edmund Whittaker, mathematician Four of the five members of the Mercury Prize
Mercury Prize
winning band Gomez

Famous animals and entities[edit]

Red Rum, record-breaking racehorse and 3-time winner of the Aintree Grand National.[87] Eagle, a comic for boys, was started in Southport.[88]

Media[edit] Newspapers[edit] The town's media consists of two rival newspaper groups, and two radio stations. The independently owned 'Champion' newspaper is a free weekly paper and Trinity Mirror's 'Sefton & West Lancs Media Mix' titles The Mid-week Visiter and The Southport
Southport
Visiter (now out on a Thursday) are free and paid-for respectively. The town also falls within the circulation areas of three regional hard copy newspapers; The Liverpool
Liverpool
Echo, The Liverpool
Liverpool
Daily Post and The Lancashire Evening Post. Southport
Southport
is also covered by several local and regional magazines, like Lancashire
Lancashire
Life. The local Ranger Service, which is part of Sefton MBC, runs a quarterly free magazine called Coastlines. Old Southport
Southport
newspapers now out of print are as follows: Independent 1861–1920s;[89] Liverpool
Liverpool
& Southport
Southport
News 1861–1872;[89] Southport
Southport
News (West Lancs) 1881–1885;[89] Southport
Southport
Standard 1885–1899;[89] Southport
Southport
Guardian 1882–1953;[90] Southport
Southport
Journal 1904–1932;[90] Southport
Southport
Star; Southport
Southport
Advertiser. The area also has many online media sites, including the UK's first online newspaper,[91] the Southport
Southport
Reporter,[92] as well as Internet forums and blog sites. Broadcasting[edit] The town's commercial radio station Dune FM closed during August 2012. On a regional level Southport
Southport
is covered by several local and regional radio stations, including Radio City 96.7, City Talk
Talk
105.9, Magic 1548, 97.4 Rock FM, Magic 999
Magic 999
and BBC Radio Merseyside. Sandgrounder Radio, a dedicated DAB radio station, which launched on Saturday 11 June 2016 now serves the town.[93] Southport
Southport
is situated within the television regions of BBC North West and ITV's Granada Television. See also[edit]

Merseyside
Merseyside
portal

Corgi Motorcycle Co Ltd. Southport
Southport
(UK Parliament constituency) Southport
Southport
Corporation Tramways

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Further reading[edit]

Aughton, Peter (1988), North Meols
North Meols
and Southport
Southport
– A History, Carnegie Press, ISBN 0-948789-17-4  Braham, Michael; Wilde, Geoff (1995), The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport
Southport
F. C., Palatine Books, ISBN 1-874181-14-4  Brough, Harold (2006), What The Butler Saw and All That: a Pictorial History of Southport's Historic Pier, Harold Brough, ISBN 0-9554780-0-6  Copnall, Stephen (2005), Pleasureland Memories: A History of Southport's Amusement Park, Skelter Publishing, ISBN 0-9544573-3-1  Foster, Harry (1995), New Birkdale
Birkdale
– The Growth of a Lancashire Seaside Suburb 1850–1912, Birkdale
Birkdale
and Ainsdale
Ainsdale
Historical Research Society, ISBN 0-9510905-1-8  Foster, Harry (2000), New Ainsdale: The Struggle of a Seaside Suburb 1850–2000, Birkdale
Birkdale
and Ainsdale
Ainsdale
Historical Research Society, ISBN 0-9510905-5-0  Foster, Harry (2008), Southport: A Pictorial History, Phillimore & Co. Ltd, ISBN 0-85033-966-9  Gell, Rob (1986), An Illustrated Survey of Railway Stations Between Southport
Southport
& Liverpool
Liverpool
1848–1986, Heyday Publishing Company, ISBN 0-947562-04-4  Greenwood, Cedric (1990) [1971], Thatch, towers and colonnades: The story of architecture in Southport, Carnegie Publishing, ISBN 0-948789-64-6  Harding, Stephen (2002), Viking
Viking
Mersey: Scandinavian Wirral, West Lancashire
Lancashire
and Chester, Countyvise Ltd, ISBN 1-901231-34-8  Lewis, David (2005), Southport: Stories and Landscapes, Breedon Publishing, ISBN 978-1-85983-467-1  Smith, Philip (2009), The Sands of Time: An Introduction to the Sand Dunes of the Sefton Coast Line, Amberley Publishing, ISBN 1-902700-03-1  Yorke, Barbara; Yorke, Reg (1982), "Britain's First Lifeboat Station: Formby, 1776–1918", Alternative Press, ISBN 0-9508155-0-0  Trust in Yellow (2008), The Complete Non-League History of Southport Football Club 1978–2008, Legends Publishing, ISBN 978-1-906796-01-3  Local Newspapers, holds newspaper title names from 1750 to 1920. ISBN 0-907099-46-7

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Southport.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Southport.

Official Southport
Southport
Tourism site Southport
Southport
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