Lydiate is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of
Sefton on Merseyside,
England but historically in Lancashire.
It is located to the north of Maghull, with which it has a common
history. At the 2001 Census the village and civil parish of Lydiate
had a population of 6,672, reducing to 6,308 at the 2011 Census.
5 Notable residents
6 See also
8 External links
Scotch Piper Inn, est. 1320, is reputed to be the oldest inn in
The ruins of St Catherine's Chapel, built c.1500 and believed
abandoned around fifty years later.
Bell's Swing Bridge No. 16
There is evidence that the settlement of the area dates back to at
least the middle of the 10th century. Indeed, one possible root of the
name is the Old English hlid-geat meaning 'swing gate', which would
have an association with animal farming.
Lydiate is mentioned in the
Domesday Book, and is described as having a "wood a mile long", and
there is evidence of the existence of extensive forests at that time,
particularly of oak and elm.
The Scotch Piper Inn, located today on the A5147,
Southport Road, is
reputed to be the oldest inn in
Lancashire and dates from the 14th
century. For many years the pub was owned and run by the Moorcroft
family. Originally called the "Royal Oak", the inn was built around an
oak tree which can be seen in both the tap room and the front bar to
the left of the fireplace. The inn is now a Grade II* listed building.
The Ireland family were very influential in the area in the early 15th
Lydiate Hall was built by Lawrence Ireland sometime
around 1470. The eastern part of the hall was destroyed about 1780,
and the hall was abandoned completely by the late 19th century. Only
ruins exist today.
The nearby St Catherine's Chapel, commonly known as
appears to date from the same period, with the initials of Lawrence
Ireland and his wife, Catherine Blundell, located on the porch. The
abbey appears to have been abandoned when the practice of the Catholic
religion was prohibited. Local legend holds that a tunnel exists
between the abbey and the hall to allow the escape of a priest.
Another local legend states that the tunnel was between the abbey and
the Scotch Piper in order to allow monks to escape the public house.
However, there is no documented evidence of this. The adjacent
graveyard was used by local Catholic families into the later 19th
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From 1997 until 2010 the village and civil parish of
Lydiate was part
of the Knowsley North and Sefton East constituency represented by
George Howarth, a Labour Party MP.
As a result of boundary revisions for the 2010 general election the
Knowsley North and Sefton East constituency was abolished with Sefton
East, including Lydiate, being merged with the northern parts of the
former Crosby constituency, which was also abolished, to form the new
Sefton Central constituency which is represented by the Labour Party
MP Bill Esterson.
The south of the village is suburban in nature with residences and
some light industry. The remainder of the village, especially to the
north and west, is more rural, consisting largely of flat arable land.
The parish church of St Thomas and the
Roman Catholic Church of Our
Lady are situated at the very north of Lydiate. The Catholic Church of
St Gregory the Great is situated further south, off Liverpool Road. St
Thomas CE Primary School, St Gregory's Catholic Primary School and
Lydiate Primary School, formerly
Lydiate Country Primary, often know
because of its location as Lambshear Lane Primary School, also lie
within the village.
The Weld Blundell (pronounced "Well Blundell") pub is opposite
Lydiate's village green, which is little more than a few square metres
in area and has a bus stop. The Weld Blundell in
Lydiate is sometimes
confused with an establishment of the same name in Ince Blundell.
The Running Horses in Bells Lane was owned and run for many years by
three generations of the Walton Family. It lies right beside the Leeds
and Liverpool Canal. There was a coal business at the side, also run
by the Walton family. At one time the coal was delivered by barge
along the canal. The
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Leeds and Liverpool Canal runs through the
village on its way to the Liverpool Pier Head. The
A59 road (Northway)
A5147 road (
Southport Road) also run through the village. Until
Lydiate was served by the
Southport & Cheshire Lines
Extension Railway, with a railway station on Station Road in the far
north of the village. The old railway is now part of the Trans Pennine
Places adjacent to Lydiate
Lunt, Sefton Village
In 2009 planning permission was sought to be a marina on the Leeds and
Liverpool Canal by Bells Lane.
Ian Callaghan, former professional footballer, owned an insurance
agency near the Weld Blundell.
Bill Hartley, a British athlete, was raised in
Lydiate and now runs a
local floriculture business.
Brian Labone, former professional footballer, lived in Lydiate.
Terry Darracott, former professional footballer, lived in Lydiate.
Gerard Manley Hopkins, poet, lived in
Lydiate at Rose Hill House,
Pygons Hill Lane, between 1880 and 1881, during the 19th century a
school of painters inhabitited the area.
Kent Riley, a British actor best known for his role as Zak Ramsey in
Hollyoaks lives in Lydiate.
Gemma Merna, a British actress known as Carmel McQueen in TV soap
Hollyoaks lives in a converted farm house in Lydiate.
Rachael Elizabeth, a British actress known in TV soaps, lives in
Oscar Gnosspelius, engineer.
Barry Woodward, journalist and TV scriptwriter, lived in
Listed buildings in Lydiate
^ 2001 Census: Lydiate, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 21
^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 2 June 2015.
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Our Lady's Church
St Thomas Church
St Gregory the Great Church
Districts and wards of the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton
Netherton and Orrell