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Lydiate
Lydiate
is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton on Merseyside, England
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,[1] reducing to 6,308 at the 2011 Census.[2]

Contents

1 History 2 Governance 3 Geography 4 Future 5 Notable residents 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

History[edit]

Scotch Piper Inn, est. 1320, is reputed to be the oldest inn in Lancashire.

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
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
Southport
Road, is reputed to be the oldest inn in Lancashire
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 century, and Lydiate Hall
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 Lydiate
Lydiate
Abbey, 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 century. Governance[edit]

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From 1997 until 2010 the village and civil parish of Lydiate
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. Geography[edit] 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
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
Lydiate
Primary School, formerly Lydiate
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
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
A59 road
(Northway) and A5147 road
A5147 road
( Southport
Southport
Road) also run through the village. Until 1952 Lydiate
Lydiate
was served by the Southport
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 Trail.

Places adjacent to Lydiate

Great Altcar Downholland Cross Aughton

Ince Blundell

Lydiate

Bowker's Green

Lunt, Sefton Village Maghull Melling

Future[edit] In 2009 planning permission was sought to be a marina on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal by Bells Lane.[3] Notable residents[edit]

Ian Callaghan, former professional footballer, owned an insurance agency near the Weld Blundell. Bill Hartley, a British athlete, was raised in Lydiate
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
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 TV soap Hollyoaks
Hollyoaks
lives in Lydiate. Gemma Merna, a British actress known as Carmel McQueen in TV soap Hollyoaks
Hollyoaks
lives in a converted farm house in Lydiate. Rachael Elizabeth, a British actress known in TV soaps, lives in Lydiate. Oscar Gnosspelius, engineer. Barry Woodward, journalist and TV scriptwriter, lived in Lydiate
Lydiate
from 1953-1970.

See also[edit]

Listed buildings in Lydiate

References[edit]

^ 2001 Census: Lydiate, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 21 December 2008  ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 2 June 2015.  ^ Lydiate
Lydiate
World

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lydiate.

British History Online Our Lady's Church St Thomas Church St Gregory the Great Church

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Districts and wards of the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton

Districts

Ainsdale Aintree Birkdale Blowick Blundellsands Bootle Brighton-le-Sands Carr Houses Churchtown Crosby Crossens Ford Formby Freshfield Great Crosby High Park Hightown Hillside Ince Blundell Kennessee Green Kew Lady Green Litherland Little Altcar Little Crosby Lunt Lydiate Maghull Marshside Melling Meols Cop Netherton Orrell Seaforth Sefton Southport Thornton Waddicar Waterloo Woodvale

Council Wards

Ainsdale Birkdale Blundellsands Cambridge Church Derby Dukes Ford Harington Kew Linacre Litherland Manor Meols Molyneux Netherton and Orrell Norwood Park Ravenmeols St. Oswa

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