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Southport

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Southport 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.

Southport lies on the 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 and 14.8 miles (23.8 km) southwest of Preston.

Within the boundaries of the historic county 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. 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 largely coincided with the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era. Town attractions include Southport Pier, the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isles, and Lord Street, an elegant tree-lined shopping street.

Extensive sand dunes stretch for several miles from Woodvale to Birkdale, the south of the town. The Ainsdale sand dunes have been designated as a national nature reserve and a Ramsar site. Local fauna include the natterjack toad and the sand lizard. The town contains examples of 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.

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, the largest independent flower show in the UK (in Victoria Park) and the British Musical Fireworks Championship. The town is at the centre of England's Golf Coast and has hosted the Open Championship at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

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The coat of arms of Southport

Earliest settlements

There have been settlements in the area now comprising Southport since the Domesday Book, and some parts of the town have names of Viking origin. 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 Moss and Crossens, 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 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 estuary, that a small concentration of people occurred.

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. As well as Churchtown, there were vicarages in Crossens and Banks.

Parts of the parish were almost completely surrounded by water until 1692 when Thomas Fleetwood of Bank Hall cut a channel to drain Martin Mere to the sea. From this point on, attempts at large-scale drainage of 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

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 Canal and two miles southwest of Churchtown.

When a widow from 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. 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, and by a hotel on Duke Street which bears the legacy name of Dukes Folly Hotel.

19th century

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

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 had a head start compared to all the other places on the 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 canal brought people from Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton and Wigan amongst others. By 1820 Southport had over 20,000 visitors per year.

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 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.

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 was on its way to South America when it found itself in difficulty. Lifeboats from Lytham, 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 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 Offshore Rescue Trust. Mexico was just one of many shipwrecks in the Southport area.

20th century

From 1894 to 1912 Birkdale and the adjoining village of Ainsdale were separate from Southport and administered by Birkdale Urban District Council before becoming part of the county borough of Southport in 1912. This was a huge expansion of the town.

In 1914, A very short romance story between a “2 park road Southport “private and French lady took place in north France Valenciennes during early First World War as described by Andrée Ducatez's book.

In 1925, the RNLI abandoned the station at Southport and left the town with no lifeboat. In the late 1980s, after a series of tragedies, local families from Southport started to raise funds and bought a new lifeboat for the town stationed at the old RNLI lifeboat house. The lifeboat, operated by the 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 Segrave set the land speed record in his 4-litre Sunbeam Tiger Ladybird on the sands at Southport at 152.33 mph (245.15 km/h). This record lasted for just over a month, until broken by J.G. Parry-Thomas.

Politically, the constituency of Southport has historically been a key battleground between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, but Labour has emerged as a serious contender in recent years. John Pugh was the MP for Southport, 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 who holds a majority of 4,147.

Lancashire

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 in 1915, having reached the minimum 50,000 population (the 1911 census gave a figure of 51,643). The Birkdale Urban District, including the parishes of Birkdale and Ainsdale was added to Southport in 1912. The county borough had its headquarters at Southport Town Hall.

Merseyside

Under the 1971 Local Government White Paper, presented in February 1971, 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 Corporation lobbied for inclusion in the nearby planned metropolitan county of Merseyside, to join with Bootle and other units to form a district with the 250,000 required population. It was duly included in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.

This decision has been regretted by some of the population. A recurring local political issue has been the cross-party movement campaigning for 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, and also within the Southport Conservative Party.

A Southport born man Kevin Laroux Wood stood in the parliamentary election for the 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 Back in 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 to Lancashire, and renaming the residue of Sefton to the Metropolitan Borough of Bootle. The Local Government Boundary Commission for 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 and 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 were poor compared to those southward to the Liverpool area.

Sefton

The government again directed the Local Government Commission for 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 border be altered. In a MORI poll conducted at the behest of the LGCE, 65% of Southport residents supported the campaign, compared to 37% in the borough as a whole. Local MPs Matthew Banks and Ronnie Fearn (MPs for Southport at various times) supported making 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 would have a relatively low population for a unitary authority, even including 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 could become a civil parish. 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 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.

Marshside Sands, Southport

At 53°38′43.44″N3°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 approximately 27 kilometres (17 mi) to the south.

Existing on the West Lancashire Coastal Plain, most of the town is only slightly above sea level and thus parts of 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.

Southport has a maritime climate like most of the UK. Due to its position by the coast, Southport rarely sees substantial snowfall and temperatures rarely fall below −5 °C (23 °F) so it doesn't have frequent frosts. Southport generally has moderate precipitation, unlike the rest of western UK.

The coast-to-coast Trans Pennine Trail (TPT) stretches the breadth of northern England – 215 miles (345 km) from Southport in the west to 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. It runs alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England. One can follow historic railways and canals and follow in the footsteps of packhorse traders on ancient salt routes.

The United Kingdom Census 2001 showed a total resident population for Southport of 90,336. Approximately 19,000 were aged 16 or under, 60,000 were aged 16–74, and 10,000 aged 75 and over. According to the 2001 census, 96% of Southport's population claim they have been born in the UK.

Historically the population of Southport began to rapidly increase during the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era. From then the population has been stable with minor decline in some areas of the town.

People from Southport are known as "Sandgrounders", although there is debate about what is sufficient to qualify for that name.

Population growth in Southport between 1901–2011
YearPopulation±%
190148,083
191151,643+7.4%
192176,621+48.4%
YearPopulation±%
193178,925+3.0%
193991,240+15.6%
195184,039−7.9%
YearPopulation±%
196182,004−2.4%
200191,400+11.5%
201191,703+0.3%
Source: Southport - A Vision of Britain, City Population - Southport &

Tourism

Southport pier, 1890s

As a seaside town 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. 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 was named the fourteenth-most popular coastal resort in the country, benefiting from a 23% rise in money spent in the resort in that year. Part of the resort's progress is a result of the money invested in Southport over recent years.[citation needed]

Annual events

The Red Arrows at Southport Airshow in 2009

Business

While 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 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 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. Southport also has a newly renovated indoor market situated on King Street and Market Street as well as a farmers' market held on the last Thursday of every month on Chapel Street.

Southport is used for conferences at the Southport Theatre & Convention Centre. It has hosted the 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

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. Royal Birkdale Golf Club is one of the clubs in the 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. Southport's other courses include the 9-hole Southport Old Links in High Park, the Hesketh Golf Club, Hillside Golf Club and Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club.

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, opened in July 2007. 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 band Black, which was also shot at other parts of the Sefton and North West coastline. 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.

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. 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 include Splash World, an indoor water park situated on the back of the Dunes swimming pool which opened in June 2007.

Meols Hall, 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 and is full of interesting pictures and furniture.

Southport also boasts one of the few lawnmower museums.

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 Flower Show.

Architecture

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 Hotel on Lord Street
Rosefield Hall, one of Southport's Victorian mansions, while being restored in 2007
  • Emmanuel Parish Church, Cambridge Road, which has an organ, installed in 1914, built by Harrisons of Durham
  • Holy Trinity Church, founded before 1898
  • Queen Victoria Statue – originally moved from the Town Hall Gardens to Nevill Street junction to the Promenade and again to the pedestrianised side of Nevill Street.
    Statue of Queen Victoria on Nevill 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 (a large Victorian hotel, demolished in 1969)
  • Southport General Infirmary (demolished in 2008–09 with only a wing of the infirmary remaining as it is being used for mental health services)

Road

Southport is the second-largest town in Britain with no direct dual-carriageway link to the national motorway network (after Eastbourne: 2011 census).[citation needed] Due to its position by the coast, 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 are:

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

The nearest motorway 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)

An east-west bypass for the A570 at 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.

Several areas within 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.

Also one of the main shopping areas in the town, Chapel Street, has undergone a pedestrianisation scheme to be similar to parts of Liverpool city centre.

Bus

Due to the limited number of directions by road, many of the services operated in Southport are from one place south to one place north or east of Southport.

The main operator is Arriva North West, that operates two (previously four) services to Liverpool, and two to Wigan and Skelmersdale via Ormskirk, Scarisbrick and Burscough. Arriva also operate five regular, local services and one seasonal service (serving Pontins to the south of the town).

There are three Park and Ride facilities - one of which is operated regularly, by Arriva, one by Cumfybus and one completely disused.

Stagecoach in Preston operates a service in Southport, the X2 (Preston – Southport - Liverpool)

Cumfybus operate two regular, local services and one dedicated Park and Ride route.

Rail

Southport railway station has a frequent service of trains to Liverpool, operated by Merseyrail and a regular service to Wigan, Bolton, Manchester and Leeds. In addition, there are stations at Birkdale, Hillside and Ainsdale on the Liverpool line, part of the Merseyrail network, and at Meols Cop on the Manchester line.

The Liverpool line was originally built by the Liverpool, Crosby and 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 via Wigan, with stations at St Luke's and Blowick.

Formerly, Southport was also served by three further railway lines:

In July 1897, both the West Lancashire and the Liverpool, Southport and Preston Junction Railways were absorbed into the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&Y). The L&Y had a large terminus at 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 to Southport line and into Southport Chapel Street Station. 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 can be found the now closed Southport Pier Tramway which used to transport passengers from the Promenade to the pier head over 3,600 feet (1,100 m) on a3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge. This closed in 2016 because of the effect on the pier of the weight of the trams.

The 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.

The town possesses a variety of academic institutions. The all-girls Greenbank High School is situated next to the Royal Birkdale Golf Club, and is a certified Specialist Language school. World-famous actress Miranda Richardson was educated at the school. The male equivalent (also situated in Birkdale) is the all-boys Birkdale High School, which specialises in mathematics.

Meols Cop High School is situated in the Blowick area of 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 High School has recently[when?] become one of the highest achieving schools in Sefton, with 96% of the students obtaining at least 5 GCSEs at A*-C grades. The school is oversubscribed and, in February 2016, underwent building work to expand for the increasing number of students. It is a specialist school in sports.

There are several other high schools in the town, including Stanley High School, which is a specialist sports school (whose former students include comedian Lee Mack and world-famous chef Marcus Wareing), and Christ the King.

Independent schools

The town's last remaining independent preparatory school, Sunnymede School, which was in Westcliffe Road, 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 at Scarisbrick Hall, but it takes many pupils from the town. Brighthelmston School (girls) and University School (boys) are long closed.

Further education

The town has two further education colleges: Southport College, situated near to the town centre, and King George V College (KGV), located on Scarisbrick New Road in the Blowick area of the town.

Courses at Southport 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 John Moores University.

King George V College offers both A-Level and Business And Technology Education Council (BTEC). 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. In 2013, the college was the best performing state-funded college in an 18-mile radius of KGV. However, by 2015 Ofsted reported that it 'Requires improvement'. In 2016, Ofsted again rated it poorly, and a government report suggesting merging it with nearby Southport College. In the wake of the report, the college's principal left. The number of pupils at the college had plummeted from 1,530 in 2012 to just 652 in 2016. The college has somewhat recovered since then, with more positive results and a higher intake.

Newspapers

The town's media consists of two rival newspaper groups, and two radio stations. The independently owned Champion newspaper is a free weekly paper, while The Mid-week Visiter and The Southport Visiter (part of Reach plc's Sefton & West Lancs Media Mix titles) are free and paid-for newspapers respectively. The town also falls within the circulation areas of three regional hard copy newspapers; The Liverpool Echo, The Liverpool Daily Post and The Lancashire Evening Post. Southport is also covered by several local and regional magazines, like Lancashire Life. The local Ranger Service, which is part of Sefton MBC, runs a quarterly free magazine called Coastlines.

Old Southport newspapers now out of print are as follows: Independent 1861–1920s; Liverpool & Southport News 1861–1872; Southport News (West Lancs) 1881–1885; Southport Standard 1885–1899; Southport Guardian 1882–1953; Southport Journal 1904–1932; Southport Star; and Southport Advertiser.

The area also has many online media sites, including the UK's first online newspaper, the Southport Reporter, as well as Internet forums and blog sites.

Broadcasting

The town's commercial radio station Dune FM closed during August 2012. Coast 107.9 was since launched and continued to broadcast online. Southport is covered by several local and regional radio stations, including Radio City 96.7, Radio City Talk, 97.4 Rock FM, Greatest Hits Liverpool, Greatest Hits Lancashire and BBC Radio Merseyside.

Mighty radio is Southport’s only local community FM radio station. Established in 2012 after the towns former station closed, local presenters set up a new station online. Mighty Radio was given a trial RSL in 2012. December 2018, OFCOM awarded Mighty radio with their FM license. Mighty have thrived within their community. Showcasing local talent through their presenters, they provide the town with local up to date news from Radio News Hub hourly from 0700-1900 7 days a week with local headlines ‘as and when’ they come in. Mighty radio are renowned for and are committed to supporting local and national charities. Tune in to Mighty radio on 107.9 fm and online at www.mightyradio.co.uk

Southport is situated within the television regions of BBC North West and ITV's Granada Television.

Football

Southport is home to Southport F.C. who have played at the Haig Avenue, 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 Athletic. Southport were the last club to leave the Football League through the re-election process. Automatic relegation from the Fourth Division was introduced in 1986–1987. They are in the National League North, the sixth tier of English football. They were previously in the National League after winning the Conference North in 2009–2010 campaign.

Rugby

Southport is also home to a rugby union club, Southport Rugby Football Club, who play their home matches at Waterloo Road in Hillside. Southport RFC's first XV currently plays in North 2 West in the Rugby Football Union Northern Division, and the club fields many sides at all age levels, Senior: First XV, Second XV, Third XV, veterans, Ladies, U18 Colts; Junior: U13s to U17 Colts; Mini: U6s to U12s.

Southport Rugby Football Club player in action, 2018

Originally founded as, Southport Football Club, on 29 November 1872 and is one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world. The first president of the club was Samuel Swire, the Mayor of Southport. In line with the origins of the modern game, the club was originally composed of old public school boys, and was formed with the intention of improving the physical development of our young townsmen. The driving force behind the formation of the club was Dr George Coombe (later Sir George Augustus Pilkington) of Southport Infirmary. Notable former players include, Samuel Perry, England International, Gordon Rimmer, former England International, and British Lion and *Bob Burdell, Wigan Warriors and Lancashire.

Golf

The town is probably best known for golf; the Royal Birkdale Golf Club situated in the dunes to the south of the town is one of the venues on The Open Championship rotation and has hosted two Ryder Cups. Nearby Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club is also a two time Ryder Cup venue and both 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

Sculler on Marine Lake

Southport's location by the coast also lends itself to some more specialised sporting activities – Ainsdale Beach, south of the town, is popular for kite sports, including kite-surfing.

Speed record

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

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 Yacht Club and Southport Sailing Club, both of which organise dinghy racing. The annual Southport 24 Hour Race, organised by the West 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.

Cycling

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 in North Yorkshire, through Hull and on to Hornsea on the east coast.

In June 2008, Cycling England announced 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. Southport's Cycling Towns programme aims to encourage tourism and leisure cycling, create regeneration opportunities and significantly increase cycling to school. There are now many cycle lanes in Southport and more are planned, to encourage cycling in the town.

Speedway Racing

An article in the Northern Daily Telegraph for 22 September 1929 reports that a proposed meeting at Kew Speedway had been halted due to the intervention of the Auto Cycle Union. (ACU) The proprietor of the venture was Mr Farrar. It is not known if the track was amended and if any events took place.

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Southport
Southport Language Watch Edit 160 160 Redirected from Southport England For other uses see Southport disambiguation Southport 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 SouthportTownMarine Way Bridge SouthportSouthportLocation within MerseysidePopulation91 703 1 2011 Census DemonymSandgrounder 2 OS grid referenceSD333170 London191 mi 307 km 3 SEMetropolitan boroughSeftonMetropolitan countyMerseysideRegionNorth WestCountryEnglandSovereign stateUnited KingdomPost townSouthportPostcode districtPR8 PR9Dialling code01704PoliceMerseysideFireMerseysideAmbulanceNorth WestUK ParliamentSouthportList of places UK England Merseyside53 38 51 N 3 0 19 W 53 64750 N 3 00528 W 53 64750 3 00528 Coordinates 53 38 51 N 3 0 19 W 53 64750 N 3 00528 W 53 64750 3 00528 Southport lies on the 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 and 14 8 miles 23 8 km southwest of Preston Within the boundaries of the historic county 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 largely coincided with the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era Town attractions include Southport Pier the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isles 6 and Lord Street an elegant tree lined shopping street Extensive sand dunes stretch for several miles from Woodvale to Birkdale the south of the town The Ainsdale sand dunes have been designated as a national nature reserve and a Ramsar site Local fauna include the natterjack toad and the sand lizard 7 8 The town contains examples of 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 9 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 10 the largest independent flower show in the UK in Victoria Park and the British Musical Fireworks Championship The town is at the centre of England s Golf Coast 11 and has hosted the 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 8 Education 8 1 Independent schools 8 2 Further education 9 Media 9 1 Newspapers 9 2 Broadcasting 10 Sports 10 1 Football 10 2 Rugby 10 3 Golf 10 4 Kite surfing 10 5 Speed record 10 6 Water 10 7 Cycling 10 8 Speedway Racing 11 Notable people 12 Famous animals and entities 13 See also 14 References 15 Further reading 16 External linksHistory Edit The coat of arms of Southport Earliest settlements Edit There have been settlements in the area now comprising Southport since the Domesday Book and some parts of the town have names of Viking origin 12 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 Moss and Crossens 13 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 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 estuary that a small concentration of people occurred 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 14 As well as Churchtown there were vicarages in Crossens and Banks Parts of the parish were almost completely surrounded by water until 1692 when Thomas Fleetwood of Bank Hall cut a channel to drain Martin Mere to the sea 15 From this point on attempts at large scale drainage of 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 Canal and two miles southwest of Churchtown When a widow from 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 16 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 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 had a head start compared to all the other places on the 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 canal brought people from Liverpool Manchester Bolton and Wigan amongst others By 1820 Southport had over 20 000 visitors per year 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 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 17 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 18 was on its way to South America when it found itself in difficulty Lifeboats from Lytham 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 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 Offshore Rescue Trust Mexico was just one of many shipwrecks in the Southport area 20th century Edit From 1894 to 1912 Birkdale and the adjoining village of Ainsdale were separate from Southport and administered by Birkdale Urban District Council before becoming part of the county borough of Southport in 1912 This was a huge expansion of the town In 1914 A very short romance story between a 2 park road Southport private and French lady took place in north France Valenciennes during early First World War as described by Andree Ducatez s book 19 In 1925 the RNLI abandoned the station at Southport and left the town with no lifeboat In the late 1980s after a series of tragedies local families from Southport started to raise funds and bought a new lifeboat for the town stationed at the old RNLI lifeboat house 20 The lifeboat operated by the 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 Segrave set the land speed record in his 4 litre Sunbeam Tiger Ladybird on the sands at 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 Southport Town Hall Politically the constituency of Southport has historically been a key battleground between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats but Labour has emerged as a serious contender in recent years John Pugh was the MP for Southport 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 who holds a majority of 4 147 Lancashire Edit 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 in 1915 having reached the minimum 50 000 population the 1911 census gave a figure of 51 643 The Birkdale Urban District including the parishes of Birkdale and Ainsdale was added to Southport in 1912 The county borough had its headquarters at Southport Town Hall 21 Merseyside Edit Under the 1971 Local Government White Paper presented in February 1971 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 Corporation lobbied for inclusion in the nearby planned metropolitan county of Merseyside to join with Bootle and other units to form a district with the 250 000 required population It was duly included in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton 22 This decision has been regretted by some of the population A recurring local political issue has been the cross party movement campaigning for 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 23 and also within the Southport Conservative Party 24 A Southport born man Kevin Laroux Wood stood in the parliamentary election for the 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 Back in 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 to Lancashire and renaming the residue of Sefton to the Metropolitan Borough of Bootle The Local Government Boundary Commission for 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 and 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 were poor compared to those southward to the Liverpool area Sefton Edit The government again directed the Local Government Commission for 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 border be altered In a MORI poll conducted at the behest of the LGCE 65 of Southport residents supported the campaign compared to 37 in the borough as a whole Local MPs Matthew Banks and Ronnie Fearn MPs for Southport at various times supported making 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 would have a relatively low population for a unitary authority even including 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 could become a civil parish 25 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 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 26 Geography Edit Marshside Sands Southport 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 approximately 27 kilometres 17 mi to the south Existing on the West Lancashire Coastal Plain most of the town is only slightly above sea level and thus parts of 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 27 Southport has a maritime climate like most of the UK Due to its position by the coast Southport rarely sees substantial snowfall and temperatures rarely fall below 5 C 23 F so it doesn t have frequent frosts Southport generally has moderate precipitation unlike the rest of western UK 28 The coast to coast Trans Pennine Trail TPT stretches the breadth of northern England 215 miles 345 km from Southport in the west to 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 It runs alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England One can follow historic railways and canals and follow in the footsteps of packhorse traders on ancient salt routes Demography EditThe United Kingdom Census 2001 showed a total resident population for Southport of 90 336 29 Approximately 19 000 were aged 16 or under 60 000 were aged 16 74 and 10 000 aged 75 and over 30 According to the 2001 census 96 of Southport s population claim they have been born in the UK Historically the population of Southport began to rapidly increase during the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era From then the population has been stable with minor decline in some areas of the town People from Southport are known as Sandgrounders although there is debate about what is sufficient to qualify for that name Population growth in Southport between 1901 2011YearPopulation 190148 083 191151 643 7 4 192176 621 48 4 YearPopulation 193178 925 3 0 193991 240 15 6 195184 039 7 9 YearPopulation 196182 004 2 4 200191 400 11 5 201191 703 0 3 Source Southport A Vision of Britain City Population Southport amp 31 Economy EditTourism Edit Southport pier 1890s As a seaside town 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 32 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 was named the fourteenth most popular coastal resort in the country benefiting from a 23 rise in money spent in the resort in that year 33 Part of the resort s progress is a result of the money invested in Southport over recent years citation needed Annual events Edit The Red Arrows at Southport Airshow in 2009 Southport Airshow 34 the north west s biggest airshow held in the summer Southport Flower Show 35 the UK s largest independent flower show British Musical Fireworks Championships 36 Woodvale Rally 37 Scooter Rally at Pontins Southport Southport International Jazz Festival 38 Southport Food and Drink Festival 39 40 Southport Weekender 41 Southport Rocks 42 Southport 24 Hour Race 43 A sailing race that sees boats racing continuously for 24 hours even in extreme weather conditions Entries have included Olympic gold medallists 44 and teams from the Republic of Ireland and France and even the US and Australia It is regarded as one of the hardest endurance races in the world 45 46 Tidy Boys IDEAL Weekender 47 Business Edit While 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 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 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 48 Southport also has a newly renovated indoor market situated on King Street and Market Street 49 50 as well as a farmers market held on the last Thursday of every month on Chapel Street 51 Southport is used for conferences at the Southport Theatre amp Convention Centre 52 It has hosted the 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 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 53 Royal Birkdale Golf Club is one of the clubs in the 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 54 Southport s other courses include the 9 hole Southport Old Links in High Park the Hesketh Golf Club Hillside Golf Club and Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club Landmarks EditSee 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 55 opened in July 2007 56 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 band Black which was also shot at other parts of the Sefton and North West coastline 57 58 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 59 60 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 61 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 include Splash World an indoor water park situated on the back of the Dunes swimming pool which opened in June 2007 62 Meols Hall 63 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 and is full of interesting pictures and furniture Southport also boasts one of the few lawnmower museums 64 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 Flower Show 65 Architecture Edit 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 Hotel on Lord Street Rosefield Hall one of Southport s Victorian mansions while being restored in 2007 Lakeside Miniature Railway Southport Pier formerly home of the Southport Pier Tramway Marine Way Bridge Lord Street Southport Model Railway Village 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 Hotel 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 previous home of the only local history museum in Southport 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 66 Rosefield Hall on Hesketh Road built 1908 former home of Maurice de Forest and used as a hospital during World War II Kew Gardens Southport District General Hospital now occupies most of the site Meols Hall Round House Wayfarers Arcade Atkinson Art Gallery amp Library Arts Centre amp 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 67 Holy Trinity Church founded before 1898 68 Queen Victoria Statue originally moved from the Town Hall Gardens to Nevill Street junction to the Promenade and again to the pedestrianised side of Nevill Street Statue of Queen Victoria on Nevill 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 a large Victorian hotel demolished in 1969 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 EditRoad Edit Southport is the second largest town in Britain with no direct dual carriageway link to the national motorway network after Eastbourne 2011 census citation needed Due to its position by the coast 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 are A565 from Preston to the northeast from the A59 Liverpool Preston York A570 from Ormskirk and St Helens to the southeast A565 from Liverpool and Formby to the south The nearest motorway 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 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 69 Several areas within 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 70 Also one of the main shopping areas in the town Chapel Street has undergone a pedestrianisation scheme to be similar to parts of Liverpool city centre Bus Edit Due to the limited number of directions by road many of the services operated in Southport are from one place south to one place north or east of Southport The main operator is Arriva North West that operates two previously four services to Liverpool and two to Wigan and Skelmersdale via Ormskirk Scarisbrick and Burscough Arriva also operate five regular local services and one seasonal service serving Pontins to the south of the town There are three Park and Ride facilities one of which is operated regularly by Arriva one by Cumfybus and one completely disused Stagecoach in Preston operates a service in Southport the X2 Preston Southport Liverpool Cumfybus operate two regular local services and one dedicated Park and Ride route Rail Edit Southport railway station Southport Birkdale Palace Ash Street Central Eastbank Street London Street Lord Street St Luke s Railway station Site of former railway station Southport Birkdale Meols Cop Ainsdale Hillside Birkdale Palace Blowick Butts Lane Halt Churchtown Crossens Hesketh Park Kew Gardens Ainsdale Beach Heathey Lane Halt Shirdley Hill New Cut Lane Halt Halsall Banks Woodvale Railway station Site of former railway station Southport railway station has a frequent service of trains to Liverpool operated by Merseyrail and a regular service to Wigan Bolton Manchester and Leeds In addition there are stations at Birkdale Hillside and Ainsdale on the Liverpool line part of the Merseyrail network and at Meols Cop on the Manchester line The Liverpool line was originally built by the Liverpool Crosby and 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 via Wigan with stations at St Luke s and Blowick Formerly Southport was also served by three further railway lines From 1882 the West Lancashire Railway operated from Southport Derby Road station also known as Southport Central to Preston Fishergate Hill It had stations in Southport at Ash Street St Luke s Hesketh Park Churchtown and Crossens This line was shut in 1964 and nowadays Southport and Preston are linked only by the largely dual carriageway A565 and A59 roads In 1884 another line from Southport to Liverpool was opened the Cheshire Lines Committee s Southport amp Cheshire Lines Extension Railway extended the CLC s North Liverpool Extension Line from Liverpool Central to Southport Lord Street It had stations in Southport at Birkdale Palace and Ainsdale Beach The West Lancashire Railway sponsored the Liverpool Southport and Preston Junction Railway to provide a connection to the CLC line joining it at Altcar and Hillhouse 71 It had stations in Southport at Butts Lane and Kew Gardens These lines ultimately proved uncompetitive and the Southport services were withdrawn in 1952 In July 1897 both the West Lancashire and the Liverpool Southport and Preston Junction Railways were absorbed into the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway L amp Y The L amp Y had a large terminus at Southport Chapel Street and could see no sense in operating two termini at very close proximity In 1901 the L amp Y completed a remodelling of the approach lines to Central to allow trains to divert onto the Manchester to Southport line and into Southport Chapel Street Station 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 can be found the now closed Southport Pier Tramway which used to transport 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 72 because of the effect on the pier of the weight of the trams The 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 73 Education EditThe town possesses a variety of academic institutions The all girls Greenbank High School is situated next to the Royal Birkdale Golf Club 74 and is a certified Specialist Language school World famous actress Miranda Richardson was educated at the school The male equivalent also situated in Birkdale is the all boys Birkdale High School 75 which specialises in mathematics Meols Cop High School is situated in the Blowick area of 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 High School has recently when become one of the highest achieving schools in Sefton with 96 of the students obtaining at least 5 GCSEs at A C grades The school is oversubscribed and in February 2016 underwent building work to expand for the increasing number of students It is a specialist school in sports There are several other high schools in the town including Stanley High School 76 which is a specialist sports school whose former students include comedian 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 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 at 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 situated near to the town centre and King George V College KGV located on Scarisbrick New Road in the Blowick area of the town Courses at Southport 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 John Moores University 77 King George V College offers both A Level and Business And Technology Education Council BTEC 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 78 In 2013 the college was the best performing state funded college in an 18 mile radius of KGV 79 However by 2015 Ofsted reported that it Requires improvement 80 In 2016 Ofsted again rated it poorly 81 and a government report suggesting merging it with nearby Southport College In the wake of the report the college s principal left The number of pupils at the college had plummeted from 1 530 in 2012 to just 652 in 2016 The college has somewhat recovered since then with more positive results and a higher intake Media EditNewspapers 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 while The Mid week Visiter and The Southport Visiter part of Reach plc s Sefton amp West Lancs Media Mix titles are free and paid for newspapers respectively The town also falls within the circulation areas of three regional hard copy newspapers The Liverpool Echo The Liverpool Daily Post and The Lancashire Evening Post Southport is also covered by several local and regional magazines like Lancashire Life The local Ranger Service which is part of Sefton MBC runs a quarterly free magazine called Coastlines Old Southport newspapers now out of print are as follows Independent 1861 1920s 82 Liverpool amp Southport News 1861 1872 82 Southport News West Lancs 1881 1885 82 Southport Standard 1885 1899 82 Southport Guardian 1882 1953 83 Southport Journal 1904 1932 83 Southport Star and Southport Advertiser The area also has many online media sites including the UK s first online newspaper 84 the Southport Reporter 85 as well as Internet forums and blog sites Broadcasting Edit The town s commercial radio station Dune FM closed during August 2012 Coast 107 9 was since launched and continued to broadcast online Southport is covered by several local and regional radio stations including Radio City 96 7 Radio City Talk 97 4 Rock FM Greatest Hits Liverpool Greatest Hits Lancashire and BBC Radio Merseyside Mighty radio is Southport s only local community FM radio station Established in 2012 after the towns former station closed local presenters set up a new station online Mighty Radio was given a trial RSL in 2012 December 2018 OFCOM awarded Mighty radio with their FM license Mighty have thrived within their community Showcasing local talent through their presenters they provide the town with local up to date news from Radio News Hub hourly from 0700 1900 7 days a week with local headlines as and when they come in Mighty radio are renowned for and are committed to supporting local and national charities Tune in to Mighty radio on 107 9 fm and online at www mightyradio co uk Southport is situated within the television regions of BBC North West and ITV s Granada Television Sports EditFootball Edit Haig Avenue home of Southport F C Southport is home to Southport F C who have played at the Haig Avenue 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 Athletic 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 1987 They are in the National League North the sixth tier of English football They were previously in the National League after winning the Conference North in 2009 2010 campaign Rugby Edit Southport is also home to a rugby union club Southport Rugby Football Club 86 who play their home matches at Waterloo Road in Hillside Southport RFC s first XV currently plays in North 2 West in the Rugby Football Union Northern Division and the club fields many sides at all age levels Senior First XV Second XV Third XV veterans Ladies U18 Colts Junior U13s to U17 Colts Mini U6s to U12s Southport Rugby Football Club player in action 2018 Originally founded as Southport Football Club on 29 November 1872 and is one of the oldest rugby clubs in the world The first president of the club was Samuel Swire the Mayor of Southport In line with the origins of the modern game the club was originally composed of old public school boys and was formed with the intention of improving the physical development of our young townsmen The driving force behind the formation of the club was Dr George Coombe later Sir George Augustus Pilkington of Southport Infirmary Notable former players include Samuel Perry England International 87 Gordon Rimmer former England International and British Lion and Bob Burdell Wigan Warriors and Lancashire Golf Edit The town is probably best known for golf the Royal Birkdale Golf Club situated in the dunes to the south of the town is one of the venues on The Open Championship rotation and has hosted two Ryder Cups Nearby Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club is also a two time Ryder Cup venue and both 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 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 Yacht Club and Southport Sailing Club both of which organise dinghy racing The annual Southport 24 Hour Race organised by the West 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 88 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 in North Yorkshire through Hull and on to Hornsea on the east coast In June 2008 Cycling England announced 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 89 Southport s Cycling Towns programme aims to encourage tourism and leisure cycling create regeneration opportunities and significantly increase cycling to school 90 There are now many cycle lanes in Southport and more are planned to encourage cycling in the town Speedway Racing Edit An article in the Northern Daily Telegraph for 22 September 1929 reports that a proposed meeting at Kew Speedway had been halted due to the intervention of the Auto Cycle Union ACU The proprietor of the venture was Mr Farrar It is not known if the track was amended and if any events took place Notable people EditThis section needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed July 2014 Learn how and when to remove this template message Sophie Abelson actress Harold Ackroyd VC MC recipient of the Victoria Cross in World War I Jean Alexander Coronation Street and Last of the Summer Wine actress Marc Almond OBE lead singer of Soft Cell Michael Arlen author and playwright Robin Askwith actor Matthew Baylis novelist journalist and ex EastEnders storyliner Jake Bidwell footballer Brian Birch footballer Gavin Blyth journalist and ex Emmerdale producer Dora Bryan OBE actress Jon Burton founder of Traveller s Tales Peter Clarke footballer Paul Comstive footballer Philip Connard artist member of the Royal Academy of Arts Kenneth Cope Coronation Street Randall and Hopkirk Deceased and Brookside actor Richard Corbett MEP Peter Cropper violinist John Culshaw record producer Kenny Dalglish Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish MBE footballer football manager Linda Davidson ex EastEnders actress Josh Earl footballer Souad Faress actress Lord Fearn politician Tommy Fleetwood golfer Paul Gardner footballer Four of the five members of the Mercury Prize winning band Gomez Alan Groves footballer Fran Halsall swimmer Ollie Halsall guitarist Frank Hampson artist creator of Dan Dare Alan Hansen footballer television pundit Margaret Harker photographer historian of photography and the UK s first woman professor of photography Tim Hetherington British photojournalist and film maker killed in Libya during the 2011 Libyan Civil War Martin Hodge footballer Anthony Holden writer Jan Holden actress Tony Jordan ex EastEnders writer Michael Weston King musician Lapsley musician Renny Lister actress David Lonsdale actor Lee Mack comedian Ginger McCain racehorse trainer Neil McDermott ex EastEnders actor David Mitchell author Eddie Mosscrop footballer Anna Passey Hollyoaks actress Wilfred Pickles actor and broadcaster Albert Pierrepoint executioner hangman Ryan Prescott Coronation Street and ex Emmerdale and Doctors actor Keith Pring footballer Anthony Quayle actor Arthur Richardson VC Miranda Richardson actress Jackie Rimmer footballer Jimmy Rimmer footballer Michael Rimmer 800m athlete Stuart Rimmer footballer William Rimmer composer and conductor Adele Roberts DJ and reality star Jack Rodwell footballer Tony Rodwell footballer Graham Rowe footballer G B Samuelson pioneer of British cinema Alexei Sayle stand up comedian actor author and former recording artist Kenneth Siviter cricketer Lee Slattery golfer Doris Speed MBE Coronation Street actress Adrian Scott Stokes painter Leonard Stokes architect A J P Taylor historian Shaun Teale footballer 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 mathematicianFamous animals and entities EditRed Rum record breaking racehorse and three time winner of the Aintree Grand National 91 Eagle a comic for boys started in Southport 92 See also Edit North West England portal Corgi Motorcycle Co Ltd Southport UK Parliament constituency Southport Corporation Tramways Southport power stationReferences Edit Southport is made up of seven wards How do you define a true Sandgrounder Southport Visiter Retrieved 27 March 2016 Coordinate Distance Calculator boulter com Retrieved 8 March 2016 Neighbourhood Statistics Check Browser Settings Neighbourhood statistics gov uk Retrieved 12 March 2015 a b North Meols and Southport a History Chapter 9 Peter Aughton 1988 Longest Piers in the British Isles National Piers Society Archived from the original on 9 April 2008 Retrieved 12 April 2008 Sefton Coast JNCC Retrieved 29 November 2015 Unitary Authority Sefton Site Name Sefton Coast PDF Natural England Retrieved 29 November 2015 Chisholm Hugh ed 1911 Southport Encyclopaedia Britannica 25 11th ed Cambridge University Press p 515 Southport Air Show Official Sefton Council Retrieved 1 August 2006 Welcome to Englands Golf Coast Retrieved 12 March 2015 Mersey Reporter Home Page 87 III Roman Coin Hoards PDF Lancaster University Retrieved 29 November 2015 Lancashire OnLine Parish Clerk Project Parish of North Meols Lan opc org uk Retrieved 12 March 2015 Tarleton Rev Bulpit Heskethbank com Retrieved 12 March 2015 Southport by historian Alan Taylor part1 YouTube Retrieved 12 March 2015 English Seaside Piers Southport Pier Theheritagetrail co uk Archived from the original on 27 April 2015 Retrieved 12 March 2015 Newspaper report of the wreck of the Mexico Ducatez Andree 2018 Valenciennes 1914 1918 journal d Andree Ducatez pp empl 581 ISBN 978 1979172233 Southport Lifeboat Welcome Southport Offshore Rescue Trust Southport Lifeboats Southport Search and Rescue southport lifeboat co uk Hartwell Clare Pevsner Nikolaus 2009 1969 Lancashire North The Buildings of England New Haven and London 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report reports ofsted gov uk Archived from the original on 12 June 2018 Retrieved 9 June 2018 Duffy Tom 5 January 2016 Southport s KGV college receives another poor Ofsted report Retrieved 9 June 2018 a b c d Federation of Family History Societies 1987 Local Newspapers ISBN 0 907099 46 7 a b Federation of Family History Societies 1987 Local Newspapers ISBN 0 907099 46 7 Published from date only Published in UK as the UK s only web based newspaper in January 2005 in hard copy magazine called Web Pages Made Easy and on the Trade Mark Register as a newspaper patent gov uk No 2292469 Hollis PR amp Media Guide 2006 ISBN 1 904193 25 0 UK ISSN 1364 9000 Southport Rugby Football Club Pitchero The Arnold Years PDF 24 hour yacht race video Archived from the original on 16 August 2007 Sefton Home sefton gov uk Cycling England dft gov uk Archived from the original on 3 October 2009 Mersey Reporter amp Southport Reporter News page southportreporter com Southport Reporter News southportreporter com Further reading EditAughton Peter 1988 North Meols and Southport A History Carnegie Press ISBN 0 948789 17 4 Braham Michael Wilde Geoff 1995 The Sandgrounders The Complete League History of 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 The Growth of a Lancashire Seaside Suburb 1850 1912 Birkdale and Ainsdale Historical Research Society ISBN 0 9510905 1 8 Foster Harry 2000 New Ainsdale The Struggle of a Seaside Suburb 1850 2000 Birkdale and Ainsdale Historical Research Society ISBN 0 9510905 5 0 Foster Harry 2008 Southport A Pictorial History Phillimore amp Co Ltd ISBN 978 0 85033 966 6 Gell Rob 1986 An Illustrated Survey of Railway Stations Between Southport amp 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 Mersey Scandinavian Wirral West 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 978 1 902700 03 8 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 7External links EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Southport Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Southport Official Southport Tourism site Southport Offshore 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