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Bidston (Merseyside)

Bidston shown within Merseyside
Population 10,446 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ284900
Metropolitan borough Wirral
Metropolitan county Merseyside
Region North West
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PRENTON
Postcode district CH43
Dialling code 0151
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
European Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Birkenhead
List of places: UKEnglandMerseyside

Coordinates: 53°24'08?N 3°04'42?W? / ?53.4021, -3.0783

Bidston is a suburb of Birkenhead, on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, England. Administratively, it is also a ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. Before local government reorganisation on 1 April 1974, it was part of the County Borough of Birkenhead, within the geographical county of Cheshire. At the 2001 census, the population of Bidston was 10,446, consisting of 4,725 males and 5,721 females.[1]


[edit] Description

Located close to the M53 motorway, the village of Bidston is situated on a hill, with an elevation of approximately 60 metres above sea level. Bidston is a mixture of the well-preserved Bidston Village, Bidston Hill, the industrial estate Bidston Moss and a modern housing estate.

The area has one of the largest Tesco supermarkets on the Wirral, situated at Bidston Moss.

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Bidston Hill comprises 100 acres of heathland and woodland maintained by Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council as a nature reserve and public park. The land was purchased in stages from 1894 to 1908 by Birkenhead Corporation from local landowner Lord Vyner. It is the site of Bidston Windmill, built around 1800 and Bidston Observatory, owned by the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory. The hill also contains a number of ancient rock carvings, including that of a Sun Goddess thought to have been carved by the Norse-Irish around 1000 AD.[2]

Tam O'Shanter Cottage was believed to be built about 300 years ago. Its name derives from a stone carving of the poem Tam O'Shanter by Robert Burns, which adorns a wall on the site. In 1950, the building was recognised as having special historical interest for preservation. Despite two fires and threats of demolition in 1954 and 1975, the cottage was rebuilt and restored in the mid 1970s. Four acres around the cottage were developed as a city farm in 1986, known as the Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm.[3]

Opposite the cottage is Flaybrick Memorial Gardens, Birkenhead's first municipal cemetery.[4] The grounds encompass an arboretum and nature trails.

[edit] Transport

The locality is served by Bidston railway station. Trains operate to Liverpool and West Kirby on the Wirral Line of the Merseyrail network and to Wrexham on the Borderlands Line.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. , a b 2001 Census: Bidston. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved on 2 July 2007.
  2. , Bidston Hill. Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. Retrieved on 2 July 2007.
  3. , Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm. Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. Retrieved on 2 July 2007.
  4. , Flaybrick Memorial Gardens: History. Retrieved on 18 March 2008.

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Areas of Birkenhead

Bidston | Claughton | Noctorum | Oxton | Prenton | Rock Ferry | Tranmere | Woodchurch | Woodside

(Source: Wikipedia)
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