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Prenton
Prenton (Merseyside)
Prenton

Prenton shown within Merseyside
Population 14,429 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ310866
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°22'20?N 3°02'19?W? / ?53.3721, -3.0385

Prenton 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 of Cheshire. At the 2001 Census, the population of Prenton was 14,429, consisting of 6,787 males and 7,642 females.[1]

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[edit] History

Previously a township in Woodchurch Parish, Wirral Hundred, Prenton was added to Birkenhead civil parish in 1933. The population was 81 in 1801, 99 in 1851 and 412 in 1901.[2]

In August 1940, during the Second World War, a house maid working in Prenton became the first fatality of a bombing raid on Merseyside area.[3] [4]

[edit] Community

Housing is mostly private, and ranges from terraced properties nearer Birkenhead, to large detached villas in the Mountwood conservation area. The major roads were mostly laid out in the early part of the 20th century. Much of the housing is from the Edwardian era and the 1930s, though there are some late Victorian buildings and some modern property.

The main shopping area is on Woodchurch Road (A552), which includes the Sainsbury's, Aldi and Rightway supermarkets. However there are many small shops in other locations such as The Dell housing estate or in nearby Oxton. Sited on the junction of Woodchurch Road and Storeton Road is the 'Halfway House' public house, dating back to at least 1879[5] when the area was a rural hamlet.

Prenton's main claim to fame is Prenton Park, which is the ground of Tranmere Rovers Football Club. Although being named after the area, the ground is actually situated in Tranmere.

[edit] Education

Prenton includes the all-girls' secondary Prenton High School for Girls.

[edit] References

  1. , a b 2001 Census: Prenton. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved on 2 July 2007.
  2. , Cheshire Parishes: Prenton. GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved on 2 July 2007.
  3. , Port Cities: Liverpool 'Blitz' timeline. E. Chambré Hardman Archive. Retrieved on 17 March 2008.
  4. , Boumphrey, Ian (2001). Birkenhead at War: 1939-45. ISBN 1-899241-16-7. 
  5. , Boumphrey, Ian & Marilyn (1992). Yesterday's Wirral (No.7). ISBN 0-9507255-7-9. 

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Areas of Birkenhead

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


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