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Birkdale

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"BIRKDALE, a township-chapelry in North Meols parish, Lancashire; on the coast, and on the Southport railway, 1½ mile S of Southport. It has a r. station, several streets, good residences, and boarding-houses; and, in 1869, had greatly increased in pop., and was about to have a sewerage-system and public gardens. Post Town, Southport. Acres, 5,670; of which 3,435 are water. Pop. in 1861, 1,286. Houses, 237. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £380.* Patrons, 'Trustees. The church is recent, and has a spire."

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)

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Archives & Libraries

Local studies information is held at Ormskirk library.

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Census

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Birkdale area is Sefton North.

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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"BIRKDALE, a township and chapelry in the parish of North Meols, hundred of West Derby, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 7 miles to the N.W. of Ormskirk. Southport is its post town. It is situated on the sea-coast, and is a station on the Liverpool and Southport railway The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Chester, value £200, in the patronage of trustees. The church, which has been recently erected, is dedicated to St. James"

1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

"AINSDALE, a hamlet in the chapelry of Formby, parish of Walton-on-the-Hill, and hundred of West Derby, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 11 miles to the N.E. of Liverpool. It is a station on the Southport branch of the Lancashire and Yorkshire railway."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Birkdale was a township in the parish of North Meols.

You can see the administrative areas in which Birkdale has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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Maps

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View maps of Birkdale and places within its boundaries.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD308141 (Lat/Lon: 53.619151, -3.047451), Birkdale which are provided by:

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Birkdale was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.

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Societies

You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.