About Knowsley - Liverpool City Region
The Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley was created in 1974 and derives its name from an area within called Knowsley Village. Historically a part of Lancashire, it is home to Knowsley Business Park, Knowsley Hall and Knowsley Safari Park. The main settlements include Kirkby Town, Huyton Town, Halewood Town, Stockbridge Village, Whiston Village, Knowsley Village, Prescot Town and Cronton Village.
Kirkby is a town situated 6 miles north-east of Liverpool city and has a scouse population of around 40,000 people. It has a great heritage with regards to boxing and football in the town, having produced many professional boxers and footballers in its short existance as a large town. Producing: former World Boxing Champions John Conteh and Paul Hodkinson; Everton players such as Alan Stubbs, Leighton Baines and Ladies Captain Michelle Hinnigan; Liverpool players such as Phil Thompson, Rickie Lambert, Phil Boersma and Terry McDermott. Quite fitting that the town is now home to the youth academy of Liverpool Football Club.
Huyton Town is part of the Liverpool Urban Area sharing its borders with the Liverpool suburbs of Dovecot, Belle Vale, Knotty Ash and has close associations with its neighbour, the village of Roby. Like the rest of Knowsley, Huyton has a strong support for both Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs. The town has a scouse population of around 33,000 people and is a hot-bed for talent. It has produced many famous Musicians, Comedians and Actors. As well as professional footballers like Steven Gerrard, Peter Reid and Tony Hibbert,
Halewood is a town that lies near the city of Liverpool's southeastern boundary, it is bordered by the suburbs of Netherley, Hunt's Cross and Woolton. It has a population of around 20,000 and has strong roots with the car manufacturing industry. It is also home to Everton Football Club's Finch Farm training ground and youth academy, the state-of-the-art facility was built in 2007 on the eastern edge of Halewood.
Formally known as the 'Cantril Farm' estate, Stockbridge Village has a population of around 12,000 people. It has produced many famous individuals since it was built in the 1960s, with footballers, comedians and a host of musicians including the band 'The Farm' emanating from the estate.
Whiston is a large village with a population of around 14,000 people. The village has close associations with the neighbouring town of Prescot. Whiston is served by 'Whiston Railway Station' which runs along the Liverpool to Manchester Railway. St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust operates Whiston Hospital. The hospital supports the primary maternity department for the Knowsley and St Helens boroughs, alongside a regional Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit serving the whole of the North West England, North Wales and the Isle of Man. The Trust is member organisation of the teaching hospital system partnered with the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Edge Hill University.
Knowsley Village is a large village with a population of around 11,000 people. It borders Huyton, Stockbridge village and Knowsley Safari Park. The latter is a main attraction for the area, with visitors regularly arriving from all over the United Kingdom to see the many animals such as Lions, Monkeys and Elephants.
Prescot is a town with a population of around 11,000 people and became a part of the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley in 1974. Historically part of Lancashire, it lies approximately eight miles to the east of Liverpool city centre. Prescot marks the beginning of the A58 road which runs through to Wetherby in West Yorkshire. The town is served by Prescot railway station and Eccleston Park railway station.
Smaller settlements in Knowsley
Smaller settlements in Knowsley include Roby Village and Cronton Village. Roby Village has a population of around 9,000 people and is effectively a dormitory village or suburb of the neighbouring City of Liverpool. It has close ties with the neighbouring town of Huyton, both of which were a part of the former 'Huyton with Roby Urban District'. Cronton Village is a smaller village just north of Widnes with a population of just 1,000 people.