Great Crosby


Great Crosby

Great Crosby, commonly known simply as Crosby is a suburb of Sefton on the outskirts of Liverpool, in Merseyside, North West England. It is historically part of Lancashire.

History

Great Crosby was a small village of Viking origin until the arrival of the railway in the 1840s. The village grew rapidly during the late 19th and early 20th century and merged with a number of distinct areas with their own character, to form the Great Crosby urban district. These areas included:
* "Crosby Village", the main area for shopping, pubs and restaurants
* Blundellsands, a middle class residential area close to the seafront
* Brigton-le-Sands
* Thornton, a residential area of semi-detached and detached housing which dates mainly from the 1930s.

The Great Crosby urban district annexed Little Crosby in 1932. In 1937, the district was combined with the urban districts of Waterloo with Seaforth to form the municipal borough of Crosby. This in turn was absorbed into the new Metropolitan Borough of Sefton on 1 April 1974.

Amenities

Crosby has a cinema,the Plaza Community Cinema, which is run by volunteers, three fee-paying schools (Merchant Taylors' Boys' School , Merchant Taylors' Girls' School, and St Mary's College), a number of comprehensives (including Sacred Heart Catholic College) and pleasant parks facing the sea.

Set in the Moor Park area, close to the heart of the old village, is the Northern Club, one of the finest multi-sporting clubs in the North West.

Transport

Most residents commute to Liverpool either by car, bus or by train from Blundellsands & Crosby and Hall Road stations, located on the Northern Line of the Merseyrail network.

Notable residents

Famous residents of Crosby have included:
* Cherie Booth, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair
* the composer Simon Rattle
* footballer Kenny Dalglish
* footballer Steve McManaman
* writer Helen Forrester
* broadcaster Anne Robinson

ee also

*Congregational Church, Great Crosby
*Crosby, Merseyside
*Little Crosby
*Sefton, Merseyside
*Crosby Beach

External links

* [http://www.northernclub.co.uk/ The Northern Club - Crosby's own superb multi-sport complex ]


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