Waterloo, Merseyside

Waterloo, Merseyside

infobox UK place
country= England
latitude= 53.4789
longitude= -3.0315
official_name= Waterloo
metropolitan_borough= Sefton
region= North West England
metropolitan_county= Merseyside
post_town= LIVERPOOL
postcode_district= L22
postcode_area= L
os_grid_reference= SJ315985

static_image_caption=Waterloo Town Hall

Waterloo is an area of the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, on Merseyside, England.


Historically part of Lancashire and originally an area of Crosby, named Crosby Seabank, it consisted mostly of sandhills and fields. One of the first major buildings in the area was opened on 18 June, 1816, the first anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and was named the "Royal Waterloo Hotel" in honour of the event. Gradually, as population increased and the area became an identifiable location, it became known as Waterloo. Some of the buildings in Waterloo for example, the Potters Barn park buildings are replicas of the ones found in Waterloo, Belgium. Ironically, the name Waterloo was dropped from the original building, which still stands, and it is now known simply as the Royal Hotel.


Waterloo was included in the urban district of Waterloo with Seaforth, and subsequently became part of the municipal borough of Crosby in 1937. In 1974 the whole of Crosby became part of the newly created Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.


It is a residential district of Edwardian and Victorian villas and terraces, with shops and restaurants and a series of parks facing the sea - built as a job creation scheme in the 30's depression.

The Iron Men

The beach at Waterloo, which stretches right along the coast past Crosby and Hightown, is the permanent home of Anthony Gormley's 'Iron Men' - officially entitled Another Place. There were originally 100 life-sized statues on the beach, each a cast of Gormley himself, but 13 have been removed to open the river Alt to small craft. They are easily reached on foot from Waterloo station.


The district is served by Waterloo railway station, and is connected to Liverpool by the "Dock Road".

Notable residents

*J. Bruce Ismay
*Edward Smith
*Cherie Booth


Waterloo was home to Waterloo rugby club who took their name from the area having played there from 1884 until 1892 before moving back to Blundellsands. In 1992, they famously defeated then English champions and cup holders Bath 9-8 in a fourth round cup tie.

Links with Sierra Leone

A local charity, the Waterloo Partnership fundraises locally for Waterloo in Sierra Leone [ [http://www.waterloopartnership.co.uk/ The Waterloo Partnership. Two Waterloos, One Hope ] ] .


External links

* [http://liverpoolstreetgallery.com/thumbnails.php?album=17 Liverpool Street gallery - Liverpool 22]
* [http://www.yourwaterloo.co.uk/ your waterloo, local website]

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