- Waterloo, Merseyside
infobox UK place
region= North West England
static_image_caption=Waterloo Town Hall
Waterloo is an area of the
Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, on Merseyside, England.
Historically part of
Lancashireand 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 districtof Waterloo with Seaforth, and subsequently became part of the municipal boroughof Crosbyin 1937. In 1974 the whole of Crosby became part of the newly created Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.
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
Liverpoolby the "Dock Road".
J. Bruce Ismay
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 Partnershipfundraises locally for Waterloo in Sierra Leone[ [http://www.waterloopartnership.co.uk/ The Waterloo Partnership. Two Waterloos, One Hope ] ] .
* [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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