infobox UK place
country = England
region= North West England
Knowsley North and Sefton East
postcode_district = L9, L10
Aintree is a
villageand civil parishin Sefton, Merseyside. It lies between Walton and Maghullon the A59 road, about convert|6.5|mi|km|1|lk=on north of Liverpoolcity centre, in the northwest of England.
It is best known as the site of
Aintree Racecourse, which since the 19th century has staged the Grand Nationalhorse race. During the 1950s and '60s, there was also a three-mile-long motor racingcircuit on the site, which used the same grandstands as the horse race. A shorter form of the racing circuit is still used for various events, although car racing ceased in 1982.
The name Aintree, thought to be of Saxon origin, means "one tree" or "tree standing alone." In 1999, the parish council decided to revert back to its original name of Aintree Village; this request was granted by Sefton Council. Local legend held that a tree on Bull Bridge Lane, one of the oldest parts of the village, was "the Ain tree"; sadly, it had to be cut down in 2004 because the tree had become diseased.
The village itself has two
primary schools, Aintree Davenhill and the split site, Holy Rosary; five churches, St. Giles( Anglican), Holy Rosary ( Roman Catholic), Old Roan MethodistChurch, Old Roan Baptist Church (which meets in Davenhill School), and Aintree Village Family Church (a Baptist church, meeting at St. Giles Church); two small local shopping areas (on Altway and at the Old Roan); and three public houses, the Blue Anchor (which backs onto the Leeds and Liverpool Canal), the Village Inn (formerly the Valentine, named after a fence on the racecourse), and the Old Roan, which gives its name to a railway station in the village. The village also has a public library. A retail park along Ormskirk Road on former industrial land has brought a significant number of major out-of-town shops to the area.
Aintree Davenhill Primary School has a large field with a metal building that was built in the 1950's. The building was going to be a hospital building, but was turned into a school. The classrooms are along corridors that were originally going to be hospital wards.
Holy Rosary Primary School has a small field and uses other fields for events, such as their Sports Day. The building was built in the 1970s and 1980s.
Unusual for racecourses or circuits, the site of Aintree Racecourse is split by Melling Road; Grand Prix cars (and Grand National horses) have to cross the (closed) public road twice on each trip.
The main road from
Liverpoolto Aintree is the A59 (known as OrmskirkRoad as it passes through Aintree). The M57, M58, A59, and A5036 meet at a complex junction called Switch Island, between Aintree and Maghull.
The village is closer to
Old Roan railway station, although Aintree railway stationis convenient for the racecourse, both on the MerseyrailNorthern Line's Ormskirk branch, with regular service between Liverpool Central and Ormskirk.
In the past, it was also served by
Aintree Central railway stationon the North Liverpool Extension Line, located behind Aintree railway station. The North Mersey Branchalso runs through, close to the station, and had Aintree Racecourse railway station.
Bus services through the village itself are regular: a bus every 20 minutes to
Liverpoolruns through the village, while various other routes to Liverpool and destinations to the north—including Maghull, Ormskirk, and Southport—stop near the Old Roan.
Leeds and Liverpool Canalruns through the village.
* [http://liverpoolstreetgallery.com/thumbnails.php?album=19 Liverpool Street Gallery - Liverpool 9]
* [http://liverpoolstreetgallery.com/thumbnails.php?album=12 Liverpool Street Gallery - Liverpool 10]
* [http://www.aintree.co.uk/ Aintree Racecourse]
* [http://aintreevpc.merseyside.org/history/history.html Aintree Village Parish Council Local History]
* [http://www.stgilesaintree.org.uk/ St. Giles Parish Church]
* [http://liverpoolmotorclub.com Liverpool Motor Club]
* [http://aintreemotorcycleracingclub.co.uk Aintree Motorcycle Racing Club]
* [http://www.multimap.com/map/photo.cgi?client=public&X=338034&Y=398617&width=700&height=410&gride=337892.461920096&gridn=398471.344782586&srec=0&coordsys=gb&db=freegaz&pc=&zm=0&out.x=5&out.y=9&scale=10000 Multimap.com Aerial photograph]
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