infobox UK place
country= England
latitude= 53.3387
longitude= -3.0954
map_type= Merseyside
official_name= Pensby
shire_county= Merseyside
population= 6,900 (2001 Census}citeweb|url=|title=Wirral 2001 Census: Pensby|work=Metropolitan Borough of Wirral|accessdate=10 May|accessyear=2007]
shire_district= Wirral
region= North West England
constituency_westminster= Wirral West
post_town= WIRRAL
postcode_district= CH61
postcode_area= CH
dial_code= 0151 648
os_grid_reference= SJ271829
Pensby is a large village on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, England, located to the north east of Heswall. It is part of the Pensby & Thingwall Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral and is situated within the parliamentary constituency of Wirral West. At the 2001 Census, the population of the village was 6,900 ] and the total population for the ward was 13,314. [citeweb|url=|title=2001 Census: Pensby & Thingwall (Ward)|work=Office for National Statistics|accessdate=10 May|accessyear=2007]


The name Pensby comes from Old Norse, meaning a village or settlement at a hill called "Penn".citebook|last=Sulley|first=Philip|title=The Wirral Hundred|date=1889 ] The "by" suffix, included in neighbouring place names such as Frankby, Greasby, and Irby, is believed to be Viking in origin.

Pensby was originally a village in Woodchurch Parish, Wirral Hundred. The population was 22 in 1801, 48 in 1901 and 2,996 in 1951. [citeweb|url=|work=GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy|title=Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Pensby|accessdate=11 March|accessyear=2007]

Lower Pensby was previously known as Newtown. This was due to the building of new houses around the turn of the 20th century at the crossroads of Pensby Road and Gills Lane. [citebook|title=Arwe: The Story of Arrowe, Pensby and the Liverpool Slave Trade|first=Greg|last=Dawson|date=1994|publisher=Dawson Publishing|isbn=0-9522598-1-8]

On 1 April 1974, local government reorganisation in England and Wales resulted in most of Wirral, including Pensby, transfer from the county of Cheshire to Merseyside.


Pensby's primary schools are Ladymount RC Primary, Pensby Park Primary and Pensby Infants and Junior schools (also known as Green Bank). Pensby Infants and Junior Schools are to combine due to falling pupil numbers.Fact|date=July 2008 The local secondary schools are Pensby High School for Boys, which was renamed Pensby Sports College in 2005 by the Department for Education and Skills, [citeweb|url=|title=Pensby Sports College|accessdate=11 March|accessyear=2007] and Pensby High School for Girls.


The famous Everton FC footballer Dixie Dean played for FC Pensby in his early days, on the fields at the side of Gills Lane. He was sold to Tranmere Rovers for the fee of a new kit for the team. [citeweb|url=|title=Everton History - Dixie Dean||accessdate=18 March|accessyear=2008]


External links

* [ Irby Thurstaston & Pensby Amenity Society]

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