- Moreton, Merseyside
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Population 17,670 (2001 Census) OS grid reference Metropolitan borough Metropolitan Borough of Wirral Metropolitan county Merseyside Region North West Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town WIRRAL Postcode district CH46 Dialling code 0151 67* Police Merseyside Fire Merseyside Ambulance North West EU Parliament North West England UK Parliament Wallasey List of places: UK • England • Merseyside
Moreton is a town on the north coast of the Wirral Peninsula, England. In the 2001 Census, it had a population of 17,670 (8,370 males, 9,300 females). From 2004, the town was divided between the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral wards of Leasowe & Moreton East and Moreton West & Saughall Massie.
The coast at Moreton is part of a stretch of sand that runs from Meols to Leasowe known as Mockbeggar Wharf, named after Mockbeggar Hall, otherwise known as Leasowe Castle. 'Mockbeggar Hall' is also the name of Moretons Wetherspoons pub (The name Mockbeggar apparently being an old sailors' term for a lone house). The North Wirral Coastal Park also runs for four miles along this coast, including public open space, common land, natural foreshore and sand-dunes. The park provides for a wide variety of recreational activities; some of the more popular being sailing, sea angling, swimming, cycling, picnicking, walking, jogging, ball games, bird watching and horse riding.
The low-lying land behind the coast is protected by a large concrete embankment. Some of the coastal land is in the Moreton Conservation Area and provides important natural habitat. The embankment gives a good view at low tide to see a variety of wading birds. There are also good views of the Bidston Hill, Caldy Hill, the Welsh Hills, and out over the Irish Sea.
Moreton Christ Church CofE Primary School, located on Upton Road, is a Church of England school that educates around 375 pupils in ages 4-11. It was opened, as the 'Moreton Church of England School', in 1861 in the centre of Moreton. It was established in its current location in 1974.
Moreton is also known for being the home of the Burton's factory, producer of Cadbury's biscuits and now owned by Street Capital. Manor Bakeries, the former Cadbury's cakes department, (now owned by Premier Foods Group) is located in the town at Reeds Lane, near to Leasowe railway station.
Moreton is also home to Typhoo Tea, with the factory which manufactures Typhoo, being located next to the Burton's factory.
Until the 1990s, Bristol-Myers Squibb was also a major employer to the local workforce, with a large factory located on the opposite side of Reeds Lane to Burton's, next to Leasowe Station. However, in the mid-90s, manufacturing was moved out of Moreton which led to the closure of the factory. At the same time, there was actually heavy investment into modern drug development and research labs on the site, which are still operated by Bristol-Myers Squibb, with further investment in the past 5 years.
Moreton witnessed the world's first commercial passenger and mail hovercraft service. The service ran from Leasowe to Rhyl and commenced 20 July 1962. However, due to varying reasons including bad weather and technical difficulties the service was cancelled after its final journey on 14 September 1962.
There are two stations serving Moreton, these are Moreton and Leasowe. Both stations are on the West Kirby branch of the Wirral Line and see direct services operated by Merseyrail to West Kirby and Liverpool Central via Birkenhead. Both Leasowe and Moreton offer park and ride facilities.
Services operating in the Moreton area, as of January 2009:
Number Route Operator Days of Operation 17 Moreton-Clatterbridge Avon Buses Monday-Friday 18 Moreton-Birkenhead Avon Buses Monday-Friday N23 Moreton-Liverpool Arriva North West Saturday night/Sunday morning 38/38A West Kirby-New Ferry First Chester & The Wirral Monday-Saturday 83/83A West Kirby-Birkenhead Avon Buses Monday-Friday 106 Moreton-Liscard A1A Travel Monday-Saturday 107 Moreton-New Brighton Arriva North West Monday-Saturday mornings 117 Moreton-Clatterbridge Arriva North West Saturdays 181 Leasowe-Arrowe Park Hospital A1A Travel Monday-Saturday 186 Eastham Ferry-Leasowe Avon Buses Evenings and Sundays 203 Seacombe-Birkenhead A1A Travel (Sun mornings) and Arriva North West (Sat evenings) Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings 207 Woodside-New Brighton Arriva North West Monday-Saturday mornings 208 New Brighton-Woodside Arriva North West Monday-Saturday mornings 403/413 Seacombe/Liscard-Woodside Arriva North West Monday-Saturday 407 Moreton-Liverpool Arriva North West Monday-Saturday 423 Seacombe-Liverpool Arriva North West Evenings and Sundays 807 Leasowe-Bromborough Cumfybus Monday-Friday mornings and evenings 811 Leasowe-Broughton Cumfybus Monday-Friday 901 Moreton-Leasowe A2B Travel Monday-Sunday
- ^ a b Wirral 2001 Census: Moreton, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, http://www.wirral.gov.uk/factsandfigures/census2001/oneward2recset.asp?ref=TS24, retrieved 14 January 2008
- ^ Leasowe Lighthouse, visitwirral.com, http://www.visitwirral.com/site/attractions/leasowe-lighthouse-p44212?listingurl=%2Fsite%2Fattractions%2Fsearchresults%3Frp%3D3%26src%5Fname%3D%26posted%3D1%26src%5Fcategory%3D%26x%3D103%26src%5Farea%3D%26y%3D13, retrieved 14 January 2008
- ^ Leasowe Lighthouse: A Wirral Highlight, Friends of Leasowe Lighthouse, http://www.leasowelighthouse.co.uk/, retrieved 14 January 2008
- Metropolitan Borough of Wirral: North Wirral Coastal Park
- Photos and details of Leasowe Castle and lighthouse
- Reminiscences and photos
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