Infobox UK place
country = England
latitude = 53.63999
longitude = -2.97307
map_type = Merseyside
official_name = Blowick
metropolitan_borough = Sefton
region = North West England
constituency_westminster = Southport
post_town = SOUTHPORT
postcode_area = PR
postcode_district = PR8
dial_code = 01704
os_grid_reference = SD357163
static_image_caption = The view down Cobden Road, looking towards the gasometer
Blowick is a suburb of the town of
Southport, Merseyside, England.
History and etymology
Blowick is part of the ancient parish of
North Meolsand was formerly a detached settlement, on the northern fringe of what is now Southport.
The name derives from the
Old Norsename "Bla Vik" meaning "dark bay" as it was located at the end of a large inlet on the ancient lake of Martin Merecalled "The Wyke". There are historically two Blowicks: Higher Blowick, situated around what is now the junction of Everard Road and Southbank Road, and Lower Blowick (Butts Lane, Norwood Road, etc.), which is the area around what locals tend to refer to now as simply Blowick.
gasometeron Crowland Street is the tallest building on the Southport skyline, visible from as far afield as Blackpooland Parbold. The largest tower was decommissioned in January 2008, due to an environmental risk posed by the storage of oil within it. In September 2008, National Grid announced that two of the three gas towers would be dismantled by August 2009, with the fate of the smallest tower remaining uncertain. The news has met with mixed reactions from local residents, though the gasometer was voted one of the North West’s biggest eyesores in a competition run by the BBC. [cite web|url=http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/southport-news/southport-southport-news/2008/09/12/blowick-s-famous-gasometer-is-to-be-demolished-101022-21801684/|title=Blowick’s famous gasometer is to be demolished|accessdate=2008-09-17|last=Siddle|first=John|work=Southport Visiter|date=2008-09-12]
The Thatch & Thistle is a
thatched public houseon Norwood Road. Known for a time as The Thatch Inn, the pub closed on 21 August 2008 after Cains Brewerywent into administration, but reopened the following day under new management. [cite web|url=http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/southport-news/southport-southport-news/2008/08/29/thatch-inn-bounces-back-from-cains-crisis-with-new-name-and-big-changes-101022-21627888/|title=Thatch Inn bounces back from Cains crisis with new name and big changes|accessdate=2008-09-17|last=Alcock|first=Robert|work=Southport Visiter|date=2008-08-29] Haig Avenuefootball stadium, the home of Southport F.C., is also located in Blowick.
The area has a
secondary schoolnamed Meols Cop High School and a sixth form collegenamed King George V College. The former was previously a secondary modern schooland the latter a grammar school.
Blowick is served by
Meols Cop railway stationon Northern Rail's Manchester to Southport Line. The station opened in 1887, originally as part of the Liverpool, Southport and Preston Junction Railway. In years gone by, Blowick had a further two railway stations: stnlnk|Butts Lane Halt (closed 1938), also on the Liverpool, Southport and Preston Junction Railway, and Blowick railway station(closed 1939) on the Manchester and Southport Railway. [cite book|author=Gell, Rob|year=1986|title=An Illustrated Survey of Railway Stations Between Southport & Liverpool 1848-1986|publisher=Heyday Publishing Company|isbn=0-947562-04-4]
* [http://www.kgv.ac.uk/ King George V College]
* [http://www.meolscophighschool.co.uk/ Meols Cop High School]
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