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—  Town  —
Lord Street

Coat of Arms of Southport
Motto: "Salus Populi" "Safety to the People"
Southport shown within the North West of England.
Coordinates: 53°39′N 3°0′W / 53.65°N 3°W / 53.65; -3
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Merseyside
Admin HQ Southport
Founded 1792
 - Type Metropolitan borough
 - Governing body Metropolitan Borough of Sefton
 - Borough constituency Southport
Population (2001 Census)
 - Total 91,404
 - Demonym Sandgrounder
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 - Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
Postcode PR
Area code(s) 01704

Southport (pronounced /ˈsaʊθˌpɔrt/) is a seaside town within the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, in Merseyside, England. During the 2001 census Southport had a population of 91,404, making it the twelfth largest settlement in North West England. The demonym of Southport is Sandgrounder.

Southport lies on the Irish Sea coast of North West England and is fringed to the north by the Ribble estuary. The town lies north to the city of Liverpool at 16.5 miles (26.6 km) and also 14.8 miles (23.8 km) west-southwest of the city of Preston. Extensive sand dunes stretch for several kilometres between Birkdale and Woodvale to the south of the town. The Ainsdale sand dunes have been designated as a National Nature Reserve in England and a Ramsar site. Local fauna include the Natterjack toad and the Sand lizard.[1][2]

Historically a part of Lancashire, the town in its present form was founded in 1792 when a hotel was built at what now is the south end of Lord Street. At that time the area was sparsely populated and was dominated by sandunes. During the turn of the 19th centary the area became poupular with tourists due to the easy access from the nearby Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the town quickly grew. The rapid growth of Southport largely coincided with the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian era. Town attractions include Southport Pier, the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isles,[3] and Lord Street, an elegant tree-lined shopping street once home of Napoleon III of France,[4]

The town contains examples of Victorian architecture and town planning. These can be mostly found on Lord Street and the surrounding areas. A particular feature of the town is the extensive tree planting. This was one of the conditions required by the Hesketh family when they made land available for development in the 19th century. Hesketh Park at the northern end of the town is named after the Hesketh family, having been built on land donated by Rev. Charles Hesketh.[5]

Southport today is still one of the most poupular seaside resorts in the UK. It hosts varied events including an annual air show,[6] and the largest independant flower show in the UK. The town is at the centre of England's Golf Coast[7] and has hosted The Open Championship at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in the past.



Plaque dedicated to William Sutton, located on the corner of Duke Street, Southport.

Southport, in its present form, was founded by William Sutton ("The Mad Duke") in 1792. However, there have been settlements in the area for much longer than that. The Northern part of the town, now known as Churchtown), was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and some areas of the town have names of Viking origin.[8]

Southport grew quickly in the 19th century as it gained a reputation for being a more refined seaside resort than its neighbour-up-the-coast Blackpool. The permanent funfair, Pleasureland closed in late 2006, but has since been re-opened under new management.

Southport's suburbs are built around, and still named after, the old villages of the area. From north to south, the districts are: Crossens, Marshside, Churchtown, Blowick, Birkdale, Hillside, Ainsdale, and Woodvale; home to RAF Woodvale.[9] The town of Formby is south of Southport, with Hightown and Liverpool further southward, along the A565 road.

Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte lived in exile on Lord Street,[10] the main thoroughfare of Southport, between 1846 and 1848, before returning to France, where he became President and subsequently Emperor of the French. During his reign, he caused much of the medieval centre of Paris to be replaced with broad tree-lined boulevards, covered walkways and arcades, just like Lord Street. On the strength of this coincidence, it has been suggested that the redevelopment may have been inspired by memories of Southport's town centre.[11]

Memorial to the crew of the "Eliza Fernley" lifeboat, in Duke Street Cemetery, Southport.

On the night of the 9 December 1886, the worst lifeboat disaster in the history of the UK occurred off the shores of Southport. A cargo ship called the Mexico[12] was on its way to South America when it found itself in difficulty. Lifeboats from Lytham, St. Annes and Southport set off in order to try and rescue those aboard the vessel. The crews battled against storm-force winds as they rowed towards the casualty. The entire crew from the St. Anne’s boat was lost and all but two of the Southport crew were too. In all, 28 lifeboatmen lost their lives on that night, leaving many widows and fatherless children. A memorial was erected in Duke Street Cemetery and a permanent exhibition can be seen in the Museum of the Botanic Gardens in Churchtown, Southport. Mexico was just one of many shipwrecks in the Southport area.

In 1925, the RNLI abandoned the station at Southport and left the town with no lifeboat. However, in the late 1980s, after a series of unfortunate tragedies, local families from Southport started to raise funds and eventually bought a new lifeboat for the town stationed at the old RNLI lifeboat house.[13] The lifeboat is completely independent from the RNLI and receives no money from them. Instead it relies entirely on donations from the public.

Southport Pier is a Grade II listed structure in Southport, Merseyside, England. At 3,650 feet (1112 m) it is the second longest in Great Britain after Southend Pier.


Politically, Southport is a stronghold of the Liberal Democrats with the Conservative Party also strong in some areas. John Pugh is Southport's current Member of Parliament.[14]



Southport lies within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire, and was incorporated as municipal borough in 1866. It became a county borough independent of the administrative county of Lancashire in 1915, having reached the minimum 50,000 population (the 1911 census gave a figure of 51,643). The Birkdale Urban District, including the parishes of Birkdale and Ainsdale was added to Southport in 1912.


Under the 1971 Local Government White Paper, presented in February 1971, Southport would have lost its county borough status, becoming a non-metropolitan district within Lancashire. Rather than accept this fate and lose its separate education and social services departments, Southport Corporation lobbied for inclusion in the nearby planned metropolitan county of Merseyside, to join with Bootle and other units to form a district with the 250,000 required population. It was duly included in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.[15]

This decision has been regretted by some of the population. A recurring local political issue has been the cross-party movement campaigning for Southport to leave Sefton and form its own unitary authority, perhaps adjoined to the neighbouring West Lancashire authority. Support for this has been seen amongst Liberal Democrat councillors,[16] and also within the Southport Conservative Party.[17]

In 1980, a Private Member's Bill proposed restoring Southport to Lancashire, and renaming the residue of Sefton to the Metropolitan Borough of Bootle. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England conducted a review of the area in 1987, which attracted 10,000 messages, of which "70% were pro forma". In 1990 the LGBC made suggestions that Southport, Ainsdale and Birkdale should be made a district of Lancashire: the final recommendations in 1991 "concluded that public opinion was more evenly divided than initially thought", and also that eastward transport links with Lancashire were poor compared to those southward to the Liverpool area.


The government again directed the Local Government Commission for England to make a review in December 1996 (after it had finished the work on the creation of unitary authorities), commencing in January 1997. This review was constrained by the legal inability of the commission to recommend that the current Sefton-West Lancashire border be altered. In an MORI poll conducted at the behest of the LGCE, 65% of Southport residents supported the campaign, compared to 37% in the borough as a whole. Local MPs Matthew Banks and Ronnie Fearn (MPs for Southport at various times) supported making Southport a unitary authority, with Banks wishing to see it tied to Lancashire ceremonially, but Fearn wishing to see it remain, as a separate borough, in Merseyside.

The commission noted that Southport would have a relatively low population for a unitary authority, even including Formby (89,300 or 114,700), and that it was worried about the viability of a south Sefton authority without Southport, and therefore recommended the status quo be kept. However, the commission suggested the use of area committees for the various parts of the borough and also that Southport could become a civil parish.[18] Another request made in 2004 was turned down, the Electoral Commission must request such a review).

In 2002, a local independent party calling themselves the Southport Party was established, with many members supporting a policy of "Southport out of Sefton". Three council seats were won in the 2002 local elections, including that of the leader of Sefton Council, Liberal Democrat Councillor, David Bamber. At the following election there were no gains and a drop in the number of votes for the party. At the all out election in 2004, 1 of their councillors stood down, whilst the other 2 lost their seats. They have not regained any seats, although the group retains a campaigning presence in the town.[citation needed]

To date, there have been no further moves to change Sefton's boundaries, but the Boundary Commission indicated in 2004 that a future review is possible:

"whether or not structural change takes place in accordance with our recommendations, the boundaries between or within Sefton and West Lancashire could be reviewed at a later stage to address these long-standing boundary concerns."[19]


At 53°38′43.44″N 3°0′29.88″W / 53.6454°N 3.0083°W / 53.6454; -3.0083 the town is situated in North West England. The closest cities are Preston approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the north east and Liverpool approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the south.

Existing on the West Lancashire Coastal Plain, most of the town is only slightly above sea-level and thus parts of Southport used to be susceptible to flooding. This would be most frequently noticed on Southport's Marine Drive, which was regularly closed due to flooding from high tides. But in February 1997, new sea defences started being constructed and in 2002 the whole project was completed.[20]

Southport has a maritime climate like most of the UK. Due to its position by the coast, Southport rarely sees substantial snowfall and temperatures rarely fall below –5 °C so it doesn't have frequent frosts. Southport generally has moderate precipitation, unlike the rest of western UK.[21]



Southport also hosts varied events including an annual air show,[22] flower show, an open air classical music concert concluded with a fireworks display, a jazz festival, a beer festival with over seventy beers,[23] and the turning on of the town centre Christmas lights. On 12 July every year, there is an Orangemen's march, which is one of the busiest days of the year. Southport hosts the annual musical fireworks championships, and The Open Championship at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club course. It is also home to the "Southport Weekender",[24] an annual dance event that takes place at the Pontins resort in the town. Southport is also home to one of the largest independent dairies in Britain, Bates, which in 2009 the firm celebrated its 70th year of business.

Culture and community


Community facilities


Pleasureland in 2005.

One of Southport's main attractions for many years was Pleasureland, a fairground established in 1912. It was owned by the Thompson Family, and was closed in September 2006. A replacement fairground on the same site, provisionally named New Pleasureland,[25] opened in July 2007.[26] An earlier permanent funfair, Peter Pan's Playground, closed in the 1980s and is now the site of part of the Ocean Plaza shopping development. A former landmark of Pleasureland was the Looping Star roller coaster, which was on site from 1985-87. It featured in the video for the pop single Wonderful Life, by Liverpool band Black, which was also shot at other parts of the Sefton and North West coastline.[27][28] On April 24 2009 a serious fire occurred at the oldest attraction within New Pleasureland. Called The River Caves, it was completely destroyed in this arson attack, and a 16-year old boy was arrested in connection with the fire.[29][30].

The Model Railway Village is situated in Kings Gardens opposite the Royal Clifton Hotel and near the Marine Lake Bridge. The Model Railway Village opened in May 1996 and was created by Ray and Jean Jones. The Jones family still run the attraction today. The Model Railway Village season extends from April to the end of October. However, due to popular demand the season has extended into weekend openings during November, February and March, weather permitting.[31] An earlier model village, the Land of the Little People, was demolished in the late 1980s to make way for the aborted Winter Gardens/SIBEC shopping development. Its site is now occupied by a Morrison's supermarket.

Other major attractions in Southport include Splash World, an indoor water park situated on the back of the Dunes swimming pool which opened in June 2007.[32]

Meols Hall,[33] a manor house, home of the Hesketh family is open to the public some of the year. Set in its own expansive grounds, it boasts a history back to the Domesday Book and is full of interesting pictures and furniture.

Southport also boasts one of the few lawnmower museums.[34]

The Power Station, home of the town's own Radio station Dune 107.9 on the edge of Victoria Park, which itself is home to the Southport Flower Show.[35]


Southport has many fascinating buildings and features. Buildings and Gardens of architectural interest to note are:

  • Southport Pier
  • Lord Street
  • Victoria Baths
  • Promenade Hospital (Renovated as luxury apartments and renamed Marine Gate Mansions)
  • Southport General Infirmary (Demolished - 2008) (The rest of the hospital buildings on site where demolished summer-autumn 2009 with only a wing of the infirmary remaining as it is being used for mental health services)
  • The Winter Gardens (Demolished)
  • The Ribble Building (The small shops on Lords Street are derelict, but the back is part of the Morrisons supermarket).
  • Birkdale Palace Hotel (Demolished - 1969)
  • Marine Way Bridge
  • Kingsway Nightclub (Derelict and possibly planned for demolition)
  • Smedley Hydro (A formor Victorian Hydropathic Health Spa, now under ownership of the home office for the UK's Birth, Deaths and Marriages)
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Hesketh Park
  • Kew Gardens (Southport District General Hospital now occupies most of the site)
  • Meols Hall
  • Royal Clifton
  • The Round House
  • Greaves Hall, Banks (Demolished in August 2009)
  • Wayfarers Arcade
  • Cambridge Walks
  • Atkinson Art Gallery & Library
  • The Arts Centre & Town Hall
    Rosefeild Hall, one of Southport's Victorian Mansions in 2007 while being restored.
  • St Cuthbert's Church
  • Emmanuel Church
  • Holy Trinity
  • ABC Cinema (Lord Street)- (Demolished and replaced with the Vincent Hotel that opened in 2008)
  • Southport gas holder (Demolished in 2009)
  • Open Air Baths (Demolished 1990's, The South Ocean Plaza complex now occupies the site)

There are also many privately owned houses and villas from the Victoria era that are still standing today, but unfortunately many have been replaced with blocks of modern apartments (some of which have been designed to resemble some of the surrounding features from the older buildings).



Due to its position by the coast, Southport is a linear settlement and as such can only be approached in a limited number of directions by road.

The main roads entering Southport are:-

There is no direct connection to the motorway from Southport; the nearest connections are:

  • from the south - junction 3 of the M58 (on the A570, twelve miles)
  • from the north - junction 1 of the M65 (on the A582/A59, nineteen miles)
Marine Way Bridge.

An east-west bypass for the A570 at Ormskirk is planned to relieve congestion on Southport's main access route to the motorway network, although the effectiveness of the proposals are still under debate.[36]

Several areas within Southport town centre have recently undergone major road redevelopment; the largest scheme was the construction of the Marine Way Bridge (opened May 2004), which connects the Lord Street shopping district with the new seafront developments. The 150-foot (46 m) high structure is thought to have cost in the region of £5m.[37]

Also one of the main shopping areas in the town, Chapel Street, has undergone a pedestrianisation scheme to be similar to parts of Liverpool city centre.


Due to the limited number of directions by road, many of the services operated in Southport are from one place South to one place North or East of Southport.

The main operator is Arriva North West, that operates many services to Liverpool, Ormskirk and other places to and through Southport as well as some local services.

Stagecoach in Preston operates two services in Southport, the citi 2 (Preston - Southport) and the X2 (Preston - Liverpool)


Southport is also home to Birkdale Sands, a sand runway located on one of Southport's beaches. For many years this was used for pleasure flights using one of the last De Havilland Fox Moth aeroplanes flying in the UK. In 1919, it was for a time one of the stops on the UK's first scheduled air passenger service, linking Blackpool, Southport and Manchester.


Southport has a railway station with a frequent service of trains to Liverpool and a regular service to Wigan, Bolton, Manchester, Manchester Airport and Rochdale.

The Liverpool line was originally built by the Liverpool, Crosby and Southport Railway in 1848. It was followed on 9 April 1855 by the Manchester and Southport Railway with a line to Manchester via Wigan.

Formerly, Southport was also served by two further railway lines:-

In July 1897, both the West Lancashire and the Liverpool, Southport and Preston Junction Railways were absorbed into the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&Y). The L&Y had a large terminus at Southport Chapel Street and could see no sense in operating two termini at very close proximity. In 1901, the L&Y completed a remodeling of the approach lines to Central to allow trains to divert onto the Manchester to Southport line and into Southport Chapel Street Station. Southport Central was closed to passengers and it became a goods depot eventually amalgamating with Chapel Street depot. It survived intact well into the 1970s.


The town possesses a variety of academic institutions, both private and state-funded. The prestigious all-girls Greenbank High School is situated next to the Royal Birkdale Golf Club,[39] and consistently achieves high grades. It offers pupils a wide-range of subjects, particularly languages, and has educated some of the country's most esteemed talent, including the actress, Miranda Richardson. The male equivalent (also situated in Birkdale) is the all-boys' Birkdale High School,[40] also known for its academic success. The school has taught a few football stars, including Huddersfield captain Peter Clarke, Everton star Jack Rodwell and the youngest player to ever play in Europe, Jake Bidwell.

There are several other high schools prominent in the town, including Stanley High School,[41] which is a specialist Sports College, Meols Cop High School,[42] and Christ the King which is the highest achieving high school in Southport.

Churchtown Primary School is among the ten biggest primary schools in the country, with nearly 900 pupils, and was described by OFSTED in February 2010 as "outstanding" (grade 1).

Independent schools

The town has one Independent School, called Sunnymede School, which is in Birkdale.[43] In the past the town had more independant schools which included Tower Dene, which was situated on Cambridge Road. The school closed due to lack of pupils and funding in 2002 and now one of the Victorian houses that housed the school has since been turned into apartments, the other is derelict. Kingswood College (originally St Wyburn's) is now housed outside Southport at Scarisbrick Hall, but it takes many pupils from the town. Brighthelmstone School (girls) and University School (boys) are long closed.

Further education

The town has two Further education colleges: Southport College that is situated near to the town centre and King George V College which is on Scarisbrick New Road in the Blowick area of the town.

Southport College offers a wide range of subjects and courses that are available to meet a range of students with different abilities. However the college does not offer a wide range of A-Level courses as they used to when they first opened as Southport Technical College. Courses at the college include Diplomas, NVQs, BTECs and Access courses. In addition, Southport College offers some higher education courses in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire, Edge Hill University and Liverpool John Moores University.[44]

King George V College (KGV) offers both A-Level and BTEC courses and the college requires higher GCSE grades in order to be accepted onto the course desired. From September 2009 the college started to offer the internationally accepted International Baccalaureate Diploma. KGV is the only college in the area to offer this qualification.

Currently, the college is the best performing state funded college in an 18 mile radius of KGV.[45] For the fourth year running, KGV achieved the highest point score per student for state education in Sefton for A levels and their equivalent advanced level courses.[46] The college has also been described by OFSTED as "outstanding" (grade 1).

It originally opened as King George V Sixth Form College in 1979, and replaced the former King George V Grammar School for Boys, which occupied the same site from 1926 until its demolition in stages during the 1980s as the College was fully opened.[47]

Religious sites



Southport is somewhat lesser known for its sporting prowess, but being surrounded by other North West cities this is understandable. The eastern side of town towards Blowick and Kew is home to the "Sandgrounders" - Southport F.C., a club with a long football league history and occasional FA Cup giantkillers, they play at Haig Avenue and currently find themselves in the Conference North League. There is also a league for local amateur football teams. Southport is also home to a rugby union club, Southport RUFC,[48] who play at the Recreational Ground on Waterloo Road, Hillside.

Southport is also home to Birkdale United, one of the largest junior football clubs in the north west, boasting both a boys' and girls' sections, as well as male and female adult teams. It is also the only FA Charter Standard Community Club in Sefton. The youngest boys' team are Under 7s, with the girls being Under 9s. The club has been the foundations for many professional footballers, including Dominic Matteo, Shaun Teale, Paul Dalglish and Jack Rodwell.


The junior section of Southport RUFC are known as the Southport Sharks,[49] and have sides that range from 7 years old upwards. They also play on the same grounds, and train every Sunday 10am-12noon.


However, the town is probably best known for golf; the Royal Birkdale Golf Club situated in the dunes to the south of the town is one of the venues on The Open Championship rotation and has hosted two Ryder Cups. Nearby Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club is also a two time Ryder Cup venue and Hillside Golf Club hosts many major events as well as being a final open qualifying course. Many smaller links courses also surround the town.

Southport also holds its own small skatepark, located next to the Marine Way Bridge. It is open to skateboarders and BMX riders.

Kite surfing

Sculler on Marine Lake.

Southport's location by the coast also lends itself to some more specialised sporting activities - Ainsdale Beach, south of the town, is popular for kite sports, including kite-surfing. In 1925, Henry Segrave set a world land speed record of 152.33 mph (245.15 km/h) on the beach, driving the Sunbeam Tiger. His association is largely forgotten locally, but is commemorated by the name of a pub on Lord St.


Marine Lake lies nestled between the town centre and the sea and is used for a variety of water-sports including water-skiing, sailing and rowing. The lake is home to the West Lancashire Yacht Club and Southport Sailing Club, both of which organise dinghy racing. The annual Southport 24 Hour Race, organised by the West Lancashire Yacht Club, is an endurance race of national standing, with an average turnout of 60 to 80 boats. In 2006, the event marked its 40th anniversary.[50]


The flat and scenic route alongside the beach is very popular with cyclists, and is the start of the Trans Pennine Trail, a cycle route running across the north of the country to Selby in North Yorkshire, through Hull and on to Hornsea on the east coast.

In June 2008, Cycling England announced Southport as one of the 11 new cycling towns. These 11 towns shared £47 million from the government to be spent soley on cycling schemes in the towns.[51] Southport’s Cycling Towns programme aims to encourage tourism and leisure cycling, create regeneration opportunities and significantly increase cycling to school.[52] There are now many cycle lanes in Southport and more are going to come to encourage cycling in the town.

Notable people

Richard Corbett, MEP

Famous animals and entities



The town's media consists of two rival newspaper groups, and two radio stations. The independently owned 'Champion' newspaper is a free weekly paper and Trinity Mirror's 'Sefton & West Lancs Media Mix' titles The Mid-week Visiter and The Southport Visiter (Fridays) are free and paid-for respectively. The town also falls within the circulation areas of three regional hard copy newspapers; The Liverpool Echo, The Liverpool Daily Post and The Lancashire Evening Post. Southport is also covered by several local and regional magazines, like Lancashire Life. The local Ranger Service, which is part of Sefton MBC, runs a quarterly free magazine called Coastlines.

Old Southport Newspapers that are no longer in print are as follows: Independent 1861-1920's;[54] Liverpool & Southport News 1861-1872;[54] Southport News (West Lancs) 1881-1885;[54] Southport Standard 1885-1899;[54] Southport Guardian 1882-1930;[55] Southport Journal 1904-1932;[55] Southport Star; Southport Advertiser.

The area also has many online media sites, including the UK's First online newspaper,[56] the Southport Reporter,[57] as well as Internet forums (chat forums) and blog sites.


The town's commercial radio station Dune 107.9 (Renamed from 107.9 Dune FM in October 2008). On a regional level Southport is covered by several local and regional radio stations, including:BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Lancashire, Radio City 96.7, City Talk 105.9, and Rock FM 97.4.

Southport is situated within the television regions of BBC North West and ITV's Granada Television.


Useful history books

  • The Sands Of Times, an introduction to the Sand Dunes of the Sefton Coast Line, written by Philip H. Smith. ISBN 1-902700-03-1
  • New Ainsdale, a book about the seaside suburb of Southport covering from 1850 to 2000. Written by Harry Foster of the Birkdale and Ainsdale Historical Research Society. ISBN 0-9510905-5-0
  • New Birkdale - The Growth of a Lancashire Seaside Suburb 1850-1912, by Harry Foster, 1995. Published by Birkdale and Ainsdale Historical Research Society. ISBN 0-9510905-1-8
  • Viking Mersey, written by Stephen Harding. ISBN 1901231-34-8
  • Southport A Pictorial History, a book by local author Harry Foster. ISBN 0-85033-966-9
  • Local Newspapers, holds newspaper title names from 1750—1920. ISBN 0-907099-46-7
  • Britain's First Lifeboat Station, written by Yorke, Barbara and Reginald, published by Alt Press. ISBN 0-9508155-0-0
  • Pleasureland Memories, A history of Southport's amusement park, by Stephen Copnall (2005), Skelter Publishing. ISBN 0-9544573-3-1
  • What The Butler Saw - And All That, a pictorial history of Southport pier, by Harold Brough. ISBN 0-9554780-0-6
  • Southport Stories and Landscapes, by David Lewis (2005). Breedon Publishing. ISBN 1-85983-467-1
  • Thatch, Towers and Colonnades - The story of architecture in Southport, by Cedric Greenwood (1971, reprinted 1990). Carnegie Publishing. ISBN 0-948789-64-6
  • An Illustrated Survey of Railway Stations Between Southport & Liverpool 1848-1986, by Rob Gell (1986). Heyday Publishing Company, ISBN 0-947562-04-4.
  • North Meols and Southport - a History, by Peter Aughton (1988). Published by Carnegie Press ISBN 0-948789-17-4
  • The Sandgrounders: The Complete League History of Southport F. C., by Michael Braham and Geoff Wilde (Palatine Books, 1995). ISBN 10-1874181144
  • The Complete Non-League History of Southport Football Club 1978 - 2008, by Trust in Yellow (Legends Publishing, 2008). ISBN 978-1-906796-01-3

See also


  1. ^ "ramsar - JNCC". 
  2. ^ "Natural England - Special Sites". Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Longest Piers in the British Isles". National Piers Society. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Lord Street's History". Champion Media Group. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Southport". Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  6. ^ "Southport Air Show Official". Sefton Council. Retrieved 2006-08-01. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Mersey Reporter - Home Page
  9. ^ RAF Woodvale (UK) Merseyside History Section
  10. ^ Local report
  11. ^ Nevin, Charles (2004-08-21). "Ooh La Lancashire". The Guardian.,,1287609,00.html. Retrieved 2007-12-13. 
  12. ^ Newspaper report of the wreck of the Mexico
  13. ^ S.O.R.T. Website
  14. ^
  15. ^ Parliamentary Debates, House of Commons, 6 July, 1972, column 878
  16. ^
  17. ^ Southport Conservative Party Website, Conservative Party Website
  18. ^ Final Recommendations on the Future Local Government of Sefton, Local Government Commission for England, November 1997
  19. ^ Boundary Committee Website
  20. ^ Sefton Coast
  21. ^ Met Office - Mapped Averages
  22. ^ "Southport Air Show Official". Sefton Council. Retrieved 2006-08-01. 
  23. ^ Southport CAMRA. "Beer Festival". 
  24. ^ Southport Weekender Website
  25. ^ New Pleasureland Website
  26. ^ Local Newspaper Website Report
  27. ^ YouTube - Wonderful Life
  28. ^
  29. ^ "River Caves destroyed by fire". Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  30. ^ "New Pleasureland". Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  31. ^ Model Village Website
  32. ^ Splash World URL
  33. ^ The Meols Hall Website.
  34. ^ Lawnmower museum
  35. ^ SFS Website
  36. ^ Local Gov. Website.
  37. ^ Local newspaper report
  38. ^ Southport Past Website
  39. ^ Greenbank High School
  40. ^ Birkdale High School
  41. ^ Stanley High School
  42. ^ Meols Cop High School
  43. ^ ISD Website
  44. ^ Southport College Website
  45. ^
  46. ^
  47. ^ KGV website
  48. ^ Southport Rugby Football Club Website
  49. ^ Southport Sharks Website
  50. ^ 24-hour yacht race (video)
  51. ^
  52. ^
  53. ^ Science Museum - Visit the museum - Dan Dare & the Birth of Hi-tech Britain
  54. ^ a b c d Federation of Family History Societies. Local Newspapers. ISBN 0-907099-46-7. 
  55. ^ a b Federation of Family History Societies. Local Newspapers. ISBN 0-907099-46-7.  - "Published from" date only
  56. ^ Published in UK as the "UK's only web-based newspaper" in January 2005 in hard copy magazine called "Web Pages Made Easy." and on the Trade Mark Register as a newspaper No. 2292469
  57. ^ Hollis PR & Media Guide 2006. - ISBN 1 904193 250 UK ISSN 1364-9000

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

For other places with the same name, see Southport (disambiguation).

Southport is a large tourist town on the coast, just north of Liverpool. It is in the borough of Sefton in Merseyside.It is in the historic county of Lancashire.


Try to hunt out the old original village to the north with a couple of great pubs and places to eat. Take a train into Liverpool to see the sights.


Southport is famed for its endless Golf Courses, The Flower Show, coastal views and outdoor events. The area is home to one of the biggest International Jazz Festivals and puts on air shows each year. With over 14 golf courses in its proximity, the town is a perfect place to go for a golfing weekend. Essentially you never run out of things to do in Southport. There is always something on in the town and the relaxing atmosphere make it one of the most friendly and welcoming places around.


Lord Street is a must for all shoppers and boasts all the big High Street names. The area around the railway station is also good for shopping.


The Curzon on Lord Street is good and well established.

Generally the choice of places to eat is good and is not confined only to Lord Street.


For visitors it has to be Lord Street again!


Due to the considerable growth in tourism in the Southport area the demand for affordable and luxury accomodation in the past decade has increased significantly. This has lead to a sudden influx in new developments and old buildings being converted to new ones. For example the old ABC cinema on Lord Street has been converted into the luxury Hotel The Vincent. New developments include the Southport Marine Park which will house a brand new hotel.

Accomodation in the area mainly consists of bed and breakfasts and are situated close to the water from. This makes them attractive prospects for tourists as they can get great views and affordable prices. Southport is also home to several luxury 5 star hotels which cater mainly for business travellers.

Popular Hotels Ambassador Townhouse - awarded Merseyside Guest Accommodation of the Year 2009-10 and recognised as within the Top 5 B&Bs in the Northwest of England The Nile Hotel Sandown Guest House The Sea View

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Southport is a coastal town in Merseyside, England, UK. It is on the border with Lancashire.


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