Blackbrook, St Helens

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Blackbrook
Blackbrook is located in Merseyside
Blackbrook
Blackbrook
 Blackbrook shown within Merseyside
OS grid reference SJ525951
Metropolitan borough St Helens
Metropolitan county Merseyside
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ST. HELENS
Postcode district WA9
Dialling code 01744
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament St Helens North
List of places
UK
England
Merseyside

Coordinates: 53°27′58″N 2°41′56″W / 53.466°N 2.699°W / 53.466; -2.699

Blackbrook is an electoral ward in St Helens, Merseyside. Historically in Lancashire, the area is so called for the brook of the same name. The Blackbrook area is situated at the north east of St Helens Borough and is historically part of the Parr township.

The actual brook itself forms the boundary between the townships of Parr, Haydock and Ashton in Makerfield.[1]

History[edit]

In 1770, the Penny Bridge branch of the Sankey Canal was extended through Blackbrook, adjacent to the brook, to facilitate the transport of coal from the Stanley Colliery, Ashton in Makerfield.[2]

Education[edit]

Schools in the area include St. Augustine of Canterbury High School, Blackbrook Roman Catholic Primary School and Ashurst Primary School.

Sport[edit]

Blackbrook ARLFC amateur rugby league team, founded in 1975, play at Boardmans Lane. Blackbrook has been a feeder club for St Helens, Wigan and Warrington and many players have been produced from this amateur team who have entered into the professional ranks of rugby league.

Amongst the notables being Brian Case and Barry Williams

Steve Ganson, current rugby league referee, attended both Blackbrook Roman Catholic Primary School and St. Augustine of Canterbury High School. A signed Steve Ganson jersey from the Rugby League World Cup (in which he refereed) still hangs proudly at St. Augustine of Canterbury High School to this day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Lancashire volume 3". Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "History of the Sankey Canal". Retrieved 6 February 2010.