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Greasby is located in Merseyside
 Greasby shown within Merseyside
Population 9,830 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ253868
Metropolitan borough Wirral
Metropolitan county Merseyside
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WIRRAL
Postcode district CH49
Dialling code 0151
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Wirral West
List of places

Coordinates: 53°22′23″N 3°07′24″W / 53.373°N 3.1233°W / 53.373; -3.1233

Greasby (local /ˈɡrzbi/) is a large village on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, England. It is part of the Greasby, Frankby & Irby Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral and is situated in the parliamentary constituency of Wirral West. At the 2001 Census, Greasby had 9,830 inhabitants,[1] with the total population of the ward at 14,667.[2]


The restored pump, on the corner of Pump Lane.

The earliest known human settlement in Merseyside has been found at Greasby, dating from approximately 7000 BC. A rectangular floor of sandstone slabs and pebbles suggests regular use by the nomadic hunters of that period.[3] National Museums Liverpool archaeologists excavated the site between 1987 and 1990.[4]

Greasby was an Anglo Saxon settlement, as witnessed by the form of the name, Gravesberie, in the Domesday Book.[5] Gravesberie derives from the Old English gräf and burh, recorded as meaning a "stronghold by a grove, trench, canal or wood". The name was Scandinavianised to Greasby, under the influence of Old Norse speakers in Wirral (gräf and býr,[6] with býr meaning "settlement" or "farmstead").[7]

Prior to the Norman conquest of England in 1066, Greasby was owned by a man named Dunning. He was an official (bailiff or steward) for the earls of Mercia. After the invasion, all land in the area passed to Hugh d'Avranches.[8] By the time of the Domesday Book (1086), Greasby was under the ownership of Nigel de Burcy.[5]

After the Second World War the area expanded considerably, with significant residential development across previously agricultural land. This has resulted in Greasby becoming contiguous with the nearby settlements of Moreton, Upton and Woodchurch.[9]

Civic history[edit]

Greasby was formerly a township situated mainly in West Kirby Parish, Wirral Hundred. The population was 123 in 1801, 177 in 1851, 290 in 1901 and 4,367 in 1951.[10]

From 1866 Greasby was part of Wirral Rural Sanitary District, which was replaced in 1894 by Wirral Rural District. In 1933 the village transferred to Hoylake Urban District.[11]


Greasby is bounded by Arrowe Brook, at Upton Meadow, and by Greasby Brook which flows around the western and northern sides of Greasby. Greasby Brook merges into Arrowe Brook between Greasby and Saughall Massie, which becomes a tributary of the Birket.


The village is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, in the metropolitan county of Merseyside. The village is part of the parliamentary constituency of Wirral West. The current Member of Parliament is Esther McVey, a Conservative representative.

Greasby is also part of a local government ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, this being Greasby, Frankby and Irby Ward. Greasby is represented on Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by three councillors. These are Tom Anderson, Wendy Clements and Mike Hornby, who are all Conservative councillors.[12] The most recent local elections took place on 22 May 2014.

Confirmed candidates for United Kingdom local elections, 2014[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Tom ANDERSON 1687 18.85
Conservative Wendy CLEMENTS 2193 24.5
Liberal Democrat John Peter CRESSWELL 749 8.37
UKIP Laurence Cresswell JONES 809 9.04
Labour Julie MCMANUS 1186 13.25
Green Cathy PAGE 412 4.6
Liberal Democrat Peter Timothy Clifford REISDORF 1076 12.02
Labour Lee Anthony RUSHWORTH 838 9.36

The electorate numbered 11,501, there was a turnout of 43% and the majority is 1007. The result was declared at 12:17.[14]


Shops on Greasby Road.

Greasby has four primary schools (Greasby Infant School, Greasby Junior School, Our Lady of Pity Primary School and Brookdale Primary School) and three churches, (St. Nicholas' Church of England, Our Lady Of Pity Catholic Church, and Greasby Methodist Church).

There are five public houses (The Greave Dunning, The Red Cat, The Coach and Horses, The Twelfth Man and Ellies Wine Bar). The village also contains a post office and a number of small shops including a butchers, florist, greengrocer's, estate agents and a number of fast food takeaways.

Coronation Park is situated at the eastern end of the village. The village also has a library, a community centre and a health centre. These three buildings are all centrally situated and close together.



Services operating in the Greasby area, as of December 2008:

Number Route Operator Days of Operation
22/24 West Kirby-Chester Avon Buses Monday-Saturday
N37 Hoylake-Liverpool Arriva North West Saturday night/Sunday mornings
123/123A Greasby-Santa's Grotto Avon Buses 25 December
83/83A West Kirby/Greasby-Birkenhead Avon Buses Monday-Saturday
129' Frankby-Liscard ACE Travel Sundays
186 Eastham Ferry-Leasowe Avon Buses Evenings and Sundays
293 West Kirby-Woodside A1A Travel Evenings and Sundays
420 West Kirby-Liverpool Arriva North West Monday-Friday mornings
437 West Kirby-Liverpool Arriva North West Monday-Sunday

Notable People[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wirral 2001 Census: Greasby, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, archived from the original on 29 September 2007, retrieved 10 July 2010 
  2. ^ 2001 Census: Greasby, Frankby & Irby, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 12 May 2007 
  3. ^ Dargie, Richard (2007), A History of Britain, Arcturus Publishing, p. 11, ISBN 978-0-572-03342-2 
  4. ^ Prehistoric Merseyside: Greasby, Wirral, National Museums Liverpool, retrieved 18 March 2008 
  5. ^ a b Cheshire A-K, The Domesday Book Online, retrieved 7 December 2007 
  6. ^ What's In A Name? - Greasby, National Museums Liverpool, retrieved 9 June 2010 
  7. ^ Sulley, Philip (1889), The Hundred of Wirral 
  8. ^ Curtis, Mike, History of Greasby village, retrieved 7 December 2007 
  9. ^ Roberts, Stephen J. (2002), A History of Wirral, Phillimore & Co. Ltd., pp. 140, 180, ISBN 978-1-86077-512-3 
  10. ^ Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Greasby, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 1 May 2008 
  11. ^ Relationships / unit history of Greasby, A Vision Of Britain Through Time (University of Portsmouth), retrieved 9 June 2010 
  12. ^ Wirral Borough Council, Your Councillors by Ward Accessed 2014-05-29
  13. ^ Election Result for 22 May 2014, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 29 May 2014 
  14. ^ Wirral Borough Council, Election Result for Greasby, Frankby and Irby ward on 22 May 2014 Accessed 2014-05-22

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