Greasby shown within Merseyside
|Population||9,830 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||Wirral West|
Greasby 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, with the total population of the ward at 14,667.
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. National Museums Liverpool archaeologists excavated the site between 1987 and 1990.
Greasby was an Anglo Saxon settlement, as witnessed by the form of the name, Gravesberie, in the Domesday Book. 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, with býr meaning "settlement" or "farmstead").
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. By the time of the Domesday Book (1086), Greasby was under the ownership of Nigel de Burcy.
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.
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, Disco Pete's video shop and a number of fast food takeaways.
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|
|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|
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