Great Altcar

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Coordinates: 53°32′59″N 3°01′16″W / 53.5496°N 3.0210°W / 53.5496; -3.0210

Great Altcar
Church of St Michael and All Angels, Great Altcar.JPG
Church of St Michael and All Angels in Great Altcar, a local landmark.
Great Altcar is located in Lancashire
Great Altcar
Great Altcar
 Great Altcar shown within Lancashire
Civil parish Great Altcar
District West Lancashire
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district L37
Dialling code 01704
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament West Lancashire
List of places

Great Altcar is a village and civil parish in West Lancashire, England, close to Formby on the West Lancashire Coastal Plain. The name Altcar is Norse meaning "marsh by the Alt". The church of St Michael and All Angels is a timber framed structure dating from 1879.

The area is now intensively farmed. An area called The Moss is situated to the north, and is characterized by drainage dykes.

Altcar hosted hare coursing's Waterloo Cup from 1836 to 2005, originally with the patronage of William Philip Molyneux, 2nd Earl of Sefton. Altcar Rifle Range, established in 1860, is actually in Hightown.


Great Altcar is on the B5195 road. It was served by Altcar and Hillhouse railway station on the Cheshire Lines Committee Southport & Cheshire Lines Extension Railway Southport Extension until July 1952.

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