Halewood

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Halewood
Halewood is located in Merseyside
Halewood
Halewood
 Halewood shown within Merseyside
Population 20,309 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SD312122
Civil parish Halewood
Metropolitan borough Knowsley
Metropolitan county Merseyside
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LIVERPOOL
Postcode district L26
Dialling code 0151
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Garston and Halewood
List of places
UK
England
Merseyside

Coordinates: 53°21′36″N 2°50′24″W / 53.3599°N 2.8400°W / 53.3599; -2.8400

Halewood is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley in Merseyside, England. It lies near the city of Liverpool's southeastern boundary, bordered by the suburbs of Hunt's Cross and Woolton.

Historically a part of Lancashire, at the 2001 Census, the population of the civil parish was 20,309.[1] The combined population of Halewood's four local government wards was 29,217.[2][3][4][5]

Halewood railway station opened in 1988. An earlier station, a few hundred metres further east, had closed in 1951.

Halewood is home to the Jaguar Land Rover Body & Assembly facility, which produces the Land Rover Freelander, Range Rover Evoque and up until Friday 18 December 2009 the Jaguar X-Type. On the same site is a large factory owned by Getrag which produces gearboxes for amongst others the Ford Transit, Ford Fiesta and the Land Rover Defender.

There is also the Dista Factory which produces pharmaceuticals. Everton Football Club have built their new training ground and youth academy on the edge of Halewood called Finch Farm

Following significant regeneration efforts since 2004, Halewood has turned a corner. Crime has reduced, the performance of local schools has drastically improved (with Halewood Centre for Learning topping the local authority league tables). New housing developments have created high quality housing which has resulted in an influx of professionals. The old sports centre, Bridgefield Forum, has been knocked down and replaced with the state of the art Halewood Leisure Centre. Other housing communities such as Okell Drive and surrounding areas and housing close to the original Halewood village are also thriving. Halewood's largest employer is the Jaguar Land Rover factory.

Steve McMahon, the former Everton and Liverpool F.C. midfielder, was born in Halewood.[6]

Playwright Fred Lawless spent most of his childhood in Halewood and attended St. Mark's Primary School in Leathers Lane.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson, the heptathlete, was born and lives in Halewood.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2001 Census: Halewood, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 26 May 2008 
  2. ^ 2001 Census: Halewood East (Ward), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 26 May 2008 
  3. ^ 2001 Census: Halewood North (Ward), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 26 May 2008 
  4. ^ 2001 Census: Halewood South (Ward), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 26 May 2008 
  5. ^ 2001 Census: Halewood West (Ward), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 26 May 2008 
  6. ^ Past Player Profile: Steve McMahon, Liverpool F.C., retrieved 10 May 2007 

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