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Knowsley Village shown within Merseyside
|Population||11,343 (2001 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
Historically a part of Lancashire, according to the 2001 Census the parish had a population of 11,343. It gave its name to the wider borough when it was formed in 1974. The parish includes Knowsley Hall and Knowsley Safari Park. There are three main built-up areas in the parish: the village of Knowsley, the nearby business park in the north west, and in the south-west a suburban area including Stockbridge Village and the northern fringe of Huyton. To the west of Knowsley is the area of Woolfall Heath.
General Information 
Knowsley Village consists primarily of 2 Residential areas. A council estate and private estate known as "The Poshy" There is a parade of shops on Sugar Lane that serve the local community. These include a Newsagents known to residents as "The Sweetie" A general store referred to as "The Mace" and a Fruit and Vegetable shop known as "The Fruity" The Village also has 2 public houses; The Pipe and Gannex (known as "The Pipe") and The Derby Arms (known as "The Derby") as well as a general store on Knowsley Lane known as "Ronnies" The Village also has 2 Public parks; "The Rec" located off Knowsley Lane and "Mill Lane" located on Mill Lane.
The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon Cēnwulfes lēah, meaning "Cēnwulf's meadow". When the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria overran the Celtic kingdom of Rheged, the village was likely taken over or founded by an Anglo-Saxon called Cēnwulf (which translates as Keen Wolf).
The village of Knowsley is hundreds of years older than the neighbouring city of Liverpool. Its name occurs in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Chenulveslei and has been recorded as Knuvesle (1199); Knouselegh (1258); Knouleslee (1261); Knusele (1262); and Knouslegh (1346).
There are a few notable entries in Knowsley's history:
- King Henry VII visited in 1495.
- Shakespeare is said to have performed in a play held in Knowsley in 1589.
- Capability Brown is responsible for creating some of Knowsley's landscaped gardens in the 1770s.
- Edward Lear wrote "The Owl and the Pussycat" while staying at Knowsley Hall.
From 1895 the area was part of Whiston Rural District in Lancashire. On 1 April 1974 the village became part of the newly formed Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley in the nascent county of Merseyside.
See also 
- 2001 Census: Knowsley (civil parish), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 19 January 2009
- Knowsley Borough Map (pdf), Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, retrieved 19 January 2009
- Knowsley Local History: Knowsley Village (page 1), Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, retrieved 19 January 2009
- Knowsley Local History: Timeline (page 1), Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, retrieved 19 January 2009
- Knowsley Local History: Knowsley Village (page 5), Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, retrieved 19 January 2009