Mossley Hill shown within Merseyside
|Population||12,650 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Metropolitan borough||City of Liverpool|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||Liverpool Riverside|
Mossley Hill is a district of Liverpool, England and a Liverpool City Council Ward. It is located to the south of the city, bordered by Aigburth, Wavertree, Childwall and Allerton. At the 2001 Census, the Mossley Hill ward had a population which was recorded at 12,650.
The area was made famous in the 1960s thanks to the Beatles' hit song Penny Lane, named after a suburban street located within Mossley Hill. Penny Lane runs between Allerton Road and Greenbank Road. The Penny Lane area is on the routes of various tour buses with thousands of tourists visiting annually.
In July 2006, a Liverpool Councillor proposed renaming certain streets because their names were linked to the slave trade. It was soon discovered that Penny Lane was possibly named after James Penny, a wealthy 18th century slave ship owner and strong opponent of abolitionism. Ultimately, city officials decided to forego the name change and re-evaluate the entire renaming process. On 10 July 2006, Liverpool officials said they would modify the proposal to exclude Penny Lane.
Two of the best known parks in Liverpool, Sefton Park and Greenbank Park, are located close to the area of Mossley Hill in the areas of Aigburth and the latter bordering the Mossley Hill boundary. Calderstones Park is also nearby.
Mossley Hill railway station on Rose Lane offers regular services to Liverpool city centre (an approx 11 minute journey time), Warrington (27 minute journey) and Manchester Oxford Road (57 minute journey). There are connections to Birmingham via Liverpool South Parkway.
Buses outside the railway station route as follows:-
- 61 - Aigburth & Bootle
- 80A - Liverpool city centre or Speke & Liverpool John Lennon Airport
- 173 - Sefton Park or Belle Vale
- 201 Royal Liverpool Hospital or Speke
Buses from Penny Lane / Allerton Road route as follows:-
- 62 to Crosby
- 68 from Aigburth to Bootle
- 74, 75 & 76 from the city centre to Halewood
- 86 & 86A from the city centre to Garston and Liverpool Airport
- 174 from Sefton Park to Belle Vale
Services 80A & 86A are the only bus services that connect Mossley Hill with the airport.
The district lies on the border of two Parliamentary constituencies; Liverpool, Riverside and Liverpool Wavertree. It is represented on Liverpool City Council by councillors from Mossley Hill ward itself and it is in parts of Greenbank and Church wards.
The suburb is home to the combined site of Dovedale Infant School and Dovedale Junior School. This was the school of notable Liverpudlians George Harrison, John Lennon, Peter Sissons, Jimmy Tarbuck and John Power. Calderstones School (which Lennon attended in its previous incarnation, Quarry Bank) is located on nearby Harthill Road. It is now a science specialist college. In turn, this is located near the city's police horse training centre, just north of Mossley Hill's main residential area.
The area is also home to the Greenbank Halls of Residence and Carnatic Halls of Residence student accommodation complexes (belonging to the University of Liverpool). Greenbank Halls include Derby and Rathbone Hall and Roscoe and Gladstone Hall: commonly known as D&R; and R&G respectively. Carnatic Halls is the largest of the University of Liverpool's accommodation complexes including 6 halls: Morton House, Lady Mountford House, Dale Hall, McNair Hall, Salisbury Hall and Rankin Hall.
One of North West England's fee paying schools, Liverpool College, is located within the area. Liverpool's most prestigious, oldest, and only grammar school the Liverpool Blue Coat School is also located within close proximity to the area.
Lourdes Hospital on Greenbank Road is Liverpool's first private hospital. The hospital faces Greenbank Park.
The district has a women's football team, Mossley Hill L.F.C., who play in the Northern Combination Women's Football League.
- Kim Cattrall, of Sex and the City fame, was born and raised in Mossley Hill for three months.
- J. Bruce Ismay.
- Danielle Lloyd, model and former Miss Great Britain, was born and grew up on Penny Lane.
- Freddie Mercury lived in the Dovedale Towers pub for a short period. (He was known as Farrokh Bulsara at the time.)
- Steven Pienaar, a professional association footballer with Everton F.C..
- Rathbone family.
- Derek Nimmo sang in the local parish church choir.
Penny Lane Wine Bar is a pub on Penny Lane. The area of Rose Lane and Allerton Road contains a large number of wine bars, bistros and restaurants. These two streets are the area's principle centres for retail, hosting numerous shops and offices.
The Dovedale Towers pub stands on the corner of Dovedale Road and Penny Lane. It was closed for business in 2010, reopening in 2012.
The area is mostly residential with a few local businesses scattered around the district. Housing is mainly semi-detached, with occasional detached and numerous terraced streets. The area around Sefton Park has many large Victorian villas.
Places of worship
Most of the churches in Mossley Hill are members of "Churches Together in Mossley Hill", a covenanted group of churches. This group was known as "The Nine Churches of Mossley Hill" until it reformed with one new member under the new membership covenant in 1994.
The original nine member churches comprised three Anglican parishes: St Matthew and St James, St Barnabas, and All Hallows, Allerton; two Roman Catholic parishes: Our Lady, Bishop Eton and St Anthony of Padua and four Free Churches: Dovedale Baptist Church, Allerton United Reformed, Elm Hall Drive Methodist and Bethel Presbyterian Church in Wales. The tenth church was Dove Community Church, which ceased to exist in 2006 and at the same time was replaced in membership of Churches Together by Wavertree Christian Fellowship.
There is at least one more church in Mossley Hill not in membership of Churches Together: Ramilies Road Chapel. There is also a mosque within the area, the Islamic Institute on Cramond Avenue.
- 2001 Census: Mossley Hill, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 17 August 2007
- FOXNews.com - Liverpool Won't Rename Penny Lane, Despite Slavery Ties
- Proud to be a Scouser, Liverpool Echo, 9 June 2008, retrieved 14 June 2008
- Hodkinson, Mark (1995), Queen The Early Years, Omnibus Press, p. 117, ISBN 0-7119-6012-7