Roby shown within Merseyside
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Roby is a village in the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley, Merseyside, England. It is administratively linked with its neighbour Huyton by the Huyton-with-Roby civil parish. Like Huyton, Roby is effectively a dormitory village or suburb of the neighbouring City of Liverpool. At the 2001 Census, the population of Roby was 9,353 (4,511 males, 4,842 females). Roby is the location of Roby Sixth Form College, which is operated by Knowsley Community College.
Roby grew from a tenth-century Norse settlement named Rabil, meaning "boundary farm/village". Roby is therefore mentioned, as Rabil, in the Domesday Book of 1086. In 1351, it became part of the Barony of Widnes and subsequently merged into the Duchy of Lancaster.
In 1894 Roby was included in the Huyton with Roby Urban District. On the abolition of the administrative county of Lancashire in 1974, the urban district was also abolished and its former area was transferred to Merseyside to be combined with that of other districts to form the present-day metropolitan borough of Knowsley.
The area is located within a green belt area of Merseyside and partly consists of detached houses and private roads such as Wynwood Park. It has a golf course situated in nearby Bowring Park by the M62 motorway and Roby Road.
A new instated sign marks Roby by the Bowring Park Golf Course, including Roby Station and Roby Road within its location.
- 2001 Census: Roby, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 29 May 2008
- Huyton with Roby parish boundaries, A Vision of Britain, retrieved 8 November 2006
- Roby Origins and History, Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley, retrieved 20 August 2009
- Huyton with Roby UD unit history, A Vision of Britain, retrieved 8 November 2006
- Arnold-Baker, C. (1973), Local Government Act 1972
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