Thingwall

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Coordinates: 53°21′11″N 3°05′31″W / 53.353°N 3.092°W / 53.353; -3.092

Thingwall
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Thingwall is located in Merseyside
Thingwall
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 Thingwall shown within Merseyside
Population 3,140 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ270850
Metropolitan borough Wirral
Metropolitan county Merseyside
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WIRRAL
Postcode district CH61
Dialling code 0151
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Wirral West
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Thingwall is a village on the Wirral Peninsula, England. The village is situated to the south west of Birkenhead and north east of Heswall. It is part of the Pensby & Thingwall Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral and is situated within the parliamentary constituency of Wirral West. At the 2001 Census, Thingwall had 3,140 inhabitants (1,450 males, 1,680 females).[1]

History[edit]

From the Old Norse þing vollr, meaning 'assembly field',[2] the name indicates that it was once the site of a Germanic thing (or þing). Similar place names in the British Isles include Tynwald, Dingwall, and Tingwall; see also Thingvellir in Iceland and Tingvoll in Norway.

The settlement was recorded in the Domesday Book as Tuigvelle,[3] and has been variously known as Fingwalle (1180); Thingale (circa 1250); Thynghwall (1426).[2] Previously a township in Woodchurch Parish, Wirral Hundred, and the county of Chester it was added to Birkenhead county borough in 1933. The population was 52 in 1801, 96 in 1851 and 156 in 1901.[4]

Traditional buildings/walls in the area are constructed of locally quarried yellow sandstone. Several small sandstone quarries once existed in the area including one at the top of the appropriately named Quarry Lane. Little evidence of these quarries now exists as the land has been redeveloped for housing or for the construction of a second above ground fresh water reservoir.

Thingwall Mill was constructed in the eighteenth century on the site of a much older medieval mill. Damaged in a storm in 1897 and subsequently disused, the mill was demolished in 1900.[2] However, remnants of the building, including the original mill stone, can still be found on Mill Road.

Thingwall Hall was built in 1849 for a Liverpool merchant and demolished in 1960.[2] It was part of the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital from 1917, providing care for long-term patients.[5]

Government[edit]

Thingwall is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, in the metropolitan county of Merseyside. The village is part of the parliamentary constituency of Wirral West. The current Member of Parliament is Esther McVey, a Conservative representative.

The village is also part of a local government ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, this being Pensby and Thingwall Ward. Thingwall is represented on Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by three councillors. These are Phillip Brightmore and Michael Sullivan, who are both Labour councillors, as well as Mark Johnston who is an Independent councillor.[6] The most recent local elections took place on 28 February 2013.

Confirmed candidates for United Kingdom local elections, 2013[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Phillip BRIGHTMORE 1411 13.45
Green Allen John BURTON 74 0.71
Conservative Sheila Lesley CLARKE 868 8.28
Liberal Democrat Damian William CUMMINS 834 7.95
UKIP Jan DAVISON 426 4.06
English Democrats Neil KENNY 53 0.51

The electorate numbered 10,487, there was a turnout of 35% and the majority is 543. The result was declared at 11:40.[8]

Notable People[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wirral 2001 Census: Thingwall, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 5 February 2008 
  2. ^ a b c d Placenames: Thingwall, National Museums Liverpool, retrieved 6 November 2008 
  3. ^ Cheshire L-Z: Thingwall, The Domesday Book Online, retrieved 6 November 2008 
  4. ^ Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Thingwall, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 5 February 2008 
  5. ^ Port Cities: Liverpool Infirmary for Children, E. Chambré Hardman Archive, retrieved 6 November 2008 
  6. ^ Wirral Borough Council, Your Councillors by Ward Accessed 2014-02-07
  7. ^ Election Result for 28 February 2013, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 7 February 2014 
  8. ^ Wirral Borough Council, Election Result for Pensby and Thingwall ward on 28 February 2013 Accessed 2014-02-07

Other sources[edit]

  • Cavill, Paul; Stephen Harding; Judith Jesch (2000) Wirral and Its Viking Heritage (English Place-Name Society) ISBN 978-0-904889-59-8
  • Harding, Stephen; Mark Jobling, Turi King (2011) Viking DNA: The Wirral and West Lancashire Project (Nottingham University Press) ISBN 978-1-907284-94-6

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