Thingwall shown within Merseyside
|Population||3,140 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||Wirral West|
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).
From the Old Norse þing vollr, meaning 'assembly field', 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, and has been variously known as Fingwalle (1180); Thingale (circa 1250); Thynghwall (1426). 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.
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. However, remnants of the building, including the original mill stone, can still be found on Mill Road.
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. The most recent local elections took place on 28 February 2013.
|Confirmed candidates for United Kingdom local elections, 2013|
|Green||Allen John BURTON||74||0.71|
|Conservative||Sheila Lesley CLARKE||868||8.28|
|Liberal Democrat||Damian William CUMMINS||834||7.95|
|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.
- Alan Gill, English musician, raised in Thingwall.
- Septimus Francom, English athlete, born in Thingwall.
- George Payne, English footballer, died in Thingwall.
- Wirral 2001 Census: Thingwall, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 5 February 2008
- Placenames: Thingwall, National Museums Liverpool, retrieved 6 November 2008
- Cheshire L-Z: Thingwall, The Domesday Book Online, retrieved 6 November 2008
- Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Thingwall, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 5 February 2008
- Port Cities: Liverpool Infirmary for Children, E. Chambré Hardman Archive, retrieved 6 November 2008
- Wirral Borough Council, Your Councillors by Ward Accessed 2014-02-07
- Election Result for 28 February 2013, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 7 February 2014
- Wirral Borough Council, Election Result for Pensby and Thingwall ward on 28 February 2013 Accessed 2014-02-07
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- 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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