Ainsdale Village Church
Ainsdale shown within Merseyside
|Population||12,723 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
Ainsdale is an area of Southport in the borough of Sefton, Merseyside, England, situated three miles south of the centre of Southport. At the 2001 Census it had a population of 12,723. By the time of the 2011 census only figures for Ainsdale (Ward)(qv) were available.
It makes up the southern edge of the town, bordering Formby. The village and roads leading to the beach are middle class areas, with some new modern developments around the station including the addition of the private estate Village Row in 2006 and the Belway estate in 2013.
Prior to 1600
Ainsdale formed part of Sir Cuthbert Halsall of Halsall's estates during the early part of the 1600s. After financial difficulties the land containing Ainsdale (then Aynsdale) had to be sold. In 1634 the ownership was passed to Robert Blundell. The lands were passed from generation to generation within the Blundell family and remained in their ownership until the mid-1900s.
Throughout the 1800s Ainsdale remained an agricultural community. Prior to the British Agricultural Revolution fields and farms in the locality were small and land was enclosed. The 1841 Census listed 176 inhabitants in 33 houses with occupations of farmer, agricultural labourers and servants.
Ainsdale railway station opened in 1848. A second station was opened in 1901. It was originally named Seaside, being renamed Ainsdale Beach in 1912. It closed in 1952. The route of the line it was on now forms the Coastal Road from Woodvale to Southport. The row of houses over the road from the Sands Hotel were originally railway staff cottages for that line.
Ainsdale became part of the County Borough of Southport in 1912 after being part of Birkdale Urban District, though it remained a separate civil parish to Southport until 1925. Although now in the administrative county of Merseyside it is still in the County Palatine of Lancashire.
The area of Ainsdale, together with the adjoining settlement of Woodvale, and a significant part of South Birkdale, forms a single electoral ward named Ainsdale, it is currently represented by three councillors on Sefton Council: Brenda Porter and Terry Jones (both Conservative Party), and Haydn Preece (Liberal Democrats).
Ainsdale Mill, built circa 1800 on the site of an earlier wooden mill, was an impressive - and functional - landmark until its closure in 1965 and later demolition. A branch railway line from Ainsdale station served the mill during its operating years.
Ainsdale boating lake, along with the beach itself, were popular tourist attractions, and thus Lakeside Hotel (now known as The Sands) was built to accommodate those wishing to stay in the area. However, a large campsite was also well populated in the busiest periods of the year.
The locality is served by Ainsdale railway station, which is situated on the Northern Line of the Merseyrail network, linking Southport to Liverpool. Trains operate every 15 minutes in each direction from early morning to late evening.
Frequent bus services passing through Ainsdale are provided by Arriva, including:
• 44/44A Crossens - Formby
• 47 Banks - Liverpool
• 49 Crossens - Woodvale
Recreation and sports
Ainsdale has teams in football, cricket, bowls, pool and chess. The village hosts the Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club. The football section of Ainsdale Sports and Social Club hosts teams from Under 7 up to Under 16 and Open Age Teams. Ainsdale Cricket Club play in the successful Liverpool Competition.
Every year at the start of July Ainsdale Horticultural Society hold a village show. This highly successful local event showcases local growers produce in an horticultural competition and hosts many other events by local people.
The Sefton coastal path and the Trans Pennine Trail both pass through Ainsdale. A number of waymarked nature trails are also accessible from the town. These trails allow access to the Ainsdale Sand Dunes, designated as one of the National Nature Reserves in England. This nature reserve also comprises part of a Ramsar site.
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