Blackbrook, St Helens

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Blackbrook
The Ship Inn, Blackbrook - geograph.org.uk - 511038.jpg
The Ship Inn public house, Blackbrook
Blackbrook is located in Merseyside
Blackbrook
Blackbrook
Blackbrook shown within Merseyside
Population 10,639 (2011.Ward)
OS grid reference SJ525951
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town ST. HELENS
Postcode district WA9
Dialling code 01744
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Merseyside
53°27′58″N 2°41′56″W / 53.466°N 2.699°W / 53.466; -2.699Coordinates: 53°27′58″N 2°41′56″W / 53.466°N 2.699°W / 53.466; -2.699

Blackbrook is a locality and an electoral ward in St Helens, Merseyside. Historically in Lancashire, the area is so called after the brook of the same name. The population of the ward taken at the 2011 census was 10,639.[1] The Blackbrook area is situated in the north east of St Helens Borough and is historically part of the Parr township.

The actual brook itself forms the boundary between the townships of Parr, Haydock and Ashton in Makerfield.[2]

History[edit]

In 1770, the Penny Bridge branch of the Sankey Canal was extended through Blackbrook, adjacent to the brook, to facilitate the transport of coal from the Stanley Colliery, Ashton in Makerfield.[3]

Education[edit]

Schools in the area include St. Augustine of Canterbury High School, St Mary's Blackbrook Roman Catholic Primary School and Ashurst Primary School.

Sport[edit]

Blackbrook ARLFC amateur rugby league team, founded in 1975, play at Boardmans Lane. Blackbrook has been a feeder club for St. Helens, Wigan and Warrington and many players have been produced from this amateur team who have entered into the professional ranks of rugby league.

Amongst the notables being Brian Case and Barry Williams

Steve Ganson, current rugby league referee, attended both Blackbrook Roman Catholic Primary School and St. Augustine of Canterbury High School. A signed Steve Ganson jersey from the Rugby League World Cup (in which he refereed) still hangs proudly at St. Augustine of Canterbury High School to this day.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St. Helens ward population 2011". Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "History of Lancashire volume 3". Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "History of the Sankey Canal". Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 6 February 2010.