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St. Nicholas' Church, Blundellsands
|Blundellsands shown within Merseyside|
|Population||11,514 (2001 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
Blundellsands or Blundell Sands is an area of Merseyside, England in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, and a Sefton council electoral ward. At the 2001 Census the population was recorded as 11,514. This area was not measured in the 2011 Census. For current figures see Blundellsands (Ward).
Blundellsands is an area north to the city of Liverpool and to the west of Crosby with Hightown and Little Crosby to the north, Great Crosby and Thornton to the east and Brighton-le-Sands and Waterloo to the south. The area is served by Blundellsands & Crosby and Hall Road railway stations. Its shoreline, the northern part of Crosby Beach, includes parts of the popular exhibit, Another Place, designed by the sculptor Antony Gormley. Several of the Gormley statues are accessible from the Burbo Bank car park. The area is generally considered to be very affluent with many local celebrities, footballers, politicians, businessmen and wealthy people in general making up the vast majority of residents calling this their home.
There are several independent and public schools in the area.
Blundellsands was named in honour of the famous Blundell family of Little Crosby, Catholic recusants during the English Reformation, who owned the land upon which the area was built, beginning in the 1870s. Thomas Mellard Reade (1832-1909) architect laying out the Blundellsands estate in 1868. He was also a civil engineer, and geologist and worked at Liverpool University.
The electoral ward of Blundellsands was generally considered to be a safe Conservative stronghold with all 3 Councillors representing the area on Sefton council coming from the Conservative Party. After 25 years representing the ward, Paula Parry, leader of the Tory group on the council, was sensationally defeated by the Labour candidate at the May 2012 local elections, and the Labour Party has continued to chalk up victories in subsequent elections.
As part of the administrative county of Lancashire, Blundellsands was part of the Great Crosby urban district which combined with other urban districts in 1927 to form the municipal borough of Crosby. On 1 April 1974, the whole Municipal Borough of Crosby became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.
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