Caldy

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Caldy
Village
Caldy Village Green (geograph 2541489).jpg
The village green in Caldy
Caldy is located in Merseyside
Caldy
Caldy
Caldy shown within Merseyside
Population 1,290 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ226854
• London 181 mi (291 km)[2] SE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WIRRAL
Postcode district CH48
Dialling code 0151
ISO 3166 code GB-WRL
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Merseyside
53°21′32″N 3°09′50″W / 53.359°N 3.164°W / 53.359; -3.164Coordinates: 53°21′32″N 3°09′50″W / 53.359°N 3.164°W / 53.359; -3.164

Caldy is a small, affluent village on the Wirral Peninsula, England, located to the south east of West Kirby. It is part of the West Kirby & Thurstaston Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral and is situated in the parliamentary constituency of Wirral West. At the time of the 2001 Census, Caldy had 1,290 inhabitants,[1] of a total ward population of 12,869.[3]

History[edit]

It was first mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 as being owned by Hugh of Mere. Nearby is a large area of National Trust land called Caldy Hill. Many of the houses and walls in the village centre are built from the local red sandstone.

Caldy was a township in the West Kirby Parish of the Wirral Hundred. The population was 92 in 1801, 142 in 1851, 202 in 1901 and 607 in 1951.[4] Until the twentieth century, Caldy was effectively a farming and agricultural village. However, The Caldy Manor Estates Company divided the land into smaller building plots, and from here one of the north of England's most exclusive residential village emerged.[5][dubious ] Between 1894 and 1933, Caldy was part of Wirral Rural District, then subsequently Wirral Urban District. On 1 April 1974, local government reorganisation in England and Wales resulted in most of Wirral, including Caldy, transfer from the county of Cheshire to Merseyside.

Caldy railway station was situated on the Hooton to West Kirby branch of the Chester and Birkenhead Railway. The station closed in 1954 and the trackbed is now the 'Wirral Way' of Wirral Country Park.

Geography[edit]

Caldy lies on the western side of the Wirral Peninsula, and is situated on the eastern side of the Dee Estuary. The village is approximately 3.5 km (2.2 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Hoylake and about 11 km (6.8 mi) west-south-west of the River Mersey at Woodside. The centre of the village is situated at an elevation of about 44 m (144 ft) above sea level.[6]

Education[edit]

Calday Grange Grammar School is between Caldy and West Kirby, with West Kirby Grammar School and Hilbre High School nearby.

Sport[edit]

Caldy Rugby Football Club, a rugby union club, play at Paton Field in nearby Thurstaston. The team currently compete in National League 2 North, the fourth tier of the rugby union pyramid in England.

Caldy Cricket Club play at Paton Field in nearby Thurstaston in the summer months. They currently field four Saturday teams in the Liverpool and District Cricket Competition.

Transport[edit]

Road[edit]

The B5140 at the junction with Croft Drive

Caldy is located at the junction of the B5140 and B5141 roads, and is near to the A540.

Rail[edit]

The nearest railway station to Caldy is West Kirby, on the Wirral Line of the Merseyrail network after Caldy railway station was closed in 1954.

Notable residents[edit]

Caldy is noted for having many well-known residents, particularly those connected to professional football, such as Robbie Fowler[7] and Rafael Benítez. Rafael Benitez in a press conference referred to 'John the milkman' in the Wirral while launching cryptic attack on previous Liverpool club owner Tom Hicks and managing director Christian Purslow.[8]

The poet and novelist Malcolm Lowry lived in Caldy as a child, and the science fiction author Olaf Stapledon lived in Caldy from 1940 until his death in 1950.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wirral 2001 Census: Caldy, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 10 May 2007 
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". boulter.com. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  3. ^ 2001 Census: West Kirby & Caldy (Ward), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 10 May 2007 
  4. ^ Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Caldy, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 26 April 2008 
  5. ^ Hughes, Mark, Caldy, Village of Dreams (draft) 
  6. ^ "SRTM & Ordnance Survey Elevation Data in PHP". Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Fowler admits phone drive offence, BBC Merseyside, 20 March 2009, retrieved 20 March 2009 
  8. ^ "Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez attacks former owner and Anfield hierarchy". The Daily Telegraph. London. 19 October 2010. 

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