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Garden of Remembrance Landican where George D Hardey's ashes were scattered (1).jpg
The Garden of Remembrance, Landican Cemetery
Landican is located in Merseyside
Landican shown within Merseyside
Population 20 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ283855
• London 178 mi (286 km)[2] SE
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Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WIRRAL
Postcode district CH49
Dialling code 0151
ISO 3166 code GB-WRL
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Coordinates: 53°21′40″N 3°04′41″W / 53.361°N 3.078°W / 53.361; -3.078

Landican (local /ˈləndɪkˌn/) is a hamlet on the Wirral Peninsula, England. It is situated on the outskirts of Birkenhead, near to Woodchurch and the M53 motorway. Landican consists of a small group of cottages and farm buildings.[3] At the 2001 Census the community had a population of only 20.[1]


In 1085, Landican was recorded in the Domesday Book as Landechene.[4] The name possibly derives from Llan diacon, meaning "church of the deacon", with the llan- prefix being of Welsh origin.[5] However, it does not have a parish church and probably refers to Woodchurch.[5][nb 1]

The hamlet was a township in Woodchurch Parish of the Wirral Hundred and was added to Birkenhead civil parish in 1933. The population was 45 in 1801, 57 in 1851 and 71 in 1901.[6]


Landican is in the central part of the Wirral Peninsula, approximately 6 km (3.7 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Leasowe Lighthouse, 5 km (3.1 mi) east-north-east of the Dee Estuary at Thurstaston and 5 km (3.1 mi) west-south-west of the River Mersey at Tranmere Oil Terminal. Landican is situated between Thurstaston Hill and the Bidston to Storeton ridge, with the centre of the hamlet at an elevation of about 44 m (144 ft) above sea level.[7]

Landican Cemetery[edit]

Landican Cemetery is situated opposite Arrowe Park and is one of the main cemetery and crematorium sites for the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral.

There are 125 Commonwealth service war graves of World War II in the cemetery, 35 of them in a war graves plot, and include two unidentified sailors of the Royal Navy and an unidentified airman.[8] In addition, a Screen Wall memorial opposite the Cross of Sacrifice at the plot lists 38 service personnel of the same war who were cremated at the crematorium, which was opened in 1934.[9]

Other individuals buried or cremated there include:


  1. ^ In this instance, Llan de chesne would be a Welsh-Norman construct, literally "church (built) of oak (wood)".


  1. ^ a b Wirral 2001 Census: Landican, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 1 September 2007 
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Landican Village, Geograph, retrieved 6 February 2009 
  4. ^ Cheshire L-Z: Landican, Domesday Book Online, retrieved 1 September 2007 
  5. ^ a b Johnston, Rev. James B. (1915). The Place-names of England and Wales. London: John Murray. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Landican, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 1 September 2007 
  7. ^ "SRTM & Ordnance Survey Elevation Data in PHP". Retrieved 1 November 2016. 
  8. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.
  9. ^ [2] CWGC Cemetery Report.


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