Coordinates: 53°22′48″N 3°04′31″W / 53.38°N 3.0753°W / 53.38; -3.0753
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Shops adjoining Townfield Close
Noctorum is located in Merseyside
Location within Merseyside
Population4,990 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ285875
• London179 mi (288 km)[2] SE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPRENTON
Postcode districtCH43
Dialling code0151
ISO 3166 codeGB-WRL
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
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53°22′48″N 3°04′31″W / 53.38°N 3.0753°W / 53.38; -3.0753

Noctorum is a suburb of Birkenhead, Merseyside, England. Administratively it is within the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral as part of Claughton Ward. Noctorum is in the north east of the Wirral Peninsula, bounded by the Beechwood estate to the north, Claughton and Oxton to the east and south east, and the River Fender and M53 motorway to the west.

Due to a redefining of post towns by the Royal Mail in 2003, Noctorum is identified as being within Prenton (which is in fact a geographically separate suburb of Birkenhead), yet this was only a postal change and Noctorum itself still remains a part of Birkenhead.

At the 2001 census the population of Noctorum was 4,990.[1] For the 2011 census no population figures specific to Noctorum were available. However the total population of Claughton Ward, which includes Noctorum, was 14,705.[3]


The name Noctorum has been suggested Old Irish in origin, originally Cnocc Tírim, meaning "Dry Hill".[4] This may be in reference to Bidston Hill,[citation needed] of which Noctorum is situated on its western slope. The name may long pre-date the Norse-Irish settlement in the early 10th century and go back to a Hibernian settlement of the west coast in the Sub-Roman period (early 5th century).[citation needed]

Noctorum appears as Chenoterie (Norman French) in the Domesday Book of 1086.[5] "Chêne" (French for oak) may be used here as in the Wirral hamlet of Landican (Old Welsh/Brythonic) called Landechene, the Oak Enclosure in the Norman French of the Doomsday Book.

Noctorum was a township of the parish of Woodchurch, in the Wirral Hundred. It existed as a civil parish from 1866 until 1933 when it was added to Birkenhead civil parish. The same year Noctorum was subsumed into the County Borough of Birkenhead, within the county of Cheshire.[6][7] On 1 April 1974, local government reorganisation in England and Wales resulted in most of the Wirral Peninsula, including Noctorum, transfer from the county of Cheshire to the nascent county of Merseyside.

The population was recorded at 17 in 1801, 32 in 1851, 212 in 1901[6] and 473 in 1931.[8]


Noctorum is in the northern part of the Wirral Peninsula, approximately 4.5 km (2.8 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Leasowe, 6.5 km (4.0 mi) east-north-east of the Dee Estuary at Caldy and 4 km (2.5 mi) west of the River Mersey at Tranmere. Noctorum is situated on the western side of the Bidston to Storeton ridge, with the area at an elevation of between 10–60 m (33–197 ft) above sea level.[9]


Noctorum is within the parliamentary constituency of Birkenhead. The current Member of Parliament is Mick Whitley, a Labour representative. He has been the MP since 2019.

At local government level, Noctorum is incorporated into the Claughton Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, in the metropolitan county of Merseyside. It is represented on Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by three councillors.[10] The most recent local elections took place on 6 May 2021.


Noctorum Lane

Noctorum Lane is the site of the Grade II listed buildings Mere Hall and Rathmore. Both large houses were designed by Edmund Kirby and built in the 1880s.[11][12]


Ridgeway High School and the Discovery City Learning Centre (containing Ridgeway Library) is situated within this suburb. There is also a large council estate located here.


Upton railway station is the nearest station to Noctorum. It is located on the Borderlands line between Bidston and Wrexham.

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  1. ^ a b "Wirral 2001 Census: Noctorum". Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2007.
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Claughton Ward (E05000959)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Key to English Placenames: Noctorum". University of Nottingham. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Cheshire L-Z". The Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Noctorum". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Birkenhead MB/CB". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Noctorum". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  9. ^ "SRTM & Ordnance Survey Elevation Data in PHP". Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Your Councillors by Ward". Wirral Borough Council. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  11. ^ Historic England. "Mere Hall (1291909)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  12. ^ Historic England. "Rathmore (1291876)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 August 2020.


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