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Noctorum is located in Merseyside
 Noctorum shown within Merseyside
Population 4,990 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ285875
Metropolitan borough Metropolitan Borough of Wirral
Metropolitan county Merseyside
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PRENTON
Postcode district CH43
Dialling code 0151
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Birkenhead
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Coordinates: 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, in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. At the 2001 Census the population of Noctorum was 4,990 (2,360 males, 2,630 females).[1]

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.

Noctorum Lane is the site of Rathmore, a Grade II listed house designed by Edmund Kirby.[2]

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.


Noctorum Lane

The name Noctorum is of Old Irish origin, originally Cnocc Tirim, meaning 'Dry Hill'.[3] 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.[4] "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. The population was 17 in 1801, 32 in 1851 and 212 in 1901.[5] It was added to Birkenhead civil parish in 1933 and part of the County Borough of Birkenhead, within the geographical county of Cheshire, until local government reorganisation on 1 April 1974.

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  1. ^ a b Wirral 2001 Census: Noctorum, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 3 July 2007 
  2. ^ "Noctorum Lane brochure" (PDF). 
  3. ^ What's in a Name?,, retrieved 26 June 2007 
  4. ^ Cheshire L-Z, The Domesday Book Online, retrieved 16 January 2009 
  5. ^ Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Noctorum, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 1 May 2008 


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