The Wheatsheaf Inn, The Green, Raby
|Population||100 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||175 mi (282 km) SE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-WRL|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
Raby (locally //) is a hamlet located within the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, England. It is located at the south-central part of the Wirral Peninsula, within the Clatterbridge Ward in the parliamentary constituency of Wirral South. At the time of the United Kingdom Census 2001, Raby had a total population of 100.
The name is of Viking origin, deriving from the Old Norse Ra-byr, meaning 'boundary settlement'. It is believed to be so named because it lay close to the boundary which existed in the 10th and 11th centuries between the Norse colony in Wirral to the north, centred on Thingwall, and Anglo-Saxon Mercia to the south.
Raby is in the central part of the Wirral Peninsula, approximately 12.5 km (7.8 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Leasowe Lighthouse, 3.5 km (2.2 mi) east-north-east of the Dee Estuary at Parkgate and about 5.5 km (3.4 mi) west of the River Mersey at Eastham. The hamlet is situated at an elevation of around 50 m (160 ft) above sea level.
Raby is a rural community, comprising a few houses, two farms and an old, thatched public house, the 'Wheatsheaf', which is well known in the locality. The pub is owned by the Leverhulme Estate, which owns much land locally.
Raby, along with the neighbouring villages of Brimstage and Thornton Hough, are within an Area of Special Landscape Value, a protective designation to preserve the character and appearance of the area. This is part of the Wirral Unitary Development Plan of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral.
The parish church is All Saints Church, Thornton Hough. The local primary school is Thornton Hough Primary.
Services operating in the Raby Area as of 2015:
|Number||Route||Operator||Days of operation|
|85||Clatterbridge Hospital - Heswall||Avon Buses||Monday - Saturday|
The nearest station to Raby is Bromborough railway station, about 3.5 km (2.2 mi) to the east. This station is on the Wirral Line of the Merseyrail network, with frequent services to Liverpool, Chester and Ellesmere Port.
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