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Waterloo is an area of the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, in Merseyside, England. Along with Seaforth the two localities make up the Sefton Ward of Church. The area is bordered by Crosby to the north, Seaforth to the south, the Rimrose Valley country park to the east, and to the west the Crosby Beach and Crosby Coastal Park.
Crosby Beach begins in Waterloo at the Crosby Marine Park and stretches 3 miles up to Hightown and is the location of Antony Gormley's Another Place. Waterloo is home to The Plaza Community Cinema, an award-winning volunteer ran cinema and host of local community public events.
Waterloo was historically part of Lancashire and originally an area of Crosby, named Crosby Seabank. At that time it consisted mostly of cottages, the beach front, sand-hills and fields. The area grew in popularity with wealthy visitors from Liverpool prompting the planning and construction of a large hotel in the Georgian style to be named the Crosby Seabank Hotel. The grand opening coincided with 18 June 1816, the first anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, and was named the Royal Waterloo Hotel in honour of the event. Gradually, as population increased and the area became an identifiable location it became known as Waterloo, with several streets taking the name of names associated with the battle cementing the association.
Waterloo was included in the urban district of Waterloo with Seaforth, and subsequently became part of the municipal borough of Crosby in 1937. On 1 April 1974 the Municipal Borough of Crosby became part of the newly created Metropolitan Borough of Sefton.
From 1918 until 1950 Waterloo was within the Parliamentary seat known as the Waterloo constituency, a safe seat for the Conservative Party. From 1950 until 2010 Waterloo was within the boundaries of the Crosby constituency. From 1997 to 2010 the Member of Parliament (MP) was Claire Curtis-Thomas, a member of the Labour Party, prior to her election the Crosby seat was generally considered to be a safe Conservative Party stronghold, like its predecessor seat, with Tory MPs elected at every election barring the 1981 Crosby by-election where Shirley Williams of the Social Democratic Party was elected to represent the constituency.
As a result of boundary revisions for the 2010 general election the Crosby constituency was abolished and Waterloo was included in the expanded Bootle constituency. For elections to Sefton Council, The southern part of Waterloo is within the electoral ward of Church and is represented by three councillors. The Northern part from St John's rd to Queensway is in Victoria and is represented by Cllr Jan Grace, Cllr Les Byrom CBE and Cllr Michael Roche.
Waterloo is a residential suburb of predominately Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian villas, mews and terraces, facing the sea. The South Road offers shops and restaurants. A series of public gardens – built as a job creation scheme during the 1930s Great Depression run adjacent to the esplanade that abuts the marina leading to the coast and beach.
Chaffers Running Track
Chaffers Running Track was established in the early 1960s. It was much loved and extensively used by the residents of Waterloo including local schools for their weekly sports days – and indeed the rest of Sefton. Southport and Waterloo Running Club used Chaffers as their base for about 15 years until the Litherland Park Sports Centre (LPSC ) was built. When the plans for LPSC were given the green light the Council left CHaffers running track to nature. In June 2020 the restoration of the overgrown running track was undertaken by Marsh Lane Harriers ( all volunteers ) and headed by founding member of the running club John Carragher, the brother of footballer Jamie Carragher. The project is backed by the Jamie Carragher 23 Foundation covering some initial costs. The MLH project came about due to a local runner Len Wilson, of Rimrose Runners having conversations with Chris Murphy, of Marsh Lane Harriers about the possible restoration of the running track. It had been discussed in 2019– following the idea, and fundraising, of restoration by Councillor Michael Roche/Rimrose Valley Friends ( RVF ) members. Following no attempt to fundraise by RVF, in April 2020 Chris Murphy arranged a meeting between himself, Len Wilson John Carragher and friend ( a machine driver ), and Phil Carragher from the 23 Foundation. At that meeting, despite some obstacles, John Carragher – backed by the JC 23 Foundation – offered to undertake the restoration without funds coming from any other source. All the volunteers who carried on the work on the project were Marsh Lane Harriers ( friends of John Carragher ).
Rimrose Valley Wildflower Meadow
In 2019 a 3 acre wildflower meadow was established instigated by local resident Linda Gaskell with help from Sefton Councillor Michael Roche. The meadow is located within the former athletic track At Chafer's Fields. The varieties were selected by Richard Scott of the Eden Project and include Cornflower, sunflower, field marigold, camomile and poppies. It is planned to extend the meadow each year along the Valley.
The Marina is a stretch of fields and protected natural wildlife area near the Marina Lake. The area begins adjacent to the Royal Seaforth Dock. A path runs through the Marina toward the sand dunes of Crosby Beach, it is the main route taken by foot to get to the beach, beginning at the top of South Road, Waterloo. The Marina has a café (Waterloo Place opened in 2015) and the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre (opened in early 2010). The Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre offers a bar and bistro, a fitness suite, accommodation and suites for hire.
Antony Gormley's "Another Place"
The beach at Waterloo is the permanent home of Antony Gormley's Another Place. The permanent art installation consists of figures of cast iron facing out to sea, spread over a 2 mile (3.2 km) stretch of the beach between Waterloo and Blundellsands.
The Plaza Community Cinema
The Plaza Cinema has been a part of the fabric of Waterloo since 1939. The opening coincided with the outbreak of World War II forcing it to immediately close its doors under war time restrictions until the public order was rescinded by the government. Originally named The Plaza, it has changed hands numerous times during its life, becoming known as The Odeon in the 1950s, The Classic in the 1970s and The Apollo in the 1990s.
In 1996 the cinema was closed when the owners decided to sell the property for redevelopment. After numerous petitions the cinema was reopened on 18 July 1997 under a community trust and its original name restored. After successfully raising money to secure equipment, the re-opened cinema was staffed entirely by volunteers apart from the projectionist. After the support of British Film Commissioner Sir Sydney Samuelson the cinema was able to secureThe Lost World: Jurassic Park as first film to be shown. Since then The Plaza has been a focal community point in Waterloo, offering Autism friendly screenings, Kids clubs and social clubs. In September 2009 the Plaza celebrated its 70th anniversary.
In May 2010, the venue hosted the celebration event for the Who I Am and Where I'm From project which showcased a collection of animations produced by the Polish Community in Sefton called Polska Tales.
In July 2011 the cinema completed an £80,000 refurbishment that saw Sir Sydney Samuelson attend its reopening ceremony.
There are three primary schools: Waterloo Primary, St. Johns C of E Primary, and St Edmunds & St Thomas's RC. Local High Schools are situated in Crosby.
The district is served by Waterloo railway station on the Northern Line of the Merseyrail network. Waterloo is connected to Liverpool by the "Dock Road". The number 53 bus runs through South Road, Waterloo and into Liverpool City centre.
Waterloo was home to Waterloo rugby club who took their name from the area having played there from 1884 until 1892 before moving back to Blundellsands. In 1992, they famously defeated then English champions and cup holders Bath 9-8 in a fourth round cup tie. The marina in Waterloo, and adjacent Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, is also home to the Crosby Scout and Guide Marina Club.
- Cherie Booth
- J. Bruce Ismay
- Edward Smith (sea captain), captain of RMS Titanic when she sank
- Josh Kirby
- Frank McLardy, member of the British Union of Fascists and Waffen-SS British Free Corps
- Nicholas Murray, locally born author
Links with Sierra Leone
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- Echo, Liverpool (12 April 2012). "Waterloo woman living Titanic captain Edward Smith's former home to opens doors to history fans". Liverpool Echo.
- "Josh Kirby". Liverpool Museums.
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- Two Waterloos, One Hope, The Waterloo Partnership, retrieved 28 March 2007