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Merseyside is a metropolitan county in North West England, with a population of 1,365,900. A large and broadly homogeneous conurbation in North West England, Merseyside, is an urban and suburban region with well-integrated services and transportation infrastructures lining both sides of the River Mersey estuary, and whose social and commercial focus is clearly centered on the city of Liverpool. The term, Merseyside, therefore, is a convenient alternative to what otherwise, by now, would almost certainly have become known as "Greater Liverpool." Taking its name from the River Mersey, Merseyside came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972. The county consists of five metropolitan boroughs by the Mersey estuary, including the City of Liverpool.

Merseyside County Council was abolished in 1986, and so its districts (the metropolitan boroughs) are now effectively unitary authorities. However, the metropolitan county continues to exist in law and as a geographic frame of reference.

Merseyside is divided into two parts by the Mersey estuary; the Wirral is located on the west side of the estuary, upon the Wirral Peninsula and the rest of the county is located on the east side. The northern part of Merseyside borders onto Lancashire to the north, Greater Manchester to the east, both parts border Cheshire to the south.

The territory comprising the county of Merseyside previously formed part of the administrative counties of Lancashire (north of the River Mersey) and Cheshire (south of the River Mersey). (With the addition of Halton - the conjoined boroughs of Widnes and Runcorn - under consideration and already regarded as part of the Liverpool City Region - Merseyside's population would rise to approximately 1.5million.)

Locations within Merseyside:

Aigburth
Ainsdale
Aintree
Ashton in Makerfield
Aughton
Bebington
Bidston
Billinge
Birkenhead
Bootle
Bromborough
Burtonwood
Childwall
Clock Face
Collins Green
Crank
Cronton
Crosby
Crossens
Deysbrook
Dingle
Earlestown
Eccleston
Fazakerley
Formby
Garswood
Great Altcar
Great Crosby
Great Meols
Halewood
Haydock
Heswall
Higher Bebington
Hightown
Hoylake
Huyton
Huyton Quarry
Ince Blundell
Kirkby
Knowsley
Litherland
Liverpool
Lower Bebington
Lydiate
Maghull
Melling
Moreton
New Boston
New Ferry
Old Boston
Port Sunlight
Prescot
Rainford
Rainhill
Roby
Saint Helens
Seacombe
Seaforth
Sefton
Southport
Speke
Thatto Heath
Thornton
Thurstaston
Toxteth
Upton
Wallasey
Walton on the Hill
Wavertree
West Derby
West Kirby
Woodchurch
Woolton

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Status: Ceremonial & Metropolitan county
Region: North West England
Area: 645 sq. km
ONS code: 2B
NUTS 3: UKD5
Population: 1,365,900 (2005 est.)
Council: No County Council

 

 
     
 
   

 
 
   
 
 
 
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