infobox UK place
country = England
population= 12,265 (2001)citeweb|url=http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=5941413&c=birkdale&d=14&e=16&g=360367&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1193234810656&enc=1|title=2001 Census: Birkdale|work=Office for National Statistics Retrieved 24 October 2007 ]
region= North West England
static_image_caption= Birkdale village centre
Birkdale is a village and district in the southern part of the
conurbationof the town of Southport, within the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside, in the north-west of England. The village is located on the Irish Seacoast, approximately a mile away from the centre of its now parent town. From 1894 to 1912, Birkdale and the adjoining suburb/village of Ainsdalewere administered by Birkdale Urban DistrictCouncil before becoming part of the county boroughof Southport. Until 1974, Birkdale lay in the traditional borders of the county of Lancashire. As of the 2001 census, it had a population of 12,265. Birkdale also inspired the name for a new urban mixed use community twelve miles North of Charlotte, North Carolina in Huntersville, North Carolina called Birkdale Village.
Birkdale probably takes its name from two
Old Norsewords, "birki" meaning "birch-copse" and "dalr" meaning "dale" or "valley". [ citeweb|url=http://members.tripod.com/~ian_h/ainsdale.htm|title=Ainsdale On-line Retrieved 24 October 2007 ] [citeweb|url=http://www.formbycivicsociety.org.uk/learning/full_article.asp?storyid=14|title=Vikings In Lancashire|work=Formby Civic Society|date=4 March 2004 Retrieved 24 October 2007 ]
On the whole it is a wealthy area featuring many large Victorian and
Edwardianhouses; many of the houses have not yet been broken up into individual flats, and still house families. The area is almost entirely residential, with mainly semi-detached houses as the norm. In the summer of 2003, the average property price was £149,550 (just under £10,000 less than the national average). This has risen to £200,844 in July 2005, more than £20,000 over the national mix-adjusted national average house price. The area has become a popular area with footballers from local Merseyside or Lancashire clubs.
The village centre (still commonly referred to as Birkdale Village) is on Liverpool Road and features a variety of (mostly local) shops.
Birkdale railway stationis situated on the Northern Line of the Merseyrailnetwork, that links Southport to Liverpool.
Despite its small size, Birkdale receives a great deal of sporting attention once every few years as it plays host to
The Open Championship. It was last played at the Royal Birkdale golfcourse in July 2008. To lesser fame, the home ground of the Southport and Birkdale Cricket Club on Trafalgar Road is used for county level cricketmatches approximately once a year. Southport and Birkdale squash club, also play here and are in the North West Counties Squash League. Red Rumthe legendary racehorse who was trained by Ginger McCainhad his stables in Upper Aughton Road in Birkdale. Birkdale United AFC, a junior football club which has set future top-flight footballers such as Dominic Matteo, Shaun Tealeand Paul Dalglishon their way, still has its home in the village and boasts teams for boys and girls of all ages.
Birkdale has three secondary schools,
Christ the King Catholic High School, which has around 1200 pupils through sixth form, Birkdale High Schoolwhich is for boys, and Greenbank High School(in the part of Birkdale known as Hillside) for girls.
Birkdale is served by frequent buses run by
Arriva(to Southport, Formby and Liverpool), Cumfybus, and Stagecoach (to Liverpool and Preston). Birkdale has two stations, Birkdale and Hillside which are on the Northern Line of the Merseyrailnetwork.
A. J. P. Taylorwas born in Birkdale in 1906. Marcus Morriswas vicar of St James' Church, Lulworth Road, in the 1940s and 50s.
* [http://www.royalbirkdale.com Royal Birkdale Golf Club]
* [http://www.opengolfuk.com Open Golf Tournament Information]
* [http://www.birkdaleunited.co.uk Birkdale United AFC]
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