Barnston, Merseyside


The churchyard of Christchurch, during winter 2006
 Barnston shown within Merseyside
Population 947 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSJ284835
    London  178 mi (286 km)[1] SE
Metropolitan boroughWirral
Metropolitan county Merseyside
RegionNorth West
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town WIRRAL
Postcode district CH61
Dialling code 0151
ISO 3166 code GB-WRL
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK ParliamentWirral South
List of places

Coordinates: 53°20′38″N 3°04′34″W / 53.344°N 3.076°W / 53.344; -3.076

Barnston is a village on the Wirral Peninsula, in the county of Merseyside, England, situated to the north east of Heswall. Administratively, the village is located in the Pensby & Thingwall Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral and the parliamentary constituency of Wirral West. At the 2001 Census, Barnston had a population of 3,620 (1,700 males, 1,920 females)[2] At the 2011 Census, the population was 947 (501 males, 441 females).[3]


Barnston is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Bernestone and comprised two mills, a manor house and a hospital.[4]

Formerly a township in Woodchurch Parish, Wirral Hundred. Barnston's population was 129 in 1801, 239 in 1851, 522 in 1901 and 832 in 1951.[5]

On 24 March 1962, The Beatles performed at the Barnston Women's Institute. It is noted that this was the first time that Brian Epstein put The Beatles into suits for their performances. John Lennon regarded this as the first, and perhaps the ultimate, sellout of their career. The Beatles played here again on Saturday 30 June and Tuesday 25 September 1962.[6][7][8]

On 1 April 1974, local government reorganisation in England and Wales resulted in most of Wirral, including Barnston, transfer from the county of Cheshire to Merseyside.


Barnston is in the central part of the Wirral Peninsula, approximately 8.5 km (5.3 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Meols, about 3 km (1.9 mi) east-north-east of the Dee Estuary at Heswall and 6 km (3.7 mi) west-south-west of the River Mersey at New Ferry. Barnston is situated between Poll Hill in Heswall and Storeton Hill, with the village at an elevation of around 67 m (220 ft) above sea level.[9]


Village landmarks include Christchurch parish church, which was opened in 1871,[10][11] a primary school[12][13] and The Fox & Hounds public house.[14][15]

The Barnstondale Centre, originally Scott's Field and known locally as 'The Camp', is set on a 15 acres (6.1 ha) site which includes woodland.[16] It is an all-weather activity centre and charitable trust.[17]


See also


  1. "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  2. Wirral 2001 Census: Barnston, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 5 September 2007
  3. "Patish population 2011". Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  4. Cheshire (A-K): Barnston, Domesday Book Online, retrieved 5 September 2007
  5. Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Barnston, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, archived from the original on 16 March 2007, retrieved 7 March 2007
  6. March 24, retrieved 24 January 2009
  7. The Venues, retrieved 24 January 2009
  8. Beatles history – 1962, retrieved 24 January 2009
  9. "SRTM & Ordnance Survey Elevation Data in PHP". Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  10. "CHURCH". Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  11. "Wirral Historic Settlement Study" (PDF). Merseyside Historic Characterisation Project. December 2011. p. 6. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  12. "BARNSTON PRIMARY SCHOOL (history)". Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  13. "About Us". Barnston Primary School. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  14. "FOX & HOUNDS". Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  15. "History of The Fox and Hounds". The Fox & Hounds. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  16. "History". Barnstondale. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  17. Millington, Colin, Barnston Village: Camp, retrieved 5 September 2007


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