Brimstage Craft Centre
 Brimstage shown within Merseyside
Population 100 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ304826
    London  177 mi (285 km)[2] SE
Metropolitan boroughWirral
Metropolitan county Merseyside
RegionNorth West
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town WIRRAL
Postcode district CH63
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°19′54″N 3°03′44″W / 53.3316°N 3.0622°W / 53.3316; -3.0622

Brimstage (local /ˈbrɪmstɪ/) is a village located in the centremost part[3] of the Wirral Peninsula, England, east of Heswall and west of Bebington. The village is located in the Clatterbridge Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral and in the parliamentary constituency of Wirral South. At the time of the 2001 Census, Brimstage had a population of 100.[1]


Although the exact date of construction is unknown, Brimstage Hall is believed to have been built between the 12th century and 14th century, making it one of the oldest buildings on Merseyside.[3][4] Originally the site was enclosed by a moat and high embankment. The building's first known occupants were Sir Hugh Hulse and his wife, who were granted the right to construct a chapel in 1398.

Brimstage was the home of the Domville family, who arrived with William the Conqueror. The seventh Lord of Oxton, third Lord of Brimstage, Sir Roger de Domville, 'listened for the word Brunstath' (the old name for Brimstage) during proceedings at Chester. He was to go to meet his wife Isobel, at his home, Brimstage Hall. The year was 1288. There is a male descendency from the time of William the Conqueror for the Domvilles which is continued today (2013). The family were to leave the hall when the Hulse family took residence circa 1378.

Brimstage was formerly a township in Bromborough Parish of the Wirral Hundred. The population was 127 in 1801, 126 in 1851, 181 in 1901 and 135 in 1951.[5] On 1 April 1974, local government reorganisation in England and Wales resulted in most of Wirral, including Brimstage, transfer from the county of Cheshire to Merseyside as part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral.

There were two pubs in Brimstage, the Red Cat and the Pig and Whistle. The Red Cat was knocked down and never rebuilt while the Pig and Whistle is thought to have been the now named Rose Cottage adjacent to the Pig and Whistle field.


Brimstage is in the central part of the Wirral Peninsula, approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Leasowe Lighthouse, about 4.5 km (2.8 mi) east-north-east of the Dee Estuary at Gayton and about 4.5 km (2.8 mi) west-north-west of the River Mersey at Port Sunlight. The village is situated at an elevation of around 40 m (130 ft) above sea level.[6]


Brimstage is a rural community centred on a small village green, consisting of Brimstage Hall, numerous farms and a small number of dwellings. Brimstage Hall and the surrounding Courtyard hosts a vibrant retail community which includes these retailers.

In 2006 the former dairy at Home farm was refurbished to become the home of Brimstage Brewery - Wirral's first commercial brewery since the closure of Birkenhead Brewery in the 1960s.[7]

Brimstage, along with the neighbouring villages of Raby 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.[8]


Services operating along Brimstage Road and Talbot Avenue to the west of the village as of 2015:

Number Route Operator Days of operation
85 Clatterbridge Hospital - Heswall Avon Buses Monday - Saturday
86 Heswall - Mill Park Avon Buses Monday-Saturday evenings
87 Heswall - Eastham Ferry Avon Buses Sunday
113 New Ferry - Heswall A2B Travel Monday-Saturday early evenings
113 Heswall - Clatterbridge Hospital A2B Travel Once a Monday-Saturday evening


  1. 1 2 Wirral 2001 Census: Brimstage, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, archived from the original on 29 September 2007, retrieved 18 May 2007
  2. "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. 1 2 Brimstage,, retrieved 29 August 2007
  4. "Brimstage Hall Courtyard". Retrieved 26 April 2008.
  5. Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Brimstage, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 29 August 2007
  6. "SRTM & Ordnance Survey Elevation Data in PHP". Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  7. Coslett, Paul (5 February 2007). "Brewing in Brimstage". BBC. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  8. Brimstage, Raby & Thornton Hough: A Strategy for Change Management (PDF), Thornton Hough Community Trust, p. 28, retrieved 29 August 2007


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