The Old Post Office, The Nook, Frankby
 Frankby shown within Merseyside
Population 310 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ245868
    London  181 mi (291 km)[2] SE
Metropolitan boroughWirral
Metropolitan county Merseyside
RegionNorth West
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town WIRRAL
Postcode district CH48
Dialling code 0151
ISO 3166 code GB-WRL
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK ParliamentWirral West
List of places

Coordinates: 53°22′24″N 3°08′10″W / 53.3734°N 3.1361°W / 53.3734; -3.1361

Frankby (local /ˈfrænkbi/) is a village on the Wirral Peninsula, England, and is located between Greasby and West Kirby. It is part of the Greasby, Frankby & Irby Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral and is situated in the parliamentary constituency of Wirral West. According to the 2001 Census, of a total ward population of 14,667,[3] 310 people live in Frankby.[1] At the 2011 Census Frankby was no longer measured separately. For the ward population see Greasby.


The name Frankby come from the Old Norse Frankis-byr, meaning "Franki's/Frakki's (Frenchman's) farm".[4] The "by" suffix, included in neighbouring place names such as Greasby, Irby and Pensby, applies to settlements believed to be Viking in origin.

The settlement of Frankby was mentioned in the Domesday Book entry for neighbouring Greasby.

Frankby was formerly a township in the West Kirby Parish of the Wirral Hundred. The population was 90 in 1801, 138 in 1851, 248 in 1901 and 413 in 1951.[5]


Frankby is in the north-western part of the Wirral Peninsula, approximately 3.5 km (2.2 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Meols, 3.5 km (2.2 mi) east of the Dee Estuary at West Kirby and 9 km (5.6 mi) west-south-west of the River Mersey at Seacombe. Frankby is situated to the north of Thurstaston Hill, with the centre of the village at an elevation of 31 m (102 ft) above sea level.[6]

Newton Brook joins with Greasby Brook to the north of the village.


Frankby contains part of Royden Park with its miniature railway and meres. Named after local landowner Sir Ernest Royden, the park is jointly owned by the National Trust and Wirral Borough Council.

Within the grounds is a large Mock Tudor house known as Hill Bark, which was re-erected between 1929 and 1931[7] by Sir Ernest Royden. Originally known as Bidston Court, it was initially sited near Bidston Hill in 1891, but moved brick by brick to its present position in Frankby to replace an earlier dwelling. The house contains a 16th-century fireplace, once part of a house belonging to Sir Walter Raleigh.[8]

Frankby's local public house is known as the Farmer's Arms.

Sir Thomas Royden was an English shipowner and Conservative Party politician. He was created a baronet in 1905 and lived at Frankby Hall. His daughter, the writer, preacher, suffragette and former local inhabitant Dr Maud Royden (1876–1956) is buried in the local Church of St John the Divine.

In the village of Frankby lies 1st Frankby Greasby Scout Headquarters. The Roydens donated a strip of land to the group in 1929 when they were known as 1st Frankby. This happened not long after the recent World Jamboree in Arrowe Park a couple of miles up the road. They amalgamated with 1st Greasby not long after the war finished to become 1st Frankby Greasby.


The village is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, in the metropolitan county of Merseyside. The village is part of the parliamentary constituency of Wirral West. The current Member of Parliament is Margaret Greenwood, a Labour representative.

Frankby is also part of a local government ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, this being Greasby, Frankby and Irby Ward. Frankby is represented on Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by three councillors. These are Tom Anderson, Wendy Clements and Mike Hornby, who are all Conservative councillors.[9] The most recent local elections took place on 22 May 2014.

Confirmed candidates for United Kingdom local elections, 2014[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Wendy CLEMENTS 2193 24.5
Conservative Tom ANDERSON 1687 18.85
Labour Julie MCMANUS 1186 13.25
Liberal Democrat Peter Timothy Clifford REISDORF 1076 12.02
Labour Lee Anthony RUSHWORTH 838 9.36
UKIP Laurence Cresswell JONES 809 9.04
Liberal Democrat John Peter CRESSWELL 749 8.37
Green Cathy PAGE 412 4.6

The electorate numbered 11,501, there was a turnout of 43% and the majority is 1,007. The result was declared at 12:17.[11]



Services operating along Frankby Road, as of 2014:

Number Route Operator Days of operation
38/38A Heswall or West Kirby – Bromborough Stagecoach Monday-Saturday
83 Birkenhead – West Kirby Avon Buses Monday-Friday daytime
88 West Kirby – Heswall Avon Buses Monday-Sunday
129 Liscard – Frankby Cemetery A2B Travel Once on Sunday and bank holiday afternoons
293 West Kirby – Woodside Avon Buses Monday-Saturday evenings and Sunday
420 West Kirby – Liverpool Arriva North West Monday-Friday mornings
437 West Kirby – Liverpool Arriva North West Monday-Sunday

See also


  1. 1 2 Wirral 2001 Census: Frankby, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, archived from the original on 29 September 2007, retrieved 9 July 2010
  2. "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. 2001 Census: Greasby, Frankby & Irby, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 10 May 2007
  4. Scandinavians trace their roots in Wirral, icLiverpool, retrieved 18 March 2008
  5. Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Frankby, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 11 September 2007
  6. "SRTM & Ordnance Survey Elevation Data in PHP". Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  7. Randall 1984, pp. 84–85
  8. E-travel Guide: Hillbark Hotel, retrieved 11 September 2007
  9. "Your Councillors by Ward". Wirral Borough Council. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  10. Election Result for 22 May 2014, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 5 January 2015
  11. "Election Result for Greasby, Frankby and Irby ward on 22 May 2014". Wirral Borough Council. Retrieved 5 January 2015.



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