Shops adjoining Townfield Close
 Noctorum shown within Merseyside
Population 4,990 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ285875
    London  179 mi (288 km)[2] SE
Metropolitan boroughMetropolitan Borough of Wirral
Metropolitan county Merseyside
RegionNorth West
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town PRENTON
Postcode district CH43
Dialling code 0151
ISO 3166 code GB-WRL
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK ParliamentBirkenhead
List of places

Coordinates: 53°22′48″N 3°04′31″W / 53.38°N 3.0753°W / 53.38; -3.0753

Noctorum is a suburb of Birkenhead, Merseyside, England, in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. At the 2001 Census the population of Noctorum was 4,990 (2,360 males, 2,630 females).[1]

Due to a redefining of post towns by the Royal Mail in 2003, Noctorum is identified as being within Prenton (which is in fact a geographically separate suburb of Birkenhead), yet this was only a postal change and Noctorum itself still remains a part of Birkenhead.


Noctorum Lane

The name Noctorum is of Old Irish origin, originally Cnocc Tirim, meaning 'Dry Hill'.[3] This may be in reference to Bidston Hill, of which Noctorum is situated on its western slope. The name may long pre-date the Norse-Irish settlement in the early 10th century and go back to a Hibernian settlement of the west coast in the Sub-Roman period (early 5th century).

Noctorum appears as Chenoterie (Norman French) in the Domesday Book of 1086.[4] "Chêne" (French for oak) may be used here as in the Wirral hamlet of Landican (Old Welsh/Brythonic) called Landechene, the Oak Enclosure in the Norman French of the Doomsday Book.

Noctorum Lane is the site of Rathmore, a Grade II listed house designed by Edmund Kirby[5] and built in the 1880s.

Noctorum was a township of the parish of Woodchurch, in the Wirral Hundred. The population was 17 in 1801, 32 in 1851 and 212 in 1901.[6] It was added to Birkenhead civil parish in 1933 and part of the County Borough of Birkenhead, within the geographical county of Cheshire, until local government reorganisation on 1 April 1974.


Noctorum is in the northern part of the Wirral Peninsula, approximately 4.5 km (2.8 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Leasowe, 6.5 km (4.0 mi) east-north-east of the Dee Estuary at Caldy and 4 km (2.5 mi) west of the River Mersey at Tranmere. Noctorum is situated on the western side of the Bidston to Storeton ridge, with the area at an elevation of between 10–60 m (33–197 ft) above sea level.[7]


Ridgeway High School and the Discovery City Learning Centre (containing Ridgeway Library) is situated within this suburb. There is also a large council estate located here.


Upton railway station is the nearest station to Noctorum. It is located on the Borderlands Line between Bidston and Wrexham.

See also


  1. 1 2 Wirral 2001 Census: Noctorum, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 3 July 2007
  2. "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. What's in a Name?,, retrieved 26 June 2007
  4. Cheshire L-Z, The Domesday Book Online, retrieved 16 January 2009
  5. "Noctorum Lane brochure" (PDF).
  6. Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Noctorum, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 1 May 2008
  7. "SRTM & Ordnance Survey Elevation Data in PHP". Retrieved 1 November 2016.


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