Pensby and Thingwall

Shops on the B5138 Pensby Road, at the junction with Fishers Lane
Pensby and Thingwall
 Pensby and Thingwall shown within Merseyside
Population 13,007 (2011 Census.Ward)
OS grid referenceSJ271829
    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 West
List of places

Coordinates: 53°20′17″N 3°05′42″W / 53.338°N 3.095°W / 53.338; -3.095

Pensby (local /ˈpɛnzbi/) is a large village on the Wirral Peninsula in Merseyside, England, north east of Heswall. Historically part of Cheshire, it is in the Pensby and Thingwall Ward of the Wirral and the parliamentary constituency of Wirral West. At the 2011 Census, the population of the ward was 13,007.[2]


The name Pensby comes from Old Norse, meaning a village or settlement at a hill called "Penn".[3] The "by" suffix, included in neighbouring place names such as Frankby, Greasby, and Irby, is Viking in origin.

Pensby was originally a village in Woodchurch Parish, Wirral Hundred. The population was 22 in 1801, 48 in 1901 and 2,996 in 1951.[4]

Lower Pensby was previously known as Newtown. This was due to the building of new houses around the turn of the twentieth century at the crossroads of Pensby Road and Gills Lane.[5]

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


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.

The area is also part of a local government ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, this being Pensby and Thingwall Ward. Pensby is represented on Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by three councillors. These are Phillip Brightmore, Louise Reecejones and Michael Sullivan, who are all Labour councillors.[6] The most recent local elections took place on 22 May 2014.

Confirmed candidates for United Kingdom local elections, 2014[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Louise REECEJONES 1334 32.65
Conservative Denis Thomas KNOWLES 1172 28.68
UKIP Jan DAVISON 916 22.42
Liberal Democrat Damien William CUMMINS 390 9.54
Green Allen John BURTON 274 6.71

The electorate numbered 10,520, there was a turnout of 39% and the majority is 162. The result was declared at 12:06.[8]



Pensby High School

Pensby's primary schools are Ladymount RC Primary, and Pensby Primary School. The local secondary school is Pensby High School.


St. Michael and All Angels Church is a Church of England building on Gills Lane. The Emmanuel Holiness Church is an independent Evangelical ministry which is on Heswall Mount. The Holy Family Catholic Church is on Pensby Road.


The Hope Centre on Fishers Lane

Pensby has two community centres, the Hope Centre, adjoining Ridgewood Park on Fishers Lane, and the Kylemore Drive Community Centre. There is also an adult day centre on Somerset Road. Pensby Library is on Pensby Road. The 3rd Heswall Scout group is also based in Pensby.[9]

Public Houses

The Pensby Hotel was the single pub in the village, but after a £500,000 cannabis bust by police, was boarded up and left empty after October 2013. There was a campaign for the building to be listed as a community asset, meaning that the community would have been given six months to prepare a bid for it, which may or may not have been accepted by the owner, but community asset status was rejected by Wirral Council in September 2015. Planning permission was subsequently granted for the demolition of the building and construction of the new care home, and demolition began in October 2016.

Parks and Commons

Pensby Wood and Ridgewood Park are adjacent to Fishers Lane. Arrowe Park is approximately half a mile (1 kilometre) north of Pensby.


The famous Everton FC footballer Dixie Dean played for Pensby Institute in his early days, on the fields at the side of Gills Lane. He was sold to Tranmere Rovers for the fee of a new kit for the team.[10][11]

Pensby recreation centre and bowling club is on Pensby Road.



Pensby is on the B5138 Pensby Road, which connects to the A540 and the A551.[12] Junction 3 of the M53 motorway is within two miles of the village.


Services operating in the Pensby area, as of January 2015:

Number Route Operator Days of Operation
175 Heswall-Irby Arriva North West Monday-Saturday
471 Heswall-Liverpool via Irby Arriva North West/Stagecoach Monday-Sunday
472 Barnston/Heswall-Liverpool Arriva North West/Stagecoach Monday-Sunday


The nearest station is Heswall.

See also


  1. "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  2. "Pensby and Thingwall ward 2011". Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  3. Sulley, Philip (1889), The Wirral Hundred
  4. Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Pensby, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 9 July 2010
  5. Dawson, Greg (1994), Arwe: The Story of Arrowe, Pensby and the Liverpool Slave Trade, Dawson Publishing, ISBN 0-9522598-1-8
  6. "Your Councillors by Ward". Wirral Borough Council. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  7. Election Result for 22 May 2014, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 7 January 2015
  8. "Election Result for Pensby and Thingwall ward on 22 May 2014". Wirral Borough Council. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  9. "West Wirral Horn" (PDF). West Wirral Scouts. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  10. Everton History - Dixie Dean,, archived from the original on 5 April 2008, retrieved 9 July 2010
  11. Everton Past Player Profile: William Ralph Dean,, retrieved 9 July 2010
  12. "B5138". Sabre. Retrieved 7 January 2015.


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