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Halewood is located in Merseyside
Population 20,116 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SD312122
Civil parish
  • Halewood
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district L25, L26
Dialling code 0151
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
  • Garston and Halewood
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53°21′36″N 2°50′24″W / 53.3599°N 2.8400°W / 53.3599; -2.8400

Halewood is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley in Merseyside, England. It lies near the city of Liverpool's southeastern boundary, bordered by the suburbs of Netherley, Hunt's Cross and Woolton.

Historically a part of Lancashire, Halewood originated as a small village that later became absorbed by residential development as a suburb of Liverpool. Between the 1950s and 1970s the area developed as a housing overspill for the city. Halewood's population during this time increased from just over 6,000 to over 19,000 people.

At the 2001 Census, the population of the civil parish was 20,309, remaining similar at the 2011 Census. The combined population of Halewood's four local government wards was 29,217.


The Halewood plant, which is in Speke, L24 9BJ, is now home to the Jaguar Land Rover Body & Assembly facility, which produces the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque and until Friday 18 December 2009 the Jaguar X-Type. On the same site is a large factory owned by Ford Motor Company which produces gearboxes for amongst others the Ford Transit, Ford Fiesta and the Ford Focus.

There is also the Eli Lilly Factory which produces pharmaceuticals. Liverpool City Council have built a new training ground and youth academy for Everton Football Club on the edge of Halewood called Finch Farm.

Regeneration efforts

Following significant regeneration efforts since 2004, Halewood has turned a corner. Crime has reduced, and the performance of local schools has drastically improved (with Halewood Centre for Learning topping the local authority league tables). New housing developments have created high quality housing which has resulted in an influx of professionals. The old sports centre, Bridgefield Forum, has been knocked down and replaced with the state of the art Halewood Leisure Centre. Other housing communities such as Okell Drive and surrounding areas and housing close to the original Halewood village are also thriving. Halewood's largest employer is the Jaguar Land Rover factory. In 2012 Halewood’s old Raven Court shopping centre was replaced with a 7 million pound shopping centre with new shops including Aldi, Iceland, Card Factory, Tesco Express, Barnardos, Ladbrokes and a newsagent.

Halewood Park Triangle is Halewood's main public park, securing Green Flag Award in 2011. Consisting largely of mature woodland, with ponds, meadow habitat and heathland remnants, the Park is a designated Local Wildlife Site. Its layout is closely linked to its railway history. It formed part of the Liverpool Loop Line and the Transpennine Trail now follows the route leading southwards to Halewood Doorstep Green.

On the abolition of the administrative county of Lancashire in 1974, the urban district was also abolished and its former area was transferred to Merseyside to be combined with that of other districts to form the present-day metropolitan borough of Knowsley. The Knowsley borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of, Huyton-with-Roby Urban District, Kirkby Urban District and Prescot Urban District, along with most of Whiston Rural District (of which Halewood was part) and a small part of West Lancashire Rural District, all from the administrative county of Lancashire.

The Garston and Halewood constituency was created in 2010 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2010 by Maria Eagle of the Labour Party.

Notable people

George Harrison, MBE who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles, lived in Halewood with his family between 1962 and 1965.

Steve McMahon, the former Everton and Liverpool F.C. midfielder, was born in Halewood.

Aaron Cresswell, an English professional footballer who plays as a left back for Premier League club West Ham United and the English national team was born and raised in Halewood.

Halewood born Katarina Johnson-Thompson is an English track and field athlete specialising in the heptathlon and pentathlon.

Mary Peters was born in Halewood. In the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Peters competing for Great Britain and Northern Ireland won the gold medal in the women's pentathlon.

Christine Mcguinness, wife of Paddy McGuinness, model, former Miss Liverpool, and guest star on the reality TV show The Real Housewives of Cheshire, based on The Real Housewives franchise is from Halewood.

Playwright Fred Lawless spent most of his childhood in Halewood and attended St. Mark's Primary School in Leathers Lane.

Edward Whitley was a solicitor and Conservative politician who resided at The Grange, Halewood. Whitley was major of Liverpool in 1868. He sat in the House of Commons from 1880 to 1892. In 1880 Whitley was elected as one of three Members of Parliament (MPs) for Liverpool. He was then elected MP for Everton between 1885 and 1892. There is a statue of Whitley St George's Hall, Liverpool.

In the sciences, one Halewood family produced two Fellows of the Royal Society: John Hilton Grace, a mathematician; and his nephew, Alan Robertson, an animal geneticist. The Grace family lived at Okells Farm and Court Farm.

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