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Encyclopedia > Banks, Lancashire

Banks is a large village in Lancashire, England. It lies just off the Irish Sea coast on the Banks Marsh and beach, four miles north-east of the town of Southport. It is administered by West Lancashire District Council, and by North Meols parish council for parochial matters. It falls in the South Ribble parliamentary constituency. Lancashire is a county in North West England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... Relief map of the Irish Sea. ... For other uses, see Southport (disambiguation). ... West Lancashire is a local government district in Lancashire, England. ... North Meols is an ancient parish located to the north and east of the town of Southport, straddling the border between the counties of Merseyside and Lancashire. ... Main articles: Local government in the United Kingdom, Parish and Civil parish In England parish councils were formed in 1894 to take over local oversight of social welfare and civic duties in towns and villages. ... South Ribble is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ...

Banks is the largest of the villages of the parish of North Meols on the West Lancashire coastal plain. As most villages in the area it was primarily an agricultural village thanks to the excellent soil round about, although there was also noticeable fishing activity for many years. Production of flowers and vegetables is still common in the farms which surround the village; however the proximity of the towns of Southport and Preston have led to Banks' recent rapid expansion as a dormitory town for commuters. North Meols is an ancient parish located to the north and east of the town of Southport, straddling the border between the counties of Merseyside and Lancashire. ... The West Lancashire Coastal Plain is a large area in the south west of Lancashire, England. ... For other uses, see Southport (disambiguation). ... Preston is a city and local government district in North West England. ... This article or section should be merged with Bedroom community A dormitory town is generally a rural town where a large proportion of its population commute to nearby cities. ...

Its increased size has brought with it increased facilities; Banks is home to the North Meols community and sports centre, a primary school, a small range of shops and a regular bus service linking it with Southport and Formby. The village is home to football, cricket and badminton clubs and a brass band. Banks has had many turf wars most recent are the crossens and much hoole turf wars both wars in which banks won Formby is a town on the Irish Sea coast of North West England. ...


local legends

Currently living in St Helens is pie-eating 2006 champion John Brennan who was born in Banks. Pele the world class footballer learnt his skills on the fileds on Aveling Drive. Rumours have it that his love for football came from kicking a cabbage around while working on the fields on banks

Banks history

Banks railway station was once a stop on the West Lancashire Railway which ran between Preston and Southport, but the line proved unsuccessful and was shut in 1964. Banks railway station opened in 1877 it also had depot in its goods yard for coal being dropped off for coal merchants in banks. Along the track, Preston way, the first crossing was at long lane. The crossing keeper who opened the gates for farmers and anyone else wanting to take vehicles or cows across had a house provided with their job. After leaving banks station on the way to Preston the next stop was hundred end station, so called because this is where the Leyland hundred, and west derby undreads meet. Hundred end lane running from marsh road to hundred end station the first half of this lane is in banks the second half is in Hesketh bank a Mrs. Mary Wignall of Ralph’s wife’s lane was interviewed by a local newspaper reporter in 1958 when she was 93 and oldest resident in banks at time said "I well remember watching the first train pass through the village with scores of school children lining the route catching pastries, cakes and oranges thrown from windows" Banks railway station was on the West Lancashire Railway in England. ... The West Lancashire Railway ran between Southport Derby Road railway station and Preston Fishergate railway station, construction was started by Samuel Swire the Mayor of Southport, on 19 April 1873 A branch was constructed from Longton to the Blackburn line. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ...

greaves hall

Greaves hall is a place where legends are born. Thomas Talbot Leyland Scarisbrick was born in 1874. he grew up in Southport and was educated in Lancashire. in 1900 he had the mansion built at greaves hall on an 124 acre site as well as the mansion there was also a porters lodge by the main entrance, a gardeners lodge, engineers workshop, laundry and general workshop were built in close proximity to the hall, again in the mock Tudor style. The mansion was surrounded by sculptured lawns, with separate gardens filled with ornamental trees and flowering shrubs. The hall comprised of approximately 55 rooms open areas situated on the ground, first, second and attic floors plus a vast basement. mr scarisbrick and family enjoyed life at greaves hall until after the first world war when he moved to scrisbrick hall and negotiated the sale of the estate to a consortium of banks farmers the mansion stood empty for sometime while the land was cultivated by the consortium. greave hall was later turned into a mental health unit until the early 1990s when it was moved to southport the greaves hall mansion has suffered to many fires and vandalism since and has become beyond repair and has been talk of the building to be demolished

Banks Beach

- Banks beach is well known in the local area for its untouched beach which lies on the coast of the Irish Sea. Banks beach has recently been used for the test flights of the euro fighter which has also attracted numerous plane spotters to the area.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/34/Banksbeachxg3.jpg.jpg

External links

  • North Meols village website
  • North Meols local history
  • Banks Brass Band

Coordinates: 53°41′N, 2°55′W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

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