West Kirby is in the Metropolitan borough of Wirral in Merseyside, located in the North West of England. From the beach, visitors can see a clear picture of the North Wales coastline. When there is low tide, visitors can also walk out to the islands of Little Eye, Middle Eye and Hilbre Island. Ashton Park, Sandlea Park and the Coronation Gardens are also grounds worth visiting in West Kirby. With a mass of water at its feet, it is unsurprising that West Kirby provides a range of activities for visitors and residents to participate in. Popular local sport includes sailboarding, sailing and kayaking on the man-made West Kirby Marine Lake. In addition, a previous World Windsurfing Speed Record of 42.16 knots was set by Dave White in 1991.
West Kirby has a Victorian promenade, surrounded by the West Kirby Marine Lake. However, the wall suffered a disastrous leak in 1985; the lake is now wider after its reconstruction. In 1922, British sculptor Charles Sargeant designed the Hoylake and West Kirby War memorial; the artist designed many war memorials across the globe.
Population: In 2016, there was an estimated population of 14,897 a decrease of 62 people from the 2011 census.
Gender: In 2016, there were an estimated 7,745 females (52 per cent) and 7,152 males (48 per cent).
Age Group: In 2016 there were an estimated 1,089 20-29-year olds in West Kirby, which is considerably less than any other age group. It was estimated that there were 1186 more 50-59-year olds, there is a higher volume of people aged 50-59 than any other age group. There are more inhabitants aged 80+ (1,274) than there are aged 20-29 or aged 30-39 (1,232).
Religion: There is a greater percentage of Christians (75.4 per cent) than any other religion in West Kirby. 0.5 per cent of the population are Muslims whilst 22.7 per cent have no religion.
Crime statistics provided by UK Crime Stats suggest that crimes committed per month in West Kirby and Thurstaston has never exceeded 100. In December 2017, a total of 63 crimes were committed, which include 30 cases of criminal damage and arson; an average of two crimes committed a day. This is a relatively low figure and suggests that West Kirby is one of the safest towns to live on Merseyside.
In the June 2017 election, Labour candidate Margaret Greenwood retained the majority votes in the Wirral West constituency. There were 55,377 people eligible to vote, making it the smallest electorate of any constituency in England.
In this article you can find images from Jeremy Corbyn’s rally in West Kirby last year. https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/gallery/jeremy-corbyn-rally-west-kirby-13066660
Information sourced from Right Move says that a detached property in West Kirby sold for an average of £415,000 last year, whilst a semi-detached property sold for £245,000. The average property prices were more expensive than Hoylake (£245,000) but cheaper than Caldy (£795,000), a village known for housing footballers.
West Kirby may be small, but many talented people have come from the town or attended a school. Hollywood actor and 007 agent Daniel Craig, was born in Chester but attended Hilbre High School and Calday Grange Grammar School in West Kirby. Below are more notable people from West Kirby.
- Author Shirley Hughes was brought up in West Kirby.
- Middle distance runner Andrew Baddeley, was brought up in West Kirby and attended Calday Grange Grammar School.
- Recipient of the British Cross, Cyril Edward Gourley was a pupil at Calday Grange Grammar School and is buried at the Grange cemetery.
- Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Secretary, and Speaker of the House of Commons, Selwyn Lloyd lived in West Kirby.
- Actress and politician Glenda Jackson attended West Kirby Grammar School.
- Actress and television writer Joanna Scanlan was born in West Kirby.
- Guitarist for the Artic Monkeys Jamie Cook was born in West Kirby.
- Mountaineer George Mallory was schooled in West Kirby.
- Newcastle FC manager Rafa Benitez resides in West Kirby.