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The earliest recorded reference to Childwall was in the Domesday Book of 1086.

"Four Radmans held Childwall as four Manors. There is half a hide. It was worth eight shillings. There was a priest, having half a carucate of land in frank almoign."[2][3]

Childwall was known as Cileuuelle in the 1086 Domesday Book meaning 'a stream where youngsters meet' from the Old English words cild and wella. Historically the name has been recorded as Childewalle (1212 and 1332), Chaldewall (1238), Childwall (1261), Childewelle (1291), Chaldewal (1305) and Childewall (1354).[4]

Childwall was traditionally part of the West Derby Hundred. It was an urban district from the Local Government Act 1894 until it was annexed to Liverpool in 1913.[5]

All Saints' Church, Childwall is the oldest church in Liverpool. Though Childwall still maintains a large Jewish community, since the 1980s this has been in gradual decline with some of those formerly of the Childwall Jewish community now living in Gateacre and Allerton.


Childwall is dominated by the "Childwall Fiveways", a roundabout that is one of the busiest in Liverpool and has developed into a hotspot for upmarket bars and restaurants since the turn of the millennium. Housing is almost entirely detached or semi-detached; there are very few terraces within Childwall. The area's pleasant greenery in abundance and range of large houses makes it one of Liverpool's most sought-after suburbs.

Childwall's public houses include the Childwall Abbey, which once played host to The Quarrymen, a fledgling incarnation of The Beatles (who were to be managed by a famous resident of the area, Brian Epstein), the Halfway House and the Childwall Fiveways. From 2009, the Halfway House became the starting point for regular Tom Slemen's Haunted Liverpool Ghost and Murder Tours of Childwall, in aid of Freshfields Animal Rescue.

Lime Pictures, formerly Mersey Television, is based in the area and produces Hollyoaks for Channel Four. Childwall was also the home of Brookside until 2003, and the BBC's Grange Hill between 2003 and 2008.


Primary schoolsEdit

  • Childwall Church of England Primary School
  • King David Schools (encompassing a Nursery, Primary, High School and Sixth Form)
  • Our Lady's Bishop Eton Roman Catholic Primary & Junior School
  • Rudston Infant & Junior School
  • St Paschal Baylon Roman Catholic Primary School

Secondary schoolsEdit

Higher educationEdit


The nearest railway station is either Mossley Hill or Broadgreen. Historically there was also Childwall railway station.

Regular bus services connect the district with Liverpool John Lennon Airport and the city centre, as well as surrounding districts.

Notable residentsEdit


The elected councillors for Childwall are Cllrs Ruth Hirschfield and Jeremy Wolfson of the Labour Party, and Cllr Pat Moloney of the Liberal Democrats.


  1. ^ a b Childwall Ward (pdf), Liverpool City Council, 2008[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Brief History, All Saints Parish Church, Childwall, retrieved 26 March 2008
  3. ^ Wild, Jonathon, The History of Childwall, retrieved 23 January 2009
  4. ^ Townships: Childwall, A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, British History Online, 1907, pp. 108–111, retrieved 6 February 2009
  5. ^ Liverpool, A Vision Of Britain Through Time, archived from the original on 31 August 2012, retrieved 26 March 2008
  6. ^ Spent childhood at 15 Eastham Close per his autobiography Anfield Days and Wembley Ways (Sport Media 2011)

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