Thingwall is a village on the Wirral Peninsula, England. The village is situated to the south west of Birkenhead and north east of Heswall. It is part of the Pensby & Thingwall Ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral and is situated within the parliamentary constituency of Wirral West. At the 2001 Census, Thingwall had 3,140 inhabitants (1,450 males, 1,680 females).[1]

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The Bassett Hound public house, Thingwall
Thingwall is located in Merseyside
Location within Merseyside
Population3,140 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ270850
• London178 mi (286 km)[2] SE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWIRRAL
Postcode districtCH61
Dialling code0151
ISO 3166 codeGB-WRL
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°21′11″N 3°05′31″W / 53.353°N 3.092°W / 53.353; -3.092Coordinates: 53°21′11″N 3°05′31″W / 53.353°N 3.092°W / 53.353; -3.092


From the Old Norse þing vollr, meaning 'assembly field',[3] the name indicates that it was once the site of a Germanic thing (or þing). Similar place names in the British Isles include Tynwald, Dingwall, and Tingwall; see also Thingvellir in Iceland and Tingvoll in Norway.[4]

The settlement was recorded in the Domesday Book as Tuigvelle,[5] and has been variously known as Fingwalle (1180); Thingale (circa 1250); Thynghwall (1426).[3] Previously a township in Woodchurch Parish, Wirral Hundred, and the county of Chester it was added to Birkenhead county borough in 1933. The population was 52 in 1801, 96 in 1851 and 156 in 1901.[6]

Traditional buildings/walls in the area are constructed of locally quarried yellow sandstone. Several small sandstone quarries once existed in the area including one at the top of the appropriately named Quarry Lane. Little evidence of these quarries now exists as the land has been redeveloped for housing or for the construction of a second above ground fresh water reservoir.

Thingwall Mill was constructed in the eighteenth century on the site of a much older medieval mill. Damaged in a storm in 1897 and subsequently disused, the mill was demolished in 1900.[3] However, remnants of the building, including the original mill stone, can still be found on Mill Road.

Thingwall Hall was built in 1849 for a Liverpool merchant and demolished in 1960.[3] It was part of the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital from 1917, providing care for long-term patients.[7]


Thingwall lies on the western side of the northern part of the Wirral Peninsula, 4.7 miles (7.5 km) from the Irish Sea at Hoylake, 2.3 miles (3.7 km) from the Dee Estuary and about 4.1 miles (6.6 km) from the River Mersey at Rock Ferry. Thingwall sits at the western side of the wide and shallow glacial U-shaped valley, formed during the Quaternary Ice Age, between Thurstaston Hill and Storeton Ridge. The underlying bedrock is Triassic sandstone of the Helsby Sandstone Formation and the Wilmslow Sandstone Formation, and Triassic siltstone of the Tarporley Siltstone Formation.[8][9] This is overlain with boulder clay from the Quaternary Ice Age, similar to the nearby Dee Cliffs, and clay soil. The bedrock is not usually visible, as it is at the summit of Thurstaston Hill.


Thingwall 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 Party (UK) representative.

The village is also part of a local government ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, this being Pensby and Thingwall Ward. Thingwall is represented on Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council by three councillors. These are Phillip Brightmore, Louise Reecejones and Michael Sullivan, who are all Labour councillors.[10] The most recent local elections took place on 22 May 2014.

Confirmed candidates for 2014 United Kingdom local elections[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Louise Ann REECEJONES 1334 12.68
Green Allen John BURTON 274 2.60
Conservative Denis Thomas KNOWLES 1172 11.14
Liberal Democrats Damien William CUMMINS 390 3.71
UKIP Jan DAVISON 916 8.71

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

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  1. ^ a b Wirral 2001 Census: Thingwall, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 5 February 2008[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Placenames: Thingwall, National Museums Liverpool, archived from the original on 8 June 2011, retrieved 6 November 2008
  4. ^ Harding 2002, p. 141-142.
  5. ^ Cheshire L-Z: Thingwall, The Domesday Book Online, retrieved 6 November 2008
  6. ^ Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Thingwall, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 5 February 2008
  7. ^ Port Cities: Liverpool Infirmary for Children, E. Chambré Hardman Archive, archived from the original on 13 October 2007, retrieved 6 November 2008
  8. ^ "Baseline Report Series: 2. The Permo-Triassic Sandstones of west Cheshire and the Wirral" (PDF). British Geological Survey. p. 7. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Geology of Britain viewer". British Geological Survey. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Your Councillors by Ward". Wirral Borough Council. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  11. ^ Election Result for 22 May 2014, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 16 December 2014
  12. ^ "Election Result for Pensby and Thingwall ward on 22 May 2014". Wirral Borough Council. Retrieved 16 December 2014.


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