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Mossley Hill

Mossley Hill
Mossley Hill is located in Merseyside
Mossley Hill
 Mossley Hill shown within Merseyside
Population 12,650 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference
Metropolitan borough City of Liverpool
Metropolitan county Merseyside
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district L18
Dialling code 0151
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Liverpool Riverside
Liverpool Wavertree
List of places

Mossley Hill is a district of Liverpool, England and a Liverpool City Council Ward. It is located to the south of the city, bordered by Aigburth, Wavertree, Childwall and Allerton. At the 2001 Census, the Mossley Hill ward had a population which was recorded at 12,650.[1]


  • Cultural references 1
  • Notable residents 2
  • Education 3
  • Parks 4
  • Art 5
  • Transport 6
  • Government 7
  • Healthcare 8
  • Sport 9
  • Retail, nightlife and socialising 10
  • Architecture 11
  • Places of worship 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14

Cultural references

The area was made famous in the 1960s thanks to the Beatles' hit song Penny Lane, named after a suburban street located within Mossley Hill. Penny Lane runs between Allerton Road and Greenbank Road. The Penny Lane area is on the routes of various tour buses with thousands of tourists visiting annually.

In July 2006, a Liverpool Councillor proposed renaming certain streets because their names were linked to the slave trade. It was soon discovered that Penny Lane was possibly named after James Penny, a wealthy 18th century slave ship owner and strong opponent of abolitionism. Ultimately, city officials decided to forego the name change and re-evaluate the entire renaming process. On 10 July 2006, Liverpool officials said they would modify the proposal to exclude Penny Lane.[2]

Notable residents


The suburb is home to the combined site of John Lennon, Peter Sissons, Jimmy Tarbuck and John Power. Calderstones School (which Lennon attended in its previous incarnation, Quarry Bank) is located on nearby Harthill Road. In turn, this is located near the city's police horse training centre, just north of Mossley Hill's main residential area. Liverpool College (which was until 2013 a fee-paying independent school) is also located within the area, and Liverpool's only grammar school the Liverpool Blue Coat School is also nearby.

The area is also home to the Greenbank Halls of Residence and Carnatic Halls of Residence student accommodation complexes (belonging to the University of Liverpool). Greenbank Halls include Derby and Rathbone Hall and Roscoe and Gladstone Hall: commonly known as D&R and R&G. Carnatic Halls is the largest of the University of Liverpool's six accommodation complexes: Morton House, Lady Mountford House, Dale Hall, McNair Hall, Salisbury Hall and Rankin Hall.


Two of the best known parks in Liverpool, Sefton Park and Greenbank Park, are located close to the area of Mossley Hill in the areas of Aigburth and the latter bordering the Mossley Hill boundary. Calderstones Park is also nearby.


Sudley House is one of seven museums and art galleries run by National Museums Liverpool, displaying paintings by Gainsborough and Turner, among others.


Mossley Hill railway station on Rose Lane offers regular services to Liverpool city centre (an approx 11 minute journey time), Warrington (27 minute journey) and Manchester Oxford Road (a 57-minute journey). There are connections to Birmingham via Liverpool South Parkway.

Buses outside the railway station route as follows:-

Buses from Penny Lane / Allerton Road route as follows:-

  • 62 to Crosby
  • 68 from Aigburth to Bootle
  • 75 and 76 from the city centre to Halewood
  • 80 and 80A
  • 86 and 86A from the city centre to Garston and Liverpool Airport
  • 174 from Sefton Park to Belle Vale

Services 80A and 86A are the only bus services that connect Mossley Hill with the airport.[7]


The district lies on the border of two Parliamentary constituencies; Liverpool, Riverside and Liverpool Wavertree. It is represented on Liverpool City Council by councillors from Mossley Hill ward itself and it is in parts of Greenbank and Church wards.


Spire Hospital Liverpool (formerly Lourdes Hospital) on Greenbank Road is Liverpool's first private hospital. The hospital faces Greenbank Park.[8] [9]


Home to Mossley Hill Athletic Club - one of the biggest voluntary multi sports clubs on Merseyside. Archery, crown green bowling, cricket, football, rugby, hockey, running and tennis. visit the website

The district has a women's football team, Mossley Hill L.F.C., who play in the Northern Combination Women's Football League.

Retail, nightlife and socialising

Penny Lane Wine Bar is a pub on Penny Lane. The area of Rose Lane and Allerton Road contains a large number of wine bars, bistros and restaurants. These two streets are the area's principal centres for retail, hosting numerous shops and offices.

The Dovedale Towers pub stands on the corner of Dovedale Road and Penny Lane. It was closed for business in 2010, reopening in 2012.


The area is mostly residential with a few local businesses scattered around the district. Housing is mainly semi-detached, with occasional detached and numerous terraced streets. The area around Sefton Park has many large Victorian villas.

Places of worship

Most of the churches in Mossley Hill are members of "Churches Together in Mossley Hill", a covenanted group of churches. This group was known as "The Nine Churches of Mossley Hill" until it reformed with one new member under the new membership covenant in 1994.

The original nine member churches comprised three Anglican parishes: St Matthew and St James, St Barnabas, and All Hallows, Allerton; two Roman Catholic parishes: Our Lady of the Annunciation, Bishop Eton and St Anthony of Padua and four Free Churches: Dovedale Baptist Church, Allerton United Reformed, Elm Hall Drive Methodist and Bethel Presbyterian Church in Wales. The tenth church was Dove Community Church, which ceased to exist in 2006 and at the same time was replaced in membership of Churches Together by Wavertree Christian Fellowship.

There is at least one more church in Mossley Hill not in membership of Churches Together: Ramilies Road Chapel. There is also a mosque in the area, the Islamic Institute on Cramond Avenue.


  1. ^ a b 2001 Census: Mossley Hill, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 17 August 2007 
  2. ^ " - Liverpool Won't Rename Penny Lane, Despite Slavery Ties". Fox News. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Proud to be a Scouser,  
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Liverpool nightlife and music - Liverpool Echo". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Hodkinson, Mark (1995), Queen The Early Years, Omnibus Press, p. 117,  
  7. ^ "Welcome". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Spire Liverpool Hospital (Previously Lourdes), private hospital Liverpool, private hospital Merseyside, cosmetic surgery Liverpool, hospital Liverpool, Merseyside private hospital, private healthcare Liverpool, Lourdes hospital Liverpool, Scans Liverpool". Retrieved 21 November 2014. 

External links

  • 2006 Liverpool City Council, Ward Profile: Mossley Hill
  • Liverpool Street Gallery - Liverpool 18
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