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Southport, Sefton

Southport is a seaside town in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton in Merseyside, England. During the 2001 census Southport was recorded as having a population of 90,336, making it the eleventh most populous settlement in North West England. The endonym for people from Southport is "Sandgrounder". Southport lies on the Irish Sea coast of North West England and is fringed to the north by the Ribble estuary.
Administrative CountySefton
Traditional CountyLancashire
OS GridSD3417
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityMerseyside
Fire and Rescue AuthorityMerseyside
Fire and Rescue AuthorityMerseyside
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01704
Population90,336 2001 Census

Southport, Sefton in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Southport, watering-place and mun. bor., North Meols par., SW. Lancashire, 18½ miles N. of Liverpool, 37½ NW. of Manchester, and 212 from London by rail, 3665 ac., pop. 32,206; 5 Banks, 2 newspapers. At the end of the 18th century Southport was a mere collection of fishermen's huts; it is now one of the most popular watering-places in England. The air of the place is found to be favourable to those suffering from bronchitis and other chest complaints. The level sands extend along the coast as far as Liverpool, and in the environs the country is also flat and sandy; but the town is exceedingly well built, and has many attractions, among which are the promenade (960 yards); the pier (1460 yards); the Pavilion and Winter Gardens, with gardens, concert-hall, promenades, marine and fresh-water aquaria, skating-rink, &c.; the Victoria Baths, the handsomest and most convenient of their kind in the country; the Atkinson Free Library and Art Gallery; and the Hesketh Park. There are numerous hospitals, and public and private schools. Markets are held daily. Southport was made a mun. bor. in 1867.

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