Childwall (//; CHILL-wall) is an affluent suburb of Liverpool and a ward of Liverpool City Council. Historically in Lancashire, it is located to the southeast of the city and is bordered by Belle Vale, Bowring Park, Broadgreen, Gateacre, Mossley Hill, and Wavertree. In 2008, the population was recorded as 14,085.
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." 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).
Childwall was traditionally part of the West Derby Hundred. It was an urban district from the Local Government Act 1894 until Liverpool annexed it in 1913. The suburb's All Saints' Church is the oldest church in Liverpool. Though Childwall still maintains a large Jewish community, this has been in gradual decline since the 1980s, with some of the former Jewish community now living in the nearby suburbs of Allerton and Gateacre.
Childwall is anchored by a large roundabout called the Childwall Fiveways, which is one of the busiest in Liverpool. Since the year 2000, the area immediately surrounding the Fiveways has gradually developed into a hotspot for upmarket bars and restaurants. Housing in Childwall is almost entirely detached or semi-detached, and there are very few terraced houses; its pleasant greenery and range of large houses makes it one of Liverpool's most sought-after suburbs.
The television production company Lime Pictures, formerly Mersey Television, is located on private land in Childwall Woods. The company's most notable productions are Hollyoaks, Brookside, Grange Hill, Geordie Shore, and The Only Way Is Essex. The first three are filmed at Lime Pictures' set in Childwall Woods, while the last two are filmed elsewhere in England.
Childwall's pubs include Childwall Abbey, which once played host to the Quarrymen before they became the Beatles, who were later managed by Childwall native Brian Epstein. There is also the Halfway House and the Childwall Fiveways Hotel. Since 2009, the Halfway House has been the starting point for Tom Slemen's "Haunted Liverpool Ghost and Murder Tour of Childwall", with all proceeds going to Freshfields Animal Rescue.
- 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
- Childwall Academy (known locally as The Holt)
- King David High School (Specialist Humanities College)
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.
- Brian Barwick, sports team chairman
- Craig Charles, actor
- Jodie Comer, actress
- Les Dennis, television presenter
- Edwina Currie, politician
- Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles
- Jon Flanagan, footballer
- Alex Fletcher, actress
- Samantha Giles, actress
- Jason Isaacs, actor
- Simon Jones, musician
- Jeremiah Markland, classical scholar
- Ray Quinn, actor
- Ian St John, footballer
The elected councillors for Childwall are Cllr Liz Parsons of the Labour Party, and Cllr Carole Storey and Cllr Alan Tormey of the Liberal Democrats.
- Childwall Ward (pdf), Liverpool City Council, 2008[permanent dead link]
- Brief History, All Saints Parish Church, Childwall, archived from the original on 19 July 2007, retrieved 26 March 2008
- Wild, Jonathon, The History of Childwall, retrieved 23 January 2009
- Townships: Childwall, A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, British History Online, 1907, pp. 108–111, retrieved 6 February 2009
- Liverpool, A Vision Of Britain Through Time, archived from the original on 31 August 2012, retrieved 26 March 2008
- Spent childhood at 15 Eastham Close per his autobiography Anfield Days and Wembley Ways (Sport Media 2011)
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- Save Childwall Church Graveyard
- Childwall Today
- Liverpool City Council, Ward Profile: Childwall (March 2006)
- MultiMap.com: Childwall Fiveways aerial photo
- Port Cities: Childwall Fiveways photo (1935)
- Port Cities: Childwall Valley Road photo (1931)
- Liverpool Street Gallery – Liverpool 16
- Disused Stations: Childwall
- Haunted Liverpool Ghost Walks website
- HOMEsure Property – Childwall's Local Independent Sales, Lettings & Management Agency