The Geography of Greasby



 

Today, Greasby village is a commuter suburb administered by the local authority, Wirral Borough Council.

It has no industry and no major shopping centre.

 

The village's height above sea level varies from 24 metres (80 feet) to 30 metres (100 feet).

 

At Greasby centre (around the Coach & Horses and the Manor restaurant) the national grid reference is SJ253871.

The decimal latitude and longitude position for the Coach & Horses is Lat 53.3762 Long -3.1236

The traditional measurement (degree, minute, second) of that position is Lat 53º 22' 34" N   Long 03º 07' 25" W.

 

For a modern map centred on the Coach & Horses, click here

 

Roughly, the boundaries are:-

west - Greasby Brook

north - Greasby Brook (after its turn eastwards near Three Lanes End)

south - from Greasby Brook along Arrowe Brook Lane to Arrowe Road

east -  Arrowe Brook.

 

There are three Sites of Biological Importance (SBI) - Greasby Copse at grid reference SJ258866, Greasby Ponds at SJ254881 and Arrowe Brook Farm ponds at SJ264866.

There is another SBI nearby at Upton Meadow and Pond at SJ266874 (link) though this is the other side of Arrowe Brook and therefore just outside of Greasby.

 

Wirral was historically part of Cheshire (long before the Domesday Book in 1086).

In 1974 the government changed the boundaries of many counties for administrative purposes.

This change was unpopular in Wirral, which was parted from Cheshire and incorporated into the newly formed Merseyside region.

 

Wirral is still in Vice-County 58 (Cheshire).

Vice-Counties (permanently defined geographical areas) were established in 1852 in order to give continuity to historical statistics (e.g. wildlife counts) so that they would be unaffected by politicians who can change political boundaries at whim.

More information about Vice-Counties can be found here (link).

 





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