Laboratories in Merseyside by Town
Merseyside is in North West England and covers 645km2 either side of the river Mersey. It is made up of the five Metropolitan Boroughs of Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley, the City of Liverpool and St Helens. The estimated population of Merseyside according to the Office of National Statistics mid-2014 was 1,391,113 people.
The towns and cities in Merseyside are: Bebington, Birkenhead, Bootle, Crosby, Merseyside, Earlestown, Formby, Halewood, Heswall, Hoylake, Huyton, Kirkby, Liverpool, Maghull, Newton-le-Willows, Prescot, Rainford, Rainhill, Southport, St Helens, Wallasey and Whiston.
Until 1886 when the first tunnel opened, the ‘ferry cross the Mersey’ was the only way to get across this stretch of water. Merseyside is home to both Haydock Park and Aintree Racecourses, Aintree being the venue for the famous annual race the Grand National.
Culturally Liverpool is best known for being the birthplace of the Beatles and home to the rival football teams Liverpool and Everton. It has always been a hub for music and other famous artists from Liverpool include Echo and the Bunnymen, The LAs, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cast and The Wombats, amongst many others. The Beatles museum can be found at the famous Albert Docks and this is also the home of the Tate Liverpool and the International Slavery Museum.
Liverpool Cathedral houses the world’s heaviest bells weighing at over seventeen tonnes in total. The airport in Liverpool is named after Beatle John Lennon and the famous thoroughfare Penny Lane, made famous by the Beatle’s song, has its signs painted onto buildings as the street signs were stolen so often. St Helen’s is best known for its love of rugby and their team the Saints has won the Challenge Cup twelve times.
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