16 Facts About Bootle


Bootle is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside, England, which had a population of 51,394 in 2011; the wider Parliamentary constituency had a population of 98,449.

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Etymologically Bootle derives from the Anglo Saxon Bold or Botle meaning a dwelling.

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Bootle was originally a small hamlet built near the 'sand hills' or dunes of the river estuary.

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Bootle was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1868 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835, and in 1889 was granted the status of a county borough by the Local Government Act 1888, becoming independent from the administrative county of Lancashire.

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Bootle played an important role in the Battle of the Atlantic.

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Bootle did not go down the route of massive housing clearance, and many local communities remained intact.

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Docks declined in importance in the 1960s and 1970s, and Bootle suffered high unemployment and a declining population.

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Economic recovery on Merseyside since the 1980s has meant that Bootle is ranked as only the tenth worst area for unemployment in Britain, and all other parts of the region have lower unemployment—a stark contrast to the 1970s and 1980s when areas of Merseyside dominated the list of Britain's least economically active areas.

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Bootle Docks was created as a part of the Mersey Docks and now promoted as Port of Liverpool, with the Liverpool and Wirral Docks, being located on both bank sides of the River Mersey.

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Bootle Docks are situated at the northern end, that is closer to the Irish Sea estuary.

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Old civic centre of Bootle contains large Victorian buildings such as the town hall and the municipal baths.

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Bootle has one association football non-league team known as Bootle FC who currently play in the North West Counties League.

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Bootle Docks used to host passenger ships to Belfast and Dublin, but now it is used solely for freight services, and it is somewhat less important than the port of Liverpool.

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Originally a Conservative seat, Bootle elected early MPs such as Bonar Law, a future Tory Prime Minister.

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Elections to Sefton Council the town of Bootle is split between the electoral wards of Netherton and Orrell, whose three representatives, who are all members of the Labour Party, are Susan Ellen Bradshaw, Robert John Brennan, and Ian Ralph Maher.

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The expansion of the Bootle Docks is expected to make a significant contribution to the community by adding £5 billion to the local economy and bringing an influx of employment opportunities.

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