All Saints' Church in October 2006
Childwall is located in Merseyside
Location within Merseyside
Population13,640 (2019)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ414890
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtL16
Dialling code0151
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°23′42″N 2°52′52″W / 53.395°N 2.881°W / 53.395; -2.881

Childwall (/ˈɪldwɔːl/) is a suburb and ward of Liverpool, England, located to the southeast of the city. It is bordered by Belle Vale, Bowring Park, Broadgreen, Gateacre, Mossley Hill, and Wavertree. In 2019, the population was 13,640.[1]


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."[2][3] Childwall was known as Cildeuuelle in the 1086 Domesday Book,[4] 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).[5]

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.[6] 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 has 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 an area for bars and restaurants. Childwall's pubs include the Childwall Abbey Hotel, the Halfway House, and the Childwall Fiveways Hotel. Housing in Childwall is almost entirely detached or semi-detached, and there are very few terraced houses.

The television production company Lime Pictures, formerly Mersey Television, is headquartered on a patch of 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 in Childwall, while the last two are respectively filmed in Newcastle and Brentwood.


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The nearest railway stations are 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.

Notable people


See also: Childwall (Liverpool ward)

Childwall is within the Liverpool Wavertree parliamentary constituency, and is represented by Paula Barker MP (Labour).[8]

The district of Childwall is in the Liverpool City Council ward of Childwall. As of 2023, the ward is represented by Mike Storey and Pat Moloney (Liberal Democrats).[9][10]


  1. ^ a b Liverpool Ward Profiles: Childwall (PDF), Liverpool City Council, 2021
  2. ^ Brief History, All Saints Parish Church, Childwall, archived from the original on 19 July 2007
  3. ^ Wild, Jonathon, The History of Childwall, retrieved 23 January 2009
  4. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna, Open Domesday, retrieved 6 December 2023
  5. ^ Townships: Childwall, A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, British History Online, 1907, pp. 108–111, retrieved 6 February 2009
  6. ^ Liverpool, A Vision Of Britain Through Time, archived from the original on 31 August 2012, retrieved 26 March 2008
  7. ^ Spent childhood at 15 Eastham Close per his autobiography Anfield Days and Wembley Ways (Sport Media 2011)
  8. ^ "Fifth Periodical Report - Mapping for the London Boroughs and the Metropolitan Counties" (PDF). Boundary Commission for England. 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Election Results for Childwall, 4 May 2023". Liverpool City Council. Retrieved 6 May 2023.
  10. ^ Raynor, Dominic. "Liverpool local election results 2023: who won council elections in my area". Liverpool World. National World Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 30 May 2023.