Elswick Street, the filming location of the BBC TV series Bread
Dingle is located in Merseyside
Location within Merseyside
Population13,246 2001 Census[1]
OS grid referenceSJ355885
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtL8
Dialling code0151
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°22′39″N 2°57′41″W / 53.3774°N 2.9613°W / 53.3774; -2.9613

Dingle (known locally as the Dingle) is an inner city area of Liverpool, Merseyside, England. It is located to the south of the city, bordered by the adjoining districts of Toxteth and Aigburth. At the 2001 Census, the population was recorded at 13,246.[1]


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Dingle is an area entirely within the boundaries of the old Toxteth Park. It is named after Dingle Brook (Dingle meaning a wooded valley), which rose at High Park Street and roughly followed Park Road towards the Old Toxteth Chapel, just south of Dingle Lane, and entered the River Mersey at Knott's Hole, which was a narrow bay or inlet next to where the Dingle flowed out to the Mersey.

On either side were steep rocky cliffs, with Dingle Point to the south west. In the 1850s the Dingle area was purely rural. Liverpool lay to the north west, but this was an area of large houses, vast gardens, babbling streams and a long beach.

It was a mainly Protestant area, which developed from the influx of Welsh settlers, whilst the north end of Liverpool such as Everton and Vauxhall was settled by Irish immigrants, and became mainly Irish Catholic.

Between 1896 and 1956, the Liverpool Overhead Railway's terminus and only underground station was Dingle railway station, located on Park Road, the Dingle.[2] This was the end of the line for services from Seaforth Sands in the north of the city, not to be confused with Seaforth and Litherland on the Merseyrail line to Southport.


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Dingle is the last of the southern inner-city districts of Liverpool. Further south of Dingle are the suburbs. This area is traditionally working class, housing being mostly terraced, although many of the terraced streets are being pulled down to make room for more modern development.

Like many districts in Liverpool, there is not universal agreement about where the Dingle begins/ends. The old township of 'Toxteth Park' covers a much bigger area encompassing Parliament Street, Lodge Lane, Smithdown Road, Penny Lane, Greenbank Road, Aigburth Vale and St Michael-in-the-Hamlet. Some locals regard Dingle as being within the area encompassed by Warwick Street, in the north, Princes Road, Devonshire Road and Dingle Lane. Some define the Dingle as above but only as far as Grafton Street and not to the bank of the Mersey, as this area was part of Liverpool Docks. The area between Admiral Street and Princes Road is known as Princes Park, after the nearby parkland.

Location filming for the BBC television series Boys from the Blackstuff written by Alan Bleasdale and also Bread, written by Carla Lane, was primarily in Dingle's Garswood Street and Elswick Street[3] respectively. In 2007, residents in the Shorefields area of Dingle signed a petition to block plans for a new twelve storey residential development on the infilled Herculaneum Dock.[4]


The nearest railway stations are Brunswick for people living in the Grafton Street area and St Michaels for those living in the Dingle Lane area.

Both stations are on the Northern Line of the Merseyrail system. Regular trains depart for Liverpool city centre, Southport and Hunts Cross.

Bus services are provided by Arriva North West and Stagecoach Merseyside & South Lancashire.

Sign on Sefton Street, Liverpool Docks area

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ a b It is particularly known for being the Thomas the Tank Engine narrator Ringo Starr "2001 Census: Dingle". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 14 February 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Disused Stations".
  3. ^ Miles, Tina (3 August 2012). "Actor Jonathon Morris revisits the Bread streets ahead of role in Liverpool panto Sleeping Beauty". Liverpool Echo.
  4. ^ "People of 'Bread streets' likely to lose their view". Liverpool Daily Post. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 8 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Dingle – Latest news updates, pictures, video, reaction – Liverpool Echo". www.liverpoolecho.co.uk.
  6. ^ http://www.scotsman.com/news/my-schooldays-eddie-braben-1-550399[dead link]
  7. ^ "Gerry Marsden obituary". the Guardian. 3 January 2021. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  8. ^ Tacey, Laura (24 March 2016). "Ringo Starr's childhood home bought by fan - who already owns other former Beatles addresses". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 15 November 2022.