Man-made fishing pond, Larton
Location within Merseyside
OS grid referenceSJ238871
• London181 mi (291 km)[1] SE
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWIRRAL
Postcode districtCH48
Dialling code0151
ISO 3166 codeGB-WRL
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°22′26″N 3°08′49″W / 53.374°N 3.147°W / 53.374; -3.147Coordinates: 53°22′26″N 3°08′49″W / 53.374°N 3.147°W / 53.374; -3.147

Larton is a hamlet near the town of West Kirby, on the Wirral Peninsula, in Merseyside, England. Administratively it is part of the local government ward of Greasby, Frankby and Irby in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral and is within the parliamentary constituency of Wirral West.

Larton is located to the north west of the village of Frankby and east of Newton, to which it was historically linked as a combined township. Although Newton contains the majority of the former township's population, Larton's name remains in geographical use with the Larton Livery riding school, Larton Farm and a "state of the art" veterinary surgery.


The name is of Viking origin, deriving from the Old Norse Leir-tún, meaning "clay farmstead".[2][3]

Larton was previously combined with the nearby hamlet of Newton as Newton cum Larton, part of West Kirby parish of the Wirral Hundred, in the county of Cheshire. Its population was 49 in 1801 and 44 in 1851. A civil parish from 1866, it was abolished in 1889 and subsumed into the nearby civil parish of Grange.[4] The population of the former Newton cum Larton civil parish had risen to 66 by 1891. Between 1894 and 1933 Larton was part of Wirral Rural District, then Hoylake Urban District until 1974.[5]


Larton lies on the western side of the Wirral Peninsula, approximately 3.5 km (2.2 mi) south-east of the Irish Sea at Hoylake, 2.5 km (1.6 mi) north-east of the Dee Estuary at West Kirby and about 9 km (5.6 mi) west-south-west of the River Mersey at Seacombe. The hamlet is situated at an elevation of about 20 m (66 ft) above sea level.[6]

To the immediate north of Larton is the site of RAF West Kirby. Newton Brook joins with Greasby Brook to the north-east of the hamlet.


  1. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  2. ^ Sulley, Philip (1889). The Wirral Hundred.
  3. ^ "Key to English Place Names: Newton cum Larton". University of Nottingham. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Newton cum Larton". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Grange". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  6. ^ "SRTM & Ordnance Survey Elevation Data in PHP". Retrieved 1 November 2016.