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Old Swan
Old Swan is located in Merseyside
Old Swan
Old Swan
Location within Merseyside
Population16,461 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ390915
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtL13
Dialling code0151
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°24′49″N 2°54′50″W / 53.4135°N 2.9139°W / 53.4135; -2.9139

Old Swan is an eastern neighbourhood of Liverpool, Merseyside, England, bordered by Knotty Ash, Stoneycroft, Broadgreen, Fairfield and Wavertree. At the 2011 Census, the population was 16,461.[2]


Old Swan is centred on the road junction between Prescot Road, running east to west, Derby Lane (from the north) St Oswald Street (from the south) and Broadgreen Road (from the south-east). It is named after a public house called the Three Swans,[3] which served the pack-horse route along Prescot Lane (now Prescot Road) in the 18th century. The name was derived from the coat of arms of local landowners, the Walton family.[4] The inn stood at the corner of Prescot Lane and Pettycoat Lane (now Broadgreen Road). The junction later acquired two more pubs, the Swan Vaults (now called the Old Swan) and the Cygnet (now closed), while the original pub was replaced by another, the Red House (now closed); this has become a branch of Costa Coffee.[5][6]


The A57 road passes through Kensington and Fairfield before running through Old Swan and then through Knotty Ash, towards Prescot and on to St Helens.[7]

Housing in the district is mostly in densely packed terraced houses, though there are exceptions.[8] Doric Park is tucked away behind rows of terraced houses. Liverpool Shopping Park runs parallel to Old Swan. The retail park is currently being improved and phase 2 opened in autumn 2020.


There are numerous primary care services located within Old Swan, including a NHS walk-in health centre, along with an urgent care unit, a GP practice on Derby Lane, and several pharmacies and opticians.[9]

There are also several dentists practices within the ward.[10]

Old Swan also has an emergency ambulance station which is located on St. Oswalds Street.


Old Swan's representation on Liverpool City Council is largely through the Old Swan ward, though parts also lie in Tuebrook and Stoneycroft ward. The elected councillors for Old Swan ward are Councillor William Shortall (Labour Party), Councillor Joanne Calvert (Independent) and Councillor Rona Heron (Liverpool Community Independents).[11]

Old Swan is represented by Paula Barker MP (Labour Party) and is in the parliamentary constituency of Liverpool Wavertree;[12] prior to the constituency's re-creation the area was part of Liverpool Broadgreen.

Council Services

Old Swan Library

Old Swan library is managed by Liverpool City Council. It was built with Victorian black and white features, originally opening in 1913 as a reading room, and has its own garden, the entrance to which is on the A57.


Costa Coffee

Old Swan has a varied collection of clothes and food shops situated along Prescot Road serving local residents. In addition, the area is also served by a large Tesco supermarket and an Aldi facing it across St. Oswald Street. Further down Prescot Road, away from the city centre, is a Sainsbury's supermarket in neighbouring Knotty Ash ward. During 2011, Asda took over the Netto premises, and it is now an Asda supermarket. In July 2015, work began refurbishing the Red House pub and a Costa Coffee store was opened later the same month.


Fairly regular bus routes 7, 8, 9 and 10/10A/10B connect Old Swan to Liverpool City Centre and in the opposite direction to Huyton, Prescot, St Helens and Warrington.[13] Old Swan has other bus links - routes 60, 61, 62, 68/68A, 81/81A and 102, which do not serve Liverpool City Centre but provide important links to other areas of Liverpool including Aigburth, Anfield, Bootle, Childwall, Clubmoor, Croxteth, Fazakerley, Hunt's Cross, Mossley Hill, Norris Green, Orrell Park, Speke, Toxteth, Tuebrook, Walton, Wavertree, West Derby, Woolton and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

There is a bus depot in Old Swan on Green Lane. It is owned by Arriva North West.

The M62 motorway starts at the end of Broadgreen Road out of the city, and is the east gateway into the city via Edge Lane Drive.

The nearest railway stations to Old Swan are Broad Green railway station and Wavertree Technology Park railway station. Both are operated by Northern and served by local stopping trains to and from Liverpool Lime Street. The Merseytram System (Line 2) was due to run through Old Swan but this has now been cancelled after funding from the British Government was denied.[citation needed]

The Old Swan Tramway was one of the first street tramways in Britain, opening in 1861.


There are six schools in Old Swan, including Broadgreen Primary School, St Anne's Stanley C of E Primary, St Oswald's Catholic Primary, Corinthian Avenue Primary, St Cuthbert Catholic Primary and Dixons Broadgreen Academy, a secondary school with an adjoining sixth form.[14] There are also three nurseries in the area.

Places of worship

The Parish Church is St Anne's on Prescot Road. In September 2022, Lady Dodd endowed stained glass windows at St Anne's Church, in memory of her late husband, Sir Ken Dodd.[15]

Notable residents


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  2. ^ "City of Liverpool ward population 2011". Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Old Swan - Latest news updates, pictures, video, reaction - Liverpool Echo". Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  4. ^ DM Whale : Lost Villages of Liverpool (1985) ISBN 0 901314 24 2
  5. ^ Whale p40
  6. ^ McDonough, Tony (13 August 2015). "Merseyside Costa franchisee looks to open more stores and become a £10m business". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
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  9. ^ "Find NHS health services". NHS. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  10. ^ "Dentists near L13 3DL - NHS". Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Find Councillor". 2 January 2022. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  12. ^ "Fifth Periodical Report - Mapping for the London Boroughsand the Metropolitan Counties" (PDF). Boundary Commission for England. 2007. Retrieved 21 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 November 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Schools and colleges in and near "Old Swan, Liverpool, Merseyside" - GOV.UK". Find and compare schools in England. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  15. ^ Haf, Ffion. "Sir Ken Dodd's newest gift to Liverpool with touching message attached". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 15 October 2022.
  16. ^ "Jacqui Abbott - Ron Atkinson". Liverpool Echo. Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales Limited. 27 August 2007.
  17. ^ "Number One In Heaven". Penguin Books Ltd. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012.