St Nicholas' Church, Halewood
 Halewood shown within Merseyside
Population 20,116 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSD312122
Civil parishHalewood
Metropolitan boroughKnowsley
Metropolitan county Merseyside
RegionNorth West
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode district L26
Dialling code 0151
Police Merseyside
Fire Merseyside
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK ParliamentGarston and Halewood
List of places

Coordinates: 53°21′36″N 2°50′24″W / 53.3599°N 2.8400°W / 53.3599; -2.8400

Halewood is a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley in Merseyside, England. It lies near the city of Liverpool's southeastern boundary, bordered by the suburbs of Netherley, Hunt's Cross and Woolton.

Historically a part of Lancashire, at the 2001 Census, the population of the civil parish was 20,309,[1] remaining similar at the 2011 Census. The combined population of Halewood's four local government wards was 29,217.[2][3][4][5]

Halewood railway station opened in 1988. An earlier station, a few hundred metres further east, had closed in 1951.

Halewood is home to the Jaguar Land Rover Body & Assembly facility, which produces the Land Rover Freelander, Range Rover Evoque and until Friday 18 December 2009 the Jaguar X-Type. On the same site is a large factory owned by Getrag which produces gearboxes for amongst others the Ford Transit, Ford Fiesta and the Land Rover Defender.

There is also the Dista Factory which produces pharmaceuticals. Everton Football Club have built their new training ground and youth academy on the edge of Halewood called Finch Farm.

Following significant regeneration efforts since 2004, Halewood has turned a corner. Crime has reduced, the performance of local schools has drastically improved (with Halewood Centre for Learning topping the local authority league tables). New housing developments have created high quality housing which has resulted in an influx of professionals. The old sports centre, Bridgefield Forum, has been knocked down and replaced with the state of the art Halewood Leisure Centre. Other housing communities such as Okell Drive and surrounding areas and housing close to the original Halewood village are also thriving. Halewood's largest employer is the Jaguar Land Rover factory.

Steve McMahon, the former Everton and Liverpool F.C. midfielder, was born in Halewood.[6]

Playwright Fred Lawless spent most of his childhood in Halewood and attended St. Mark's Primary School in Leathers Lane.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson, the heptathlete, was born and lives in Halewood.

In the sciences, one Halewood family produced two Fellows of the Royal Society: John Hilton Grace, a mathematician; and his nephew, Alan Robertson, an animal geneticist. The Grace family lived at Okells Farm and Court Farm.

See also


  1. 2001 Census: Halewood, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 26 May 2008
  2. 2001 Census: Halewood East (Ward), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 26 May 2008
  3. 2001 Census: Halewood North (Ward), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 26 May 2008
  4. 2001 Census: Halewood South (Ward), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 26 May 2008
  5. 2001 Census: Halewood West (Ward), Office for National Statistics, retrieved 26 May 2008
  6. Past Player Profile: Steve McMahon, Liverpool F.C., retrieved 10 May 2007
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