Bootle was first recorded in the 11th century, as a small village nestled in the dunes near the River Mersey. By the early 19th century, Bootle was reimagined as an upmarket bathing resort.
Bootle Town Hall is among the buildings erected in the last quarter of the 19th century. The population of the town swelled during this period, boosted in large part by Irish immigration due to work opportunities on the docks. The wealth to pay for the splendour of the town hall and the gentrified ‘Bootle Village’ area was generated by these docks. The skilled workers lived in terraced houses in the east of the town, while the casual dock labourers lived in cramped, dwellings near the dockside.
Santander have announced plans to build a £75 million base in Bootle. Their existing building will be demolished and replaced by a huge campus. The campus will be built with environmentally-friendly materials and designed to better accommodate staff. Currently, the Bootle site houses 2000 staff. The new campus will allow for a further 500 people in addition to a fitness centre and cycle storage for employees. Furthermore, a public park with opportunities for sporting facilities and new businesses are set to be built.
Liverpool2 is a £300 million regeneration project to expand the port of Liverpool, creating a river berth near the “Seaforth Triangle” south of the Royal Seaforth Dock and is a primary part of the Mersey Ports Master Plan. Upon completion, the new dock will be able to accommodate two post-Panamax vessels of 13,500 Twenty-foot equivalent unit simultaneously. The expansion of the docks includes the construction of a new deep-water terminal which will eliminate the restriction in vessel size of the current docks.
The completion of the docks will allow the world’s container ships to have direct connections to the northern half of the UK and Ireland. It is also expected to make a significant contribution the community, by adding £5 billion to the local economy and bringing an influx of employment opportunities.
Liverpool Community College and Mersey Maritime have signed partnerships with Peel Port to perform job skills training, 5,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created, of which 4,000 will be at the Liverpool Port.
In close proximity to a number of areas, Bootle offers a thriving social scene. The seaside resort at Southport, just up the road, is home to Pleasureland, offering plenty of thrilling rides, featuring free entry to the park.
There are six championship golf courses in the area: Royal Birkdale, Southport and Ainsdale, Formby, West Lancashire, Hesketh.
Bootle offers fantastic transport links by both rail and bus. Bootle is served by two railway stations from Liverpool to Southport, Oriel Road and New Strand. The bus station, located under the New Strand Shopping centre provides services to Liverpool City Centre, Penny Lane, Allerton, Tuebrook and Crosby.