Speke, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in Childwall civil parish, Lancashire, on the river Mersey, with a station on the main line of the L. & N.W.R., between Liverpool and Runcorn Bridge, 8 miles SE of Liverpool. The whole township or ecclesiastical district is comprised by the Speke estate, the old family place of the Norreys. Acreage, 3734, of which 1229 are water; population, 469. Just outside the township, on the Woolton side, is a station, Hunts Cross, on the M.R. between Liverpool and Wamngton and Liverpool and Southport. The township has a parish council, which consists of five members. Speke skirts the river Mersey and reaches from Garston to Hale. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1875. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Liverpool; net value, £156. The church was built in 1873 and consecrated in 1876, is in the Decorated style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisle, and western tower with spire.
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Directories & Gazetteers
Transcript of the entry for Speke from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848
Online maps of Speke are available from a number of sites:
Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Lancashire newspapers online: