BIRKDALE, a township, in the parish of North Meols, union of Ormskirk, hundred of West Derby, S. division of the county of Lancaster, 7½ miles (N. W.) from Ormskirk; containing 557 inhabitants. The manor, in the reign of Henry IV., was held by the Halsalls; and the Gerards of Bromley became possessed of the estate by purchase, in the 17th century: from the latter it passed to the Mordaunts, and from them to the Blundell family. The township comprises 2235a. 2r. 32p., and lies on the coast; the shore here is remarkable for its flatness and number of sandbanks, highly dangerous to shipping in strong westerly winds. Some years ago, a farm in the township was overwhelmed in the sand. There is a good schoolroom, where divine service is performed once every Sunday by one of the clergymen attached to the parish church. A court-leet appertains to this place.