Guide to Eastham
Schools in Eastham are generally rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, though there are outstanding options available within a short drive of the village for children of Nursery age all the way through to Sixth Form. For families with older children, the highly sought after Wirral Grammar School for Girls and Wirral Grammar School for Boys, same sex academy schools with ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports, are just under four miles away.
There is plenty of opportunity for children in Eastham to gain an excellent education from start to finish which, along with its old English village feel, makes it an area prized by young couples and families looking for a place to settle.
You can find a full list of the schools available to Eastham residents here.
There are two well rated doctors surgeries, and a dental clinic all within the village – as well as plenty of doctors and dentists in nearby towns. In addition, though obviously the hope is that nobody should ever need them, Eastham is also within a short drive of the Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge Hospitals.
All of Eastham’s facilities fall within the remit of the NHS Wirral CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), this means care in Eastham is delivered in keeping with their stated mission to ‘commission high quality services which enable the people of Wirral to improve their own health and well being.’
You can find out more about the NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group here.
Eastham is a traditional English village and, predominantly, the food on offer is of a similar ilk – with a tea garden, cafes and pubs serving traditional English food. While it might not have the variety of nearby towns, the benefit of Eastham is that those nearby towns are very nearby – and offer an enormous selection of international restaurants and takeaways.
Not only do you have the selection of restaurants available nearby, however, if you’re looking for a romantic evening meal or a gathering of family and friends, there is culture rich Chester just a 20 minute drive away – then Liverpool and Manchester a little further afield if you’re looking to follow a great meal with theatre or a concert.
Eastham is connected by road to Chester, Liverpool and Manchester – three thriving northern cities, all within an easy commute of between 20 and 50 minutes, opening a wealth of opportunity for jobs throughout the Northwest.
Two train stations serve Eastham, both operated by Merseyrail as part of the Wirral Line, one of the best performing networks in the UK. National rail connections are available at both the Chester and Liverpool ends of the line.
For international and air travel, Eastham is around half an hour’s drive from Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport and just under 35 miles from Manchester Airport, with LJL opening up the majority of Europe, while Manchester provides flights globally.
The village of Eastham is built around the church of St. Mary – a Grade 2 listed building which contains sections of architecture from between the 12th and 16th Century and stands on grounds that have been home to a place of worship since before the Domesday Book which references a priest at the location. The churchyard also contains an ancient yew which has been present since at least 1152.
The arch at the entrance to the Pleasure Gardens was built in 1897 to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria. The gardens, which once contained a zoo with bears, lions and monkeys, were built by Thomas Stanley, the owner of the Eastham to Liverpool Ferry in an attempt to attract more visitors to his Eastham Ferry Hotel.
For a small village, Eastham is rich in both natural beauty and history and the attractions on offer reflect that. For example, Eastham Country Park is not only a beautiful walk through ancient woodland (including a 500 year old oak) and beside the Mersey, it is also dotted with information boards that offer a little of the site’s history – it is also an important site for local wildlife.
Then there is St. Mary’s church and grounds – with WWI and WWII memorials, a yew tree dating back more than a thousand years, and the historic church. In addition to the village itself, there is also the proximity of dozens of historic towns and villages, the Roman city of Chester and plenty more all within the distance of a family day out.
For the party animals among us, the nightlife of Eastham may not be a reason to move to the village, but then the nightlife, concerts, sporting events and more that are on offer in the nearby cities of Chester, Liverpool and Manchester should be enough to satisfy even the most social of butterflies.
Alternatively, you can go and catch the latest films at the Odeon Luxe, a state-of-the-art cinema in nearby Bromborough, or treat yourself to a day of total relaxation, pampering and indulgence at the four star Leverhulme Hotel & Spa in nearby Bebington.
Eastham has a phenomenal choice of salons for a small village. Whether you’re looking for a nail salon, a beauty parlour or hair stylist, there’s a wide selection of possible options on offer to ensure that you’ll never struggle to find an appointment the day before an interview or ready for a night out.
While it may not be the main priority for buyers or renters in Eastham, it’s always nice to know that the village has a thriving beauty industry and plenty of options for therapies and treatments without having to travel to nearby cities.
In neighbouring Bromborough you’ll find The Croft Retail and Leisure Park which should be able to satisfy most of the cravings someone may have for a little retail therapy, and along with 1200 free car parking spaces providing ease of access to the 450,000 square foot park, the convenience of the variety of stores, restaurants and leisure activities makes it even more attractive when compared to larger retail complexes.
However, if that doesn’t provide enough to please your inner shopper, then you may want to take a short road trip to the nearby city’s shopping complex LiverpoolONE, or to Manchester’s giant Trafford Centre – both of which are within an easy drive and offer everything that even the most committed shopaholic could demand.
As with most residential areas of the UK, Eastham is within a short drive of the usual major supermarket chains as well as larger Tesco and Aldi stores. There is also Vineyard Farm in Bromborough which offers locally sourced, sustainable fresh produce with handmade sweet and savoury baked goods.
In addition, while the village has an abundance of nearby chain supermarkets, there are also fantastic independently owned butchers, greengrocers and more – allowing you the option of buying either your favourite brands or something more artisanal.
Did You Know?
- Eastham Locks - the western end of the Manchester Ship Canal - is among the largest locks in the UK and is a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth II dock which tests its fire alarm at 8.45 every morning and has done since 1950.
- American author, and then US consul in Liverpool, Nathaniel Hawthorne, while on a visit to Eastham noted it to be: [The] finest old English village I have seen, with many antique houses, and with altogether a rural and picturesque aspect, unlike anything in America, and yet possessing a familiar look, as if it were something I had dreamed about.
- When, in 1152, the Abbot and monks of St Werburgh were gifted the land that St. Mary’s church now stands on by Earl Randall of Chester, the villager’s plea to them was ‘have a care of ye olde yew’ - meaning that the tree is almost certainly more than a thousand years old.