Guide to Greasby
Greasby has four primary schools rated ‘good’ by Oftsted – though Irby Primary School, which is rated ‘outstanding’ is only a mile and a half away, and Gilbrook School for ages 4 to 11 is also rated ‘outstanding’ and is located just over a mile away in Woodchurch.
For an outstanding rated senior school, there’s a slightly longer journey, but at under three miles away, the school run to Birkenhead High School Academy is still less than arduous.
There are, in fact, multiple routes through school – from early years to A-Levels – and this, combined with the peaceful lifestyle on offer in the village makes it hugely appealing to young couples and families looking for a place to settle down.
You can find a full list of the schools available to Greasby residents here.
Greasby is served by the Greasby Group Practice in the centre of the village which has a team of experienced doctors and nurses providing excellent care for the community as a whole. The practice has been rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission. There are also three nearby dental practices available.
While accidents and injuries are far from our minds, for the most part, when looking for a community to call our own, it is nevertheless reassuring that Greasby is within a short journey of Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals.
Greasby’s facilities fall under the NHS Wirral CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), meaning care is delivered according to 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.
While, for the most part, Greasby’s dining options are traditional English fare – with a choice of chip shops and gastro-pubs on offer – but even this small village has a small and growing selection of restaurants offering a taste of more distant countries. There are curry houses, Thai and Chinese restaurants and a variety of takeaway options meaning that there’s no need to limit yourself on takeaway nights.
However, for the committed gourmand, nearby Birkenhead is able to offer a Michelin starred restaurant, while Bromborough has one with two rosettes from the AA and, if you’re looking for a romantic evening or meal with family and friends, there is culture rich Chester, Liverpool and Manchester a short drive away should you wish to follow a great meal with theatre or a concert.
The nearest railway station to Greasby is located in nearby Upton, just over two miles away, which is operated by Transport for Wales who operate an hourly service between Bidston and Wrexham which stops at the station.
The road connections between Greasby and the rest of the Wirral and northwest – with access to the M53 motorway only a few miles away from the village, meaning that Manchester is reachable in just over an hour, while Liverpool and Chester are both less than a half hour by car – meaning you can maintain a city job and a village lifestyle, making it possible to both have your cake and eat it.
Greasby is a village that predates the country of England – even if you only allow for written rather than archaeological evidence. At the time of the Domesday Book (1086), the land was owned by Hugh d’Avranches, the second Norman Earl of Chester and contained eight households. More than 700 years later, the population had only grown to 123 – though that would reach more than 4000 by the 1950s and almost 10000 by 2001.
The area has a rich heritage, as you would expect for such an ancient village, and nearby Manor Farm is Grade 2 listed and dates back to the 17th Century, with 15th Century timber structures surviving inside. There is also a replica medieval cross in the centre of the village and a restored 19th Century water-pump can be seen on Old Pump Lane.
The village itself is short on attractions, however Greasby is located such a short distance from the sea-side, from the countryside and from the many attractions of major cities that attractions are not in short supply for residents while maintaining the peaceful nature of the village.
With the whole of the Wirral on the doorstep, Greasby offers the potential for short trips to wonderful nature walks in Port Sunlight, Bebington and Eastham, river cruises on the Mersey, days at the beach, and three culture rich cities all within the reach of a day out and overflowing with galleries, museums and much more.
If you’re after a quiet evening in the local, then Greasby has plenty to offer – but it’s not a place for the avid nightclub goer, instead its residents have to make do with what’s on offer in nearby Liverpool and Manchester, two cities regularly featured in the top ten cities for everything from bars to museums, clubs, sport, music and theatre.
However, you need not go quite so far for an evening of entertainment – there are smaller theatres throughout the Wirral staging small productions, offering comedy nights and more. Though Greasby is a comparatively sleepy village compared with some, it is precisely this combined with its proximity to vibrant towns and cities that makes it such an attractive place to live.
Despite its size, the village of Greasby offers plenty for its residents in the way of beauty treatments – with no less than five salons in the village (all rated between 4.6 and 5 stars on Google Reviews). Then there are a dozen highly rated spas within a few miles, not to mention tanning salons and nail parlours.
While nearby Birkenhead may rank in the top ten in the UK for salon density per square kilometre, Greasby is proof that you don’t have to sacrifice your cuticles or your beauty therapies for the idyllic village life.
In addition to its proximity to the shopping experiences on offer in Chester, Liverpool and Manchester (where even the most committed shopaholic should find satisfaction), Greasby is also located within ten miles of another four local retail parks, allowing you to enjoy a slightly more leisurely dose of medicinal retail therapy.
Birkenhead has both the Rock Retail Park and Pyramid Centre, while Bromborough has The Croft Retail and Leisure Park, there are also the JunctionONE and Marine Point Retail and Leisure Parks requiring only a short drive. You may not find the typical uniform high-street in the centre of Greasby, but while the village retains its charm, you can find everything you want within easy reach.
As with most parts of the UK, Greasby is within a short drive of all the usual supermarket chains, with larger Tesco and Aldi stores a little further out. If you want something a little more environmentally friendly, however, there is Vineyard Farm in Bromborough, offering locally sourced, sustainable produce alongside handmade sweet and savoury baked goods.
In addition, while the village has the usual abundance of nearby supermarkets, there is also a fantastic independently owned butchers and delicatessen in the centre of the village – allowing you the option of buying something more artisanal for a treat.
Did You Know?
- The name Greasby is a Scandinavianised version of the village's Old English name Gravesberie which, itself, comes from the Old English gräf (meaning ‘grove’) and burh (meaning ‘a fortified place’) which was translated by The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names as "stronghold or fortification by a grove, trench, canal or wood”.
- Signs of human habitation - at least nomadic - were found in Greasby including rectangular sections of sandstone slabs, and in the form of burned hazelnut shells which were radiocarbon dated to between 8300 and 8500BC, meaning that the area has been home to humans for almost 10000 years - the Neolithic era, the final period of the stone age and the beginning of fixed human settlement.