High Street shopping in Hoylake

PUBLISHED: 17:20 02 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:24 22 February 2014

High Street Stars of Hoylake

High Street Stars of Hoylake

Anyone for tee? But there's more to Hoylake than just golf Words by Polly Berkeley PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BILLINGTON

Hoylake with its handsome seafront houses and world-famous golf course has a certain cachet on the Wirral.


It may not quite be the North Wests answer to the French Riviera, but it attracts a glamorous upmarket crowd and has some illustrious former residents such as actor turned politician Glenda Jackson and pianist Stephen Hough who all grew up in the town as did Bill Ryder-Jones, Nick Power, Lee Southall, and Paul and John Duffy from The Coral. John Lennons wife Cynthia moved here from Liverpool after they divorced in 1968 with their son Julian.


Take in the sea air and browse the shops. You can hunt for anything from a dress for a posh occasion and vintage wares, to cupcakes and delicious deli delights.

Mary Queen of Shops Portas came here a couple of years ago to revamp a greengrocers and new business has entered the high street, which suggests support for independents from the locals. And of course it caters for all those who come into town for the big golf tournaments at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club (such as the British Open which is being hosted here in 2014) with its wide variety of bars and restaurants.


The town was originally a fishing village called Hoose and the name Hoylake was derived from Hoyle Lake, a channel of water between Hilbre Island and Dove Point. Protected by a wide sandbank known as Hoyle Bank and with a water depth of about 20 feet, it provided a safe anchorage for ships too large to sail up the Dee to Chester.


Today it is home to Hoylake Lifeboat Museum, at the Old Lifeboat House on Hoylake Promenade, an independent charity and a rarity as it is the only museum of its kind on the west coast of England not affiliated to the RNLI. Visitors come from all over the country to view Chapman the oldest pulling and sailing lifeboat, the last to serve on Hilbre Island.


Another landmark is the Hoylake and West Kirby War Memorial, designed in 1922 by Charles Sergeant Jagger, who was also responsible for the Royal Artillery Memorial in Hyde Park Corner, in London.

Where is it? Hoylake is within the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. It is located at the north western corner of the Wirral Peninsula, near to the town of West Kirby and where the River Dee estuary meets the Irish Sea.


About Hoylake In 1690 William III set sail from Hoylake to Ireland with a 100,000-strong army set to take part in the Battle of the Boyne, giving rise to the name of local spot, The Kings Gap. It was originally a fishing village called Hoose and the name Hoylake was derived from Hoyle Lake, a channel of water between Hilbre Island and Dove Point.

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