All Saints' Church, Childwall (October 2006)
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Childwall is an affluent suburb of Liverpool, Merseyside, England and a Liverpool City Council Ward. Historically in Lancashire, it is located to the south of the city, bordered by Gateacre, Wavertree, Belle Vale, Broadgreen, Bowring Park and Mossley Hill. In 2008 the population was recorded as 14,085.
The earliest recorded reference to Childwall was in the Domesday Book of 1086.
Childwall was known as Cileuuelle in the 1086 Domesday Book meaning 'a stream where youngsters meet' from the Old English words cild and wella. Historically the name has been recorded as Childewalle (1212 and 1332), Chaldewall (1238), Childwall (1261), Childewelle (1291), Chaldewal (1305) and Childewall (1354).
All Saints' Church, Childwall is the oldest church in Liverpool. Though Childwall still maintains a large Jewish community, since the 1980s this has been in gradual decline with some of those formerly of the Childwall Jewish community now living in Gateacre and Allerton.
Childwall is dominated by the "Childwall Fiveways", a roundabout that is one of the busiest in Liverpool and has developed into a hotspot for upmarket bars and restaurants since the turn of the millennium. Housing is almost entirely detached or semi-detached; there are very few terraces within Childwall. The area's pleasant greenery in abundance and range of large houses makes it one of Liverpool's most sought-after suburbs.
Childwall's public houses include the Childwall Abbey, which once played host to The Quarrymen, a fledgling incarnation of The Beatles (who were to be managed by a famous resident of the area, Brian Epstein), the Halfway House and the Childwall Fiveways. From 2009, the Halfway House became the starting point for regular Tom Slemen's Haunted Liverpool Ghost and Murder Tours of Childwall, in aid of Freshfields Animal Rescue.
Lime Pictures, formerly Mersey Television, is based in the area and produces Hollyoaks for Channel Four. Childwall was also the home of Brookside until 2003, and the BBC's Grange Hill between 2003 and 2008.
Regular bus services connect the district with Liverpool John Lennon Airport and the city centre, as well as surrounding districts.
The elected councillors for Childwall are Cllrs Ruth Hirschfield and Jeremy Wolfson of the Labour Party, and Cllr Pat Moloney of the Liberal Democrats.