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Aintree is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton, Merseyside. It lies between Walton and Maghull on the A59 road, about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) north of Liverpool city centre.

It is best known as the site of Aintree Racecourse, which since the 19th century has staged the Grand National horse race. During the 1950s and '60s, there was also a three-mile-long motor racing circuit on the site, which used the same grandstands as the horse race. A shorter form of the racing circuit is still used for various events, although car racing ceased in 1982.

Historically part of Lancashire, the name Aintree, thought to be of Saxon origin, means "one tree" or "tree standing alone." In 1999, the parish council decided to revert to its original name of Aintree Village; this request was granted by Sefton Council. Local legend held that a tree on Bull Bridge Lane, one of the oldest parts of the village, was "the Ain tree". The tree had to be cut down in 2004 because it had become diseased.

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal runs through the village.

The church of St Peter Warbreck Moor Aintree was consecrated by the Bishop of Chester on 20 November 1877 and demolished in 1999. The foundation stone for this church was laid by the Bishop of Chester on 2 April 1876 when the parish was in the Diocese of Chester. The church was part of the Diocese of Liverpool when the Diocese was created.

The church of St Giles Aintree Lane, Aintree was established in 1939 and is an active parish in the Diocese of Liverpool.

Resources

Civil registration

Post 1837 events Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/

Church records

Census

http://www.1881pubs.ccom/ for details of public houses in the 1881 census

1841 FHL BRITISH Film 306905
1851 p. 394-405 FHL BRITISH Film 87198
1861 FHL BRITISH Film 543019
1871 FHL BRITISH Film 841922
1881 FHL BRITISH Film 1341885
1891 RG 12/2984 (3 fiches) FHL BRITISH Fiche 6098094

Poor Law Unions

West Derby, Lancashire Poor Law Union

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