Rainhill Civic Society
Rainhill is situated in the north west of England, about 10 miles (16km) east
of the city of Liverpool. It forms the southern-most portion of the Metropolitan
Borough of St Helens. To its southeast lies Halton in Cheshire and to the west
and south the borough of Knowsley.
There was a settlement at Rainhill as early as the year 1190, when the
spelling Raynhull was recorded. The creation of the turnpike road from Liverpool
to Warrington in 1753 gave Rainhill a greater degree of importance as a coaching
station on the route to London. The opening of the pioneering Liverpool
Manchester Railway, following the world famous Rainhill Locomotive Trials of 1829, brought prosperity to the area.
During Victorian times residential areas grew around the village centre, and
family run firms linked to the local watch-making, glass-making and coal
industries began to thrive. In the 1930's and, especially, the 1960's and 70's,
residential estates surrounded the village, and Rainhill's population soared.
Today, Rainhill has even better transport communications, situated as it is
adjacent to the M62 motorway. The village centre is a conservation area. While
industry is now almost absent from the township, arable farming is still an
important feature. Many residents commute to work in neighbouring towns,
especially Liverpool and St Helens.
Acknowledgements to "The Story of Rainhill", R. Dickinson and F. Dickinson,
2002, Published by Rainhill Civic Society
The Society's most recent book "Rainhill's Past in Pictures, containing 200 images of Rainhill through the last century or so, is now sold out.
"The Story of Rainhill", £3,
is available from
Rainhill Library and from the St Ann's Millennium Centre. Go to the publications page of this web site to order on line
Some facts about Rainhill
- Population about 12,000 people.
- Local government - St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council and Rainhill
- Parliamentary constituency - St Helens South and Whiston, represented by Marie Rimmer, MP.
Here's a location map for
Rainhill (External site)
Look at a selection of photographs of Rainhill
Did you once live in Rainhill?
Have a look at our Rainhill Reflections page. Maybe add your own message.
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