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Living in Ormskirk: The Local Area Guide
Whilst compact in size, Ormskirk in West Lancashire still boasts all the best amenities. You’ll find high street stores, independent retailers, cafés, restaurants and a whole lot of history. There are also a variety of parks; including Coronation Park, which features children's play areas, a skateboard area, a games area for football and basketball, and much more. Furthermore, the popular market town is close to Liverpool, St Helene, and Preston too – all three located within 20 miles of Ormskirk.
The town is perhaps most famous for its biweekly market, which dates back to 1286. The market now takes place every Thursday and Saturday and boasts 100 stalls, selling everything from food to hardware. The 12th Century Ormskirk Parish Church also plays a special part in the town’s 800-year history and remains to be one of the landmarks in Ormskirk.
Demographic data for Ormskirk was last collected in the 2011 census. At this time, the population was recorded at 24,196 – with the proportion of 18-24 year olds higher than the local average. From 2001-2011, there was a 23% rise in those over the age of 65 in West Lancashire. Ormskirk, however, still boasts a relatively young population compared to other nearby towns.
Employment levels in Ormskirk are healthy. Many of those working are in professional and financial service industries, usually in administrative, managerial, clerical, or junior roles. When it comes to house ownership, 52.5% of residents live in semi-detached properties, 19.4% in detached properties, and 12.8% in terraced houses. House prices here are slightly lower than the national average too. In 2013, the average house price here was £122,759. In England, the average house price in 2013 was £197,934.
Ormskirk is certainly not short on good schools. There are a variety of fantastic schools for both primary and secondary school aged children, plus a university located in the town itself. Schools rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted include Westhead Lathom St James' Church of England Primary School and Ormskirk Asmall Primary School. Other popular primary schools include, Ormskirk West End Primary School and Ormskirk Church of England Primary School; both rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. There are three secondary schools in Ormskirk too – each one assessed as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.
The market town also has its own university, Edge Hill University. Named University of the Year in 2014, in the 10th annual Times Higher Education Awards, it has a fantastic reputation. The university has three faculties: Arts and Sciences, Health and Social Care, and Education
Whether you’re planning a day trip to nearby Liverpool or looking for quick and easy transportation in and around the town, you’ll find a variety of options in Ormskirk. If you’re travelling by car, you’ll be able to get around the town with ease and out to the national motorway junction within minutes, via the A570 from Southport.
Public transportation here is just as easy. The town has its own railway station, which was recently refurbished in 2009, and a bus station. Rail services are run by Merseyrail and Ormskirk operators and offer direct transportation to Preston and Liverpool. Bus services are run by Merseytravel, Preston Bus and Glenvale; with comprehensive bus services available six days a week. For travel further afield, take the short trip to Manchester Airport. It’s just 40 minutes away by car via the M5 and M6.
Amenities and Shopping
Ormskirk has a great range of amenities for all the family, including high street stores, a bustling market, and cafés and restaurants. The town also offers a choice of supermarkets, including Morrisons and Iceland – both of which are centrally located. There’s also a Marks & Spencer, plus an Iceland store in one of the retail parks.
Ormskirk market is held twice weekly on Thursdays and Saturdays and is one of the most popular places to shop here. The 100 plus stalls sell everything from food, to clothes, to hardware – and you’re always sure to pick up a bargain here. Of course, you’ll find all the usual high street stores centrally located too, including leading fashion stores and stationers. For a more comprehensive range of shops, head to Liverpool – located just 11 miles away.
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