Hightown is a small, coastal village situated between Little Crosby and Formby in Sefton, Merseyside. According to the latest census figures, there are approx. 2,062 residents, and 892 houses. We enjoy a rural setting and are fortunate to have our own beach and be surrounded by extensive farmland and green spaces. We have an excellent range of facilities, including a general village shop, post office, hairdressers, physiotherapists, dentists, pharmacy, pub (The Hightown Hotel), drama school, and GP surgery. The village also boasts two churches (St. Stephens, and Our Lady of Victories), a sports club (The Hightown Club) with extensive facilities incl. playing fields, tennis courts, cricket pitch and nets, squash courts, and club house, and a sailing club (Blundellsands Sailing Club).
We also benefit from being located directly on the main railway line running between Liverpool and Southport, and have had a long association with the Altcar Rifle Range and Camp, which is situated on land within the village boundary. For nature lovers, there are many species of flora and fauna in Hightown that are not found in other areas of the UK, and a number of sites are of special interest and enjoy protected status because they are home to animal breeds including natterjack toads, sand lizards, and red squirrels.
The village is popular with walkers and cyclists owing to it’s coastal location and direct access to the coastal path which runs all the way down from Ainsdale to Waterloo. The Hightown Hotel is a popular lunch stop-off for many a hungry visiter !
However, Hightown has not always been such a thriving and popular place…..
The village only really came in to existence in the 1880s, with a very modest number of houses and development right up until the early 1900s. Indeed, “My Hightown, 1897 – 1969” by Joe Bulman details that the Ordnance Survey map for 1891, showed just 6 cottages, the Hightown Hotel, and Hightown Truant School. The railway arrived in the late 1840s, and the Altcar Rifle Range opened in 1860, both of which started to bring more people to the area.