As villages on the peninsula, Prenton and Oxton offer a calming and relaxing environment for their residents. Located inland on the eastern side of the Wirral, both lack in the peninsula charm of the waters that caress its borders. However, with antiquated charm and history, the absence of the Wirral’s best asset can be easily forgotten.
The upmarket village of Oxton is a real treat for those looking for a more laidback lifestyle away from the busier towns but still, want to enjoy a great social and community vibe. The local high street is alive with vibrancy from independent stores, trendy coffee shops and stylish bars and eateries. With much of Oxton’s architecture dating back to Edwardian times, there is an array of beautiful properties with stunning period features, making Oxton a popular area for those who want a home with history.
Neighbouring Prenton may not offer the pizzazz that Oxton does, however, with a great number of affordable family homes and schools within the area, it is an attractive place for young families to set up home.
1The name ‘Prenton’ is thought to come from a mixture of Welsh and Saxon languages, with ‘Pren’ meaning ‘Wood’ in Welsh and ‘Tun’ meaning a ‘settlement’ in Saxon. It was first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘’Prestune’. 2Oxton is home to Fraiche, which is Merseyside first and only restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star. Owned by Chef-Patron, Marc Wilkinson, this exclusive restaurant has a hefty waiting list of around three to four months, but its avant-garde dishes are worth the wait!3Tranmere Rovers’ ground, Prenton Park, is the biggest stadium in non-league football and has played host to a number of key games including Tranmere VS Stoke City in 1972, where 24,424 fans attended the game, the largest recorded crowd number in its history.4The area of Oxton formed a large part of the Earl of Shrewsbury’s estate. The Talbot family had held the title since 1442 and many of the road names in the area pay homage to the family including ‘Talbot Road’, ‘Shrewsbury Road’ and 'The Shrewsbury Arms'.5‘The Secret Gardens of Oxton’ is an award-winning annual event that showcases private gardens not normally open to the public. In 2018 over 25 courtyards, rockeries, walled gardens, ponds and colourful borders attracted nearly 4,000 visitors. The first event was held in 2001 and since then it has raised over £300,000 for local charities.
Lifestyle & Activities
Prenton is home to many sporting grounds and sporting facilities for the local community, including the iconic Prenton Park, home to Tranmere Rovers. The ground, which the club moved to in 1912 has been a core part of the local community for many years and it continues to offer great activities, both within its grounds and at key community hubs for local residents.
For children, the club offers a great range of activities including football and dance clubs during lunchtime and after-school clubs. During half terms, the club offers Soccer Schools and courses for mini football fans. Adults can also get involved, with the club offering walking football for both ladies and gentlemen over 50. The club also offer a Disability Programme for both children and adults to train and play in a team.
For those who enjoy a spot of golf, Prenton Golf Club boasts beautiful views of the Wirral Peninsula and with a 6457-yard course, offers the perfect escape for those who want to relax away from the outside world for a few hours. With a smaller course and a particular focus on ladies’ golf, the Wirral Golf Club is a popular choice for families.
The Arno is a small but beautiful green space in Prenton, offering a piece of gardener’s paradise in a built-up area. The area is a popular place for the community to enjoy the outdoors, with many local residents enjoying the rose garden and shrub beds. The park has been a core part of the community for years and in 1834, a variety of Roman coins were found within the park. For those who are particularly green-thumbed, The Friends of The Arno group is a voluntary group that looks after the gardens, a perfect way to enjoy your hobby and meet members of the local community.
Prenton’s Duck Pond Lane Park offers a vast space of fields for the community to enjoy, with a small playground area for children. The large fields make it a popular place for local dog walkers to enjoy the open space for dogs to roam and play.
For those who are less adrenaline junkies and more social butterflies, there is no better place to visit than Oxton. With a clear sense of old-school community values and homes filled with architectural character and warmth, Oxton is the type of village that has an undeniable sense of Britishness, of the vintage kind. Former homes of rich shipping merchants still sit as beautifully as they did in their heyday, making Oxton an interesting place for buyers not afraid of some property TLC.
Oxton’s Rose Mount and Christchurch Road are where you can find the chic local coffee shops, restaurants and shops, housed in quaint cottages with picture perfect windows. With a distinct lack of cookie-cutter stores, this area makes the perfect destination for those who love originality and diverse independence.
With a large number of families residing within the villages, both Prenton and Oxton are home to some great schools for children, from nursery to secondary school.
Having achieved a rating of ‘outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted report, there is little wonder why the small school of Oxton St. Saviour’s Church of England Primary is a sought-after school for parents wanting the best education for their children. Having close links to the Oxton St Saviour’s Parish Church, the children often visit the church, allowing them to learn more about their faith.
Each month, children take part in the ‘Messy Church’ activity in which they learn stories about The Bible in a fun and engaging way. For three Sundays each month, children are invited along to Sunday School where they can get involved in the service, from singing in the choir to reading prayers.
Oxton is also home to Townfield Primary School, which has gained the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award, which focuses on the human rights of children, which the school entrenches in its teachings. The school switched to ‘academy’ status in 2014, although this means the curriculum is slightly different than a state school, Townfield has ensured that they keep the same holiday dates as the local authority, helping parents with children in different schools.
Prenton is known for its many good schools and there are a variety of different schools for parents to consider. With a school mantra of ‘Believe to Achieve’, Ofsted noted that the staff at Prenton Primary School were ‘determined to build pupil’s aspirations and resilience so that they can overcome barriers and become successful and confident’. It is with this positive focus on education that makes the school a popular choice within the local community.
Devonshire Park Primary School is another popular choice for schooling within Prenton and offers education from Foundation Stage up until Key Stage 2, preparing children for their next step in education. As a state school, it follows lesson planning based on the National Curriculum and therefore, children are expected to learn both Core Subjects and Foundation Subjects including History, P.S.H.E and R.E.
With its close location to Prenton Park, home of Tranmere Rovers, there is little wonder why the school puts a lot of focus on sports in the curriculum. A vast proportion of the P.E classes at Devonshire Park Primary are led by Premier Sport, a company which are known to provide sports classes to school children across the UK.
For parents with older children, Prenton High School for Girls offers a varied curriculum that encompasses both core subjects with a fantastic choice of extra-curricular activities across a range of areas including fitness, cooking and film. After its latest Ofsted report in 2017, the school received a rating of ‘Good’ and Ofsted noted that in its questionnaire, 98% of parents would recommend the school to fellow parents.