Shops adjoining Townfield Close
|Population||4,990 (2001 Census)|
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|• London||179 mi (288 km) SE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-WRL|
Due to a redefining of post towns by the Royal Mail in 2003, Noctorum is identified as being within Prenton (which is in fact a geographically separate suburb of Birkenhead), yet this was only a postal change and Noctorum itself still remains a part of Birkenhead.
The name Noctorum is of Old Irish origin, originally Cnocc Tirim, meaning 'Dry Hill'. This may be in reference to Bidston Hill, of which Noctorum is situated on its western slope. The name may long pre-date the Norse-Irish settlement in the early 10th century and go back to a Hibernian settlement of the west coast in the Sub-Roman period (early 5th century).
Noctorum appears as Chenoterie (Norman French) in the Domesday Book of 1086. "Chêne" (French for oak) may be used here as in the Wirral hamlet of Landican (Old Welsh/Brythonic) called Landechene, the Oak Enclosure in the Norman French of the Doomsday Book.
Noctorum was a township of the parish of Woodchurch, in the Wirral Hundred. The population was 17 in 1801, 32 in 1851 and 212 in 1901. It was added to Birkenhead civil parish in 1933 and part of the County Borough of Birkenhead, within the geographical county of Cheshire, until local government reorganisation on 1 April 1974.
Noctorum is in the northern part of the Wirral Peninsula, approximately 4.5 km (2.8 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Leasowe, 6.5 km (4.0 mi) east-north-east of the Dee Estuary at Caldy and 4 km (2.5 mi) west of the River Mersey at Tranmere. Noctorum is situated on the western side of the Bidston to Storeton ridge, with the area at an elevation of between 10–60 m (33–197 ft) above sea level.
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- Mortimer, William Williams (1847). The History of the Hundred of Wirral. London: Whittaker & Co. p.286.
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