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Merseyside,

former metropolitan county, NW England. Created in the 1974 local government reorganization, the county embraced the Greater Liverpool metropolitan area and comprised five metropolitan districts (metropolitan boroughs): WirralWirral,
metropolitan borough (1991 est. pop. 322,100), NW England, on the peninsula between the Mersey and Dee estuaries, in the Greater Manchester metropolitan area. Sometimes referred to as "the dormitory of Liverpool," it contains many high-income residential developments, as
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, Sefton, LiverpoolLiverpool,
city and metropolitan borough (1991 pop. 448,300), NW England, on the Mersey River near its mouth. It is one of Britain's largest cities. A large center for food processing (especially flour and sugar), Liverpool has a variety of industries, including the manufacture
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, Knowsley, and St. HelensSaint Helens,
metropolitan borough (1991 pop. 114,397), NW England, in the Greater Liverpool metropolitan area. It is a major center of glass manufacture in England. The city also has iron and brass foundries, chemical and soap factories, and potteries.
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. The Merseyside county council was abolished in 1986, and the districts became responsible for all services except police, fire, and civil defense, which are supervised jointly. It remains a ceremonial county under the Lieutenancies Act.

Merseyside

 

a conurbation in Lancashire, Great Britain, consisting of 12 cities located on the banks of the Mersey estuary. Population, 1.3 million (1971). The principal center of Merseyside is the city of Liverpool, Great Britain’s second largest seaport, which has for a long time served the industries of Lancashire. Food (sugar, flour) and chemical industries and nonferrous metallurgy, which use imported raw materials, have developed near the port. Ships are built in Birkenhead, and automobile and electrical engineering industries are located in the new outlying suburbs of Merseyside.

Merseyside

a metropolitan county of NW England, administered since 1986 by the unitary authorities of Sefton, Liverpool, St Helens, Knowsley, and Wirral. Area: 652 sq. km (252 sq. miles)
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