The name 'Raby' is of Viking origin, deriving from the Old Norse word of 'Ra-byr', meaning 'boundary
settlement'. The boundary in question is said to be that which separated the land of the Vikings
from the land of the Saxons, all of whom lived on the Wirral peninsula at the same time.
Raby has always been a small rural community, comprising of a few houses, two farms and an old,
thatched public house, the 'Wheatsheaf', which is well known in the locality. The pub is owned by
the Leverhulme Estate, which also owns much land locally. A stroll through the green is certainly
worth taking time out for on a crisp winters day. Although extremely small, there are some very old
buildings in the area worth looking at and the Wheatsheaf public house is centred directly in the
middle for a quick drink. Buildings worth noting are Pear Tree Farm, Pear Tree Cottage, The old
School House, Grange Farm, Jasmine Cottageand Raby House and Raby Cottage.
Raby, was also the site of one of the few water mill's on the Wirral peninsula. The old mechanical
parts have now been taken out but the mill house itself still remains. Raby also contains the old
settlement of Little Nestons or Hargrave, the seat of the ancient Hargrave family. Many of the
families buildings still exist as does the name on many of the dwellings and farms.
Much of Raby is covered by Bromborough Golf Course, and unfortunately many of the old rural
building have been demolished due to dilapidation. Many of the present day road name still tell the
story of Rabys past, one interesting road name worth noting is "Lawns Avenue". In 1875 the old
maps show that area to be covered by a bowling green, which im sure is where the name derived
from. The green was most likely privately owned by the occupiers of a large house called
"The Hollies" which sat at the between Blakely Road and The Lawns, which is now covered by
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