Bootle, a town of Victorian terraces and post-war housing, lies roughly 4 miles north of Liverpool city centre, on the estuary of the River Mersey. Around 78,000 people live in the area.
A small hamlet at the start of the 19th century, Bootle became first a bathing resort for the well-to-do of Liverpool and then, with the coming of the railways, a major area of dockland. Bootle's economy, once reliant on the docks, is now driven by the retail sector. The Health and Safety Executive's headquarters also provide significant local employment.
Bootle has two railway stations linking it to Liverpool and is handy for the M57. John Lennon airport is within easy reach. The town is served by the New Strand Shopping Centre, a library, and a leisure centre with a 25-metre swimming pool. Derby Park provides open green space.