Hoylake is a seaside town within the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, on Merseyside, England. It is located at the north western corner of the Wirral Peninsula, near to the town of West Kirby and where the River Dee estuary meets the Irish Sea. As of the 2001 Census, the population of Hoylake was 5,710 of a total population of 13,042, as part of the Hoylake & Meols local government ward.
The above description from Wikipedia gives a present-day picture of Hoylake. Until the mid-1800s Hoylake was an alternate name for a fishing village known as Hoose which faced the Irish Sea on the northwest corner of the Wirral Peninsula. Hoose was one of a number of parishes absorbed into the civil parish of Hoylake-cum-West Kirby in 1894. The urban district for the new civil parish was originally Hoylake-cum-West Kirby, but was renamed Hoylake in 1933. Hoylake continued in existence until 1974.
The population was 10911 in 1901, and 17892 in 1951. As of the 2001 Census, the population of area equivalent to the pre-1974 urban district was 13,042.
In the nationwide municipal reorganization of 1974 the entire Wirral Peninsula, with the exception of the municipal borough of Ellesmere Port and urban district of Neston at the southern end, became the Metropolitan Borough of the Wirral in the new administrative county of Merseyside.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Hoylake.