The first real evidence of an early settlement here is in the Domesday Book, in which the area is called Otergimele.
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Town attractions include Southport Pier with its Southport Pier Tramway, the second longest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isles Extensive sand dunes stretch for several miles between Birkdale and Woodvale to the south of the town.
The Ainsdale sand dunes have been designated as a national nature reserve and a Ramsar site.
Local fauna include the Natterjack toad and the Sand lizard.
The town contains examples of Victorian architecture and town planning, on Lord Street and elsewhere.
Historically a part of Lancashire, the town in its present form was founded in 1792 when William Sutton, an innkeeper from Churchtown, built a bathing house at what now is the south end of Lord Street, the town's main thoroughfare.
At that time, the area, known as South Hawes, was sparsely populated and dominated by sand dunes.
Southport lies on the Irish Sea coast of North West England and is fringed to the north by the Ribble estuary.
The town is situated 16.7 miles (26.9 km) to the north of the city of Liverpool and 14.8 miles (23.8 km) southwest of the city of Preston.
The Domesday Book states that there were 50 huts in Otergimele, housing a population of 200.