Situated in the Merseyside borough of Knowsley north of the city of Liverpool is the town of Halewood. The name derives from the Hale manor which adjoins it, literally "The Wood of Hales", and timber production was key to the town's growth. When the main Liverpool to Manchester railway line was opened it passed directly through Halewood, and because of this the town became a busy goods junction which was used in both world wars for the transportation of troops and supplies. These days, apart from it's extensive parkland which is a haven for bird-watchers, the town is perhaps best known for the giant Ford production plant that provides much of it's employment. Despite the name, the factory actually manufactures Jaguar models rather than Fords nowadays, what with Ford's takeover of Jaguar in the 90's and production of their own cars being moved to the Far-East.