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Dominated by historic Knowsley Hall, the borough of Knowsley is a borough of Merseyside to the east of Liverpool. In fact it is thought to pre-date it's more illustrious neighbour by several centuries, mentioned, as it is, in the Doomsday Book. At that time it was known as Chenulveslei which is a derivation from a local phrase meaning "Glade of the Wolves", and other place-names in the area stem from names of that period: Cherchebi is now Kirkby, Torboc became Tarbock. Knowsley Hall itself has been held by the Stanley family since 1385. The family has boasted it's share of peers and politicians since that time: Sir John Stanley becameLord Lieutenant of Ireland and later Treasurer of the Royal Household during the reign of Richard II, and his grandson was summoned to Westminster in his role as Lord Stanley. The second Lord Stanley provided what proved to be decisive support to Henry VII at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, in reward for which he was made First Earl of Derby. The 12th Earl of Derby founded both the Derby and Oaks horse-races ("Oaks" being the name of his country residence) - the Derby has been run at nearby Epsom race-course to this day. Knowsley has had a few famous visitors across the centuries: Shakespeare is said to have performed in a production at one of Knowsley's theatres; considering the Stanley family's close links to royalty, it is not surprising to note that Henry VII visited Knowsley in 1495; writer Edward Lear penned "The Owl and the Pussycat" while residing with the Stanleys at Knowsley Hall. More recently Bill Clinton, ex-President of the United States, has stayed at the hall, and twice Prime Minister Harold Wilson was also a one-time resident of the area.