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Perched on high ground in the borough of Sefton on Merseyside, the town of Maghull is a primarily modern town mostly built in the last century, but this appearance is deceptive as there has been a settlement here since Norman times; in fact the name is thought to stem from Celtic origins. The town grew, and local industry was invigorated, as roads and the Leeds and Liverpool canal linked it with Liverpool in the 18th century; later the early railway pioneers would make Maghull even more accessible to trade. The town has been linked to more sinister events and persons in the 20th century: for reasons best known to themselves, the IRA bombed a bridge in the area in 1939; Maghull is also the location of Rampton hospital where Moors murderer Ian Brady was held for his crimes.