The town of Haydock
It is generally accepted that it was named after the first landholders, the de Haydock family, who settled there in the 12th century.
With a population of around 18,000 people, it is found in the heart of the Lancashire coalfields, where hard, dirty work and unions were its staples. Since the mines closed in the 1960's, main industries are now logistics and distribution. The most famous horse racing track in the NW of England in Haydock Park Racecourse (Web: http://www.haydock-park.co.uk); other sport in the area includes the local rugby team, the Saints.
In 1974, when parts of Lancashire and Cheshire were removed and the counties of Merseyside and Greater Manchester were created, Haydock became part of the metropolitan borough of St Helens in Merseyside.
The town of Haydock has long had a nickname - Yick - which has given rise to a formerly derogatory name used for the locals - Yickers - a term used for locals who were considered not too bright. These days Haydock locals, especially the football fans, embrace the name, and their main liquor store is called The Thirsty Yicker.
Situated at the intersection of the M6 and A580 (East Lancashire Rd), Haydock is just over 30km (18.6mi) from Manchester and Liverpool and is a regional road transport hub. The nearest international airports are at Liverpool and Manchester. The nearest mainline train station is Earlstown Station at Newton-le-Willows, about 2km (1.2mi) south of Haydock. Regular trains run to Liverpool (30min), Manchester (25min), London (3hr) and many other destinations.
Further notes on the town of Haydock can be found on the web at: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/destinations/europe/england/haydock?v=print