Southport is a seaside town on the north-west coast of England, to the north of Liverpool and the south of Preston. It is part of the borough of Sefton in the ceremonial county of Merseyside, and is within the historic boundaries of Lancashire. Southport has a population of around 93,000 people, with approximately 40% of the population over 55 years old and around 55% defined as social class ABC1. Southport has many tourist attractions including the longest overland pier in Great Britain. A recent restoration project worth over £7m has helped bring the pier up to date with improved access, lighting and a pier train. Southport, in its present form, was founded by William Sutton (The Mad Duke) in 1792. However, there have been settlements in the area for much longer than that: the northern part of the town around St Cuthbert's Church (in the part of the parish of North Meols now known as Churchtown), was mentioned in the Domesday book, and some areas of the town have names of Viking origin. Southport grew quickly in the 19th Century as it gained a reputation for being a more refined seaside resort than its neighbour-up-the-coast Blackpool. Southport is a busy and friendly resort.