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Knotty Ash is an area of Liverpoolmarker, Merseyside, Englandmarker and a Liverpool City Council Ward. At the 2001 Census, the population was 13,200.


Knotty Ash is a small area on the eastern fringe of Liverpool and neighbouring districts include West Derbymarker, Old Swanmarker, Broadgreenmarker and Dovecotmarker.

It derived its name from a gnarled ash tree, and was made famous in the United Kingdommarker by stand-up comedian and local resident Ken Dodd and his Diddy Men concept. In 2004, Mr Dodd planted a new ash tree close to the site of the original (outside the Knotty Ash pub). According to the 1969 BBC children's television programme Ken Dodd And The Diddymen, the fictitious Diddyland, boasting the highest sunshine rate in the world, was situated in the centre of Knotty Ash.

Knotty Ash is mentioned in the lyrics of the song "Liverpool Lullaby" by Cilla Black.

Knotty Ash is also rumored to be mentioned in the nursery rhyme The Owl and the Pussycat, in the line "to the land where the bong tree grows". The bong tree is rumored to be the knotted Ash tree which once stood by an ancient row of cottages called the little bongs.

Knotty Ash was the site of the "Tiki" Murder in 1961.


The elected councillors for Knotty Ash are Cllrs Dave Irving, Paul Twigger and Josie Mullen - each Liberal Democrats. The elected MPs are Jane Kennedy (Wavertree Constituency) and Bob Wareing (West Derby Constituency). At the next General Election, Knotty Ash will be wholly in the West Derby constituency.


Knotty Ash contains the special needs family the Evans


Knotty Ash railway stationmarker, on the North Liverpool Extension Line, once served the area.It is also the west end of the M62.


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