Ormskirk, is situated in West Lancashire midway between Liverpool and Southport, seven miles inland from the Irish Sea. The town has evolved from an early settlement built in a dominant position on a sandstone ridge overlooking the south-west Lancashire plain. The origins of the settlement are obscure. The place-name of Ormskirk has Scandinavian derivations: Kirk is the Scandinavian word for church, and Orm is a personal name. There is a suggestion that Orm was an early lord of Lathom. Ormskirk is a market town, it was granted its Market Charter in 1670. Two markets are held weekly on Thursday and Saturday. Today the area is mainly agricultural, well served by the M57, M58 and the M6.