The name Sefton probably derives from the Old Norse sef, meaning 'sedge' or 'rushes', and tún meaning 'farmstead'.
Sefton village is a picturesque and quaint settlement north-east of Crosby. Central to the village is Sefton Parish Church (CofE), which was originally built in the twelfth century as the private chapel to the Molyneux family. It is now a Grade 1 listed building. The once nearby Georgian Rectory was demolished in the 1970s; however the gate piers still stand at the entrance to Glebe End.
Next door to the church is the Grade II listed and popular 'Punch Bowl Inn'. The area also boasts St Helen's Well and the site of Sefton Mill dating back to the Middle Ages.