Statue of John Middleton in Church End, Hale
Hale shown within Cheshire
|Population||1,898 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
Hale is a village and civil parish in the Halton unitary authority of Cheshire, England. According to the 2001 Census it had a population of 1,898. The village is north of the River Mersey, and just to the east of the boundary with Merseyside. It is 2½ miles east of Speke in Liverpool, and 4 miles south-west of Widnes. The nearby village of Halebank is to the north-east.
In spite of being close to the City of Liverpool, the village’s tranquil and quiet atmosphere still survives today. The many whitewashed cottages, with country gardens, set against a background of mature trees, present an attractive picture in the spring and summer.
The visitor will quickly appreciate why Hale Village has several times won ‘Best - Kept Village’ awards in the late 1960s and more recently several "Community Pride" and "Little Gem Awards" for several locations in the village. Situated on Grade One agricultural land, Hale Village is surrounded by several farms and rolling countryside.
Since the late 1960s−1980s and more recently, over 6 modern-day housing developments have been built on farmland and other sites in and around the main center of the then, old village-which since, have increased the population of the village from around 100 to nearly 2000 residents. The new modern-day developments include:
- The Curlender-Hale Park Estate-Vicarge Close
- The Wimpy Estate/Part Cocklaid Lane
- Holly Close-Poco Houses/Part Cocklaid Lane
- Pheasant Field Estate
- Ellwood Close Development
- Church End Muse
Other new developments during the same period include a new village school called, Hale C of E Primary and village shopping precinct called Ivy Farm Court. A Police House was built to accommodate a village Police Man. During the 1980s this house was reverted to a normal private dwelling.
John Middleton (1578–1623), the Childe of Hale, was reputed to be nine feet, three inches tall, or 2.8 m. His cottage and grave are located in the village. Just outside St Mary's Church was a wooden carving of the Childe Of Hale which is said to have been life sized. It was replaced in 2013 by a bronze statue 3 tall by local sculptor, Diane Gorvin.
Hale Head was the southernmost point in Lancashire. A lighthouse was established here in 1838; the original octagonal structure was superseded by a taller round tower in 1906. The light was discontinued in 1958, but the building remains in use as a private residence.
- "2001 Census: Hale". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 June 2008.
- BBC News: A tall tale: The Childe of Hale remembered (accessed 12 April 2013)
- Drusilla Beyfus, 'Withers [married names Stewart, Kennett], (Elizabeth) Audrey (1905–2001), magazine editor' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2005)
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