Hale, Halton

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Hale
Hale Childe 1.jpg
Statue of John Middleton in Church End, Hale
Hale is located in Cheshire
Hale
Hale
 Hale shown within Cheshire
Population 1,898 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ468824
Civil parish Hale
Unitary authority Halton
Ceremonial county Cheshire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LIVERPOOL
Postcode district L24
Dialling code 0151
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Halton
List of places
UK
England
Cheshire

Coordinates: 53°20′12″N 2°48′00″W / 53.33673°N 2.80007°W / 53.33673; -2.80007

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.[1] 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.

The entire area was historically in Lancashire. Before 1 April 1974 it formed part of the Whiston Rural District in Lancashire. The area still however has a Liverpool postcode "L24"

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.

Notable people[edit]

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.[2]

Audrey Withers (1905–2001), editor of Vogue between 1940 and 1960, was born in Hale, where her father was a local doctor.[3]

Jack Dennis (1996-2014) of Town Lane, he is the village cyclist. He has represented SKY cycling team at youth level winning the Youth Tour of Devon which was and amazing part of his career he has also represented Halton in other cycling competitions.

David Powell of Bandon Close is a well respected business owner and runs a successful billiard pool crafting company. He is also known for his charitable donations to the Hale Village hall and was responsible for the installation of new heaters before the cold winter season.

Hale Head[edit]

Hale Head lighthouse

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.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: Hale". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 June 2008. 
  2. ^ BBC News: A tall tale: The Childe of Hale remembered (accessed 12 April 2013)
  3. ^ Drusilla Beyfus, 'Withers [married names Stewart, Kennett], (Elizabeth) Audrey (1905–2001), magazine editor' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2005)

External links[edit]

Hale Village Websites