Halton, Cheshire

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This article is about the area of Runcorn. For other uses, see Halton (disambiguation).
Part of the ruins of Halton Castle

Halton, formerly a separate village, is now part of the town of Runcorn, Cheshire, England. The name Halton has been assumed by the Borough of Halton, which includes Runcorn, Widnes and some outlying parishes.

Geography[edit]

The village stands in an elevated position at 240 feet (73 m) compared with the surrounding area which lies at about 100 feet (30 m). At its centre is an outcrop of sandstone which rises to a height of 252.6 feet (77 m).[1] On the summit of the outcrop are the ruins of Halton Castle. The major road, Main Street, passes below the castle, to its west and south, and Castle Road leads up to the castle.

History[edit]

Halton Castle in 1727. Engraving by the Buck brothers

There is evidence of human occupation in the Stone Age and during the Roman era.[2] The village is recorded in the Domesday Book and towards the end of the 11th century the first castle, which became the seat of the Barons of Halton, was built on the hill.[3] During the medieval period a deer park measuring 100 acres (40 ha) lay to the south and the west of the village. At this time Halton had a weekly market and annual fair.[4] The village held a court leet and the castle was used as a prison.[5] During the Civil War the castle was held by the Royalists and twice besieged by Parliamentary forces. Following this the castle fell into ruin.[6] The importance of Halton declined with the coming of the Industrial Revolution and the development of the chemical and other industries in Runcorn.[7]

Today[edit]

The village is now entirely residential. It is surrounded to the west and north by the estates of Runcorn New Town. To the south is Halton Lea, a shopping mall, and other retail and entertainment outlets. To the east is Town Park. The castle is a Grade I listed building and a scheduled ancient monument, and there are a number of other listed buildings in the village. There are two public houses, the Castle Hotel, which is incorporated into the structure of the castle and which contains the former courthouse, and the Norton Arms. In the village are two active churches, the Anglican Church of St Mary and Trinity Methodist Church. The Village has a Millennium Green, one of a series of 245 charity-run public Greenspaces created at the Turn of the Millennium.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Height, EarthTools, retrieved 6 November 2008 
  2. ^ Starkey 1990, pp. 1–4.
  3. ^ Starkey 1990, pp. 7–8.
  4. ^ Starkey 1990, pp. 19–21.
  5. ^ Starkey 1990, pp. 25–28.
  6. ^ Starkey 1990, pp. 57–58.
  7. ^ Starkey 1990, pp. 147ff.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Starkey, H.F. (1990), Old Runcorn, Halton: Halton Borough Council 

Coordinates: 53°19′52″N 2°41′38″W / 53.331°N 2.694°W / 53.331; -2.694