Hunsterson is a hamlet (at SJ697461) and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. The hamlet is located 2¾ miles to the north east of Audlem and 6 miles to the south of Crewe. The parish also includes the settlements of Brown Moss, Four Lane End, Foxes Bank and Whittaker's Green. The total population is a little over 150. Nearby villages include Audlem, Buerton, Hatherton and Hankelow.
Hunsterson is administered by Doddington and District Parish Council, which also includes the parishes of Blakenhall, Bridgemere, Checkley cum Wrinehill, Doddington and Lea. From 1974 the civil parish was served by Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council, which was succeeded on 1 April 2009 by the new unitary authority of Cheshire East . Hunsterson falls in the parliamentary constituency of Crewe and Nantwich, which has been represented by Edward Timpson since a by-election in 2008.
Geography and transport
The area is relatively flat with an average elevation of around 70 metres. The civil parish is predominantly rural, with the major land use being agricultural. Part of Doddington Park falls within the north east of the parish, including an unnamed lake south east of Pepperstreet Moss. Landscaped in the 18th century by Capability Brown, the park is listed at grade II by the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. There several areas of mixed woodland, particularly in the north east of the parish, including Black Covert, Chapel Wood, Pepperstreet Moss, The Reeds and part of Birchenhill Wood. Ridley's Pool lies within Chapel Wood, and numerous small meres and ponds are scattered across the parish. Birchall Brook forms part of the southern boundary, and several unnamed brooks run through the parish.
Bridgemere Lane/Hunterson Road runs east–west through the parish between the A529 to the west and the A51 to the east. Hunsterson Road runs northwards from the junction of Bridgemere Lane and Hunterson Road towards Hatherton, and Pewit Lane runs southwards to Brown Moss; the crossroads at SJ697461 forms the centre of the hamlets of Hunsterson and Four Lane End. The South Cheshire Way runs through the north-west of the parish, in part following Bridgemere Lane.
According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 156. The population has declined since 1800; the historical population figures were 235 (1801), 212 (1851), 165 (1901) and 159 (1951).
St John's Church off Hunterson Road (at SJ702463) dates from 1836–7 and is by Edward Lapidge; it is listed at grade II. The church is in yellow sandstone and features a bellcote and a plaque with the coat of arms of the Delves-Broughton family of Doddington Hall. Originally a chapel, it became the parish church for Hunsterson and the nearby parishes of Bridgemere, Checkley cum Wrinehill and Doddington in 1840.
Three timber-framed buildings within the parish are listed at grade II. Yewtree Cottage and Brownmoss Farmhouse are both farmhouses on Pewit Lane which date originally from the 16th or 17th century, while Foxes Barn Cottage on Bridgemere Lane dates originally from the 17th century.
Greenfields is a red-brick farmhouse on Hunterson Road which dates from the early or mid 17th century. Pewit Hall is a three-storey red-brick farmhouse on Pewit Lane which dates from the early 19th century. Both are listed at grade II. Off Hunterson Road are the former paddocks and stables of Doddington Hall. In red brick with a stone coping, they date from the late 18th century and are also grade II listed.
There are no educational facilities in Hunsterson. The civil parish falls within the catchment areas of Bridgemere Church of England Primary School in Bridgemere and Brine Leas High School in Nantwich.
Notes and references
- UK & Ireland Genealogy: Hunsterson (accessed 26 February 2009)
- Doddington and District Parish Council Official Web Site (accessed 18 August 2007)
- Cheshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008
- Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Crewe and Nantwich (accessed 27 January 2009)
- Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Hunsterson CP (accessed 26 February 2009)
- Ordnance Survey Explorer 257: Crewe & Nantwich
- Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Doddington Park (Grade II, 173.73ha) (accessed 30 January 2009)
- Parks & Gardens UK: Doddington Park, (also known as Doddington Hall, Nantwich), Nantwich, England (accessed 30 January 2009)
- This spelling is preferred by the Ordnance Survey, but some sources give it as Hunsterson Road
- Neighbourhood Statistics: Hunsterson CP (accessed 12 August 2007)
- Images of England: Church of St John (accessed 26 February 2009)
- Cust, L.H. (Harding, Jane, revd) (2004). Lapidge, Edward (1779–1860) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press (accessed 26 February 2009)
- UK & Ireland Genealogy: Doddington (accessed 26 February 2009)
- Images of England: Yewtree Cottage (accessed 26 February 2009)
- Images of England: Brownmoss Farmhouse (accessed 26 February 2009)
- Images of England: Foxes Barn Cottage (accessed 26 February 2009)
- Images of England: Greenfields (accessed 26 February 2009)
- Images of England: Pewit Hall (accessed 26 February 2009)
- Images of England: Wall of paddocks and stable building (accessed 26 February 2009)
- Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Bridgemere Church of England Primary School (accessed 26 February 2009)
- Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Brine Leas High School (accessed 26 February 2009)
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