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Lostock Gralam shown within Cheshire
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Lostock Gralam is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England, east of Northwich. The civil parish of Lostock Gralam also includes the small hamlet of Lostock Green. According to the 2001 census, the population of the civil parish was 2,317.
Geography and communications
Lostock Gralam is in the centre of the Cheshire Plain. The main street, Manchester Road, is on the route of a Roman road, sometimes known as Watling Street, from Manchester to Chester via Northwich that subsequently became a turnpike road. Most through traffic is now diverted on the A556 Northwich bypass which divides the original village between the area now commonly known as Lostock Gralam north of the bypass and Lostock Green to the south.
The village is served by a railway station on the line between Chester and Altrincham. The Trent and Mersey Canal runs through the parish. There is a wharf at Wincham where the canal passes under the Manchester Road.
Lostock Gralam Church of England Primary School was formed in 1984 after Lostock Gralam Junior School and Manchester Road Infant School were amalgamated. The school is next to St John the Evangelist Church in School Lane. About 140 pupils attend the school. There is also a charity run nursery school, called Lostock Tiny Tots, with close links to the primary school and the church, in the Vicarage on Station Road.
Within the village there is a post office, a Chinese take away, an off licence and a hairdresser's. There are three pubs, The Slow and Easy and The Sweet Waters (formerly The Wharf) now known as Nectars Bar - both on the main Manchester Road through the village - and the recently constructed The Watermead off Cheshire Avenue to the east. There is an active community centre situated on Stubbs lane which has various community based activities available to the local community.
Development work is currently under way on the 'triangle site' adjacent to the A556. The project was initially for the whole area to become the Cheshire Business Park but only the first phase of office units was constructed and remains largely unoccupied. The triangle site includes the Watermead pub, and the Northwich Lostock Gralam Travelodge hotel. An outline planning application for housing on the remainder of the triangle site was granted consent in January 2011.
Lostock also hosts one of Cheshire's oldest Football Clubs, Lostock Gralam FC, having played continuously at their home on Manchester Road since 1892. Lostock are one of the Cheshires' leading amateur clubs, despite being based in a relatively small area.
- 1801: 361
- 1851: 519
- 1901: 1640
- 1951: 1522
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- GENUKI website entry
- Lostock Gralam Tiny Tots Pre School