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Saltney High Street.jpg
Saltney High Street
Saltney is located in Flintshire
 Saltney shown within Flintshire
Population 5,132 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SJ375645
Principal area Flintshire
Unitary authority Cheshire West and Chester
Ceremonial county Clwyd
Ceremonial county Cheshire
North West
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHESTER
Postcode district CH4
Dialling code 01244
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
North West
EU Parliament Wales
North West England
UK Parliament Alyn and Deeside
City of Chester
Welsh Assembly Alyn and Deeside
List of places

Coordinates: 53°10′44″N 2°55′19″W / 53.179°N 2.922°W / 53.179; -2.922

Saltney is a small town on the England–Wales border with the west part lying in Flintshire and the eastern part in Cheshire. It is part of the Deeside conurbation of towns that lie near the River Dee.


Higher Saltney, more commonly known by local people as "Top Saltney" (part of the area known locally as Saltney) is in Chester, Cheshire, and the Welsh sector of the community is known more specifically as Saltney Town.[1] The English-Welsh border runs down the middle of Boundary Lane in Saltney, the only urban street in England and Wales where this happens.[2] This means that houses on the west side of the street are in the Flintshire County Council area and in the North Wales Police jurisdiction, while those on the east side are in the Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority area and in the Cheshire Police jurisdiction.[2] Residents living on the west side fall within the Alyn and Deeside parliamentary constituency and those in the east are recorded in the City of Chester electoral register.


The name is derived from the former salt marshes on which it is built, lying on the River Dee. Once the terminus of Sir John Glynne's Canal, Saltney grew in the late 19th century and through the 20th century to its present population of 4,769 at the 2001 Census.[3] The village had a railway station which was open between 1891 and 1962.


There is a public house called The City Arms in Higher Saltney. Hanging outside was a sign "The Last Pub In England" and on the other side it read "The First Pub In England". This sign was taken down some years ago. Other amenities in Saltney include the Corner Pin public house, a post office, Saltney Business Centre, St David's Retail Park (Farmfoods/Poundstretchers/Ableworld), an Asda supermarket (formerly a Netto store) and a Morrisons supermarket.

Saltney has 3 primary schools, St Anthony's Catholic Primary, Saltney Ferry and Wood Memorial. St David's High School is the local secondary school for students from the surrounding areas.

The Anglican parish church is St Mark's which is in Higher Saltney. On the High Street can be found St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and Saltney Methodist Church.

There is a community centre in the centre of Saltney which is regularly used by children's groups as well as being surrounded by fields where football tournaments are often held (weather permitting). The Community Centre is also home to Saltney Town FC who formed in 2010.

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  1. ^ Lache Park (Ward Profile) (PDF), Chester City Council, retrieved 30 November 2007 
  2. ^ a b The One Show, BBC TV, 6 August 2009
  3. ^ 2001 Census: Saltney, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 30 November 2007 

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