Saughall

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This article is about the village of Saughall. See also Saughall Massie for the village on the Wirral Peninsula.

Coordinates: 53°13′24″N 2°57′33″W / 53.2234°N 2.9593°W / 53.2234; -2.9593

Saughall
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All Saints Church
Saughall is located in Cheshire
Saughall
Saughall
 Saughall shown within Cheshire
Population 3,084 (2001)
OS grid reference SJ360700
Civil parish Saughall
Unitary authority Cheshire West and Chester
Ceremonial county Cheshire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHESTER
Postcode district CH1
Dialling code 01244
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament City of Chester
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Saughall is a civil parish and village in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is situated approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north west of Chester and close to the Welsh border.[1]

At the 2001 census, there were 3,084 residents in the village[2] and a total of 3,585 people living in the ward of Saughall, with 48.5% male and 51.5% female.[3]

History[edit]

The Domesday Book of 1086 mentions the village as Salhale,[4] with a total population of about 85.[5]

The village previously consisted of two townships in the parish of Shotwick, Wirral Hundred. Great Saughall had a population of 147 in 1801, 493 in 1851 and 703 in 1901.[6] Little Saughall had a population of 48 in 1801, 69 in 1851 and 137 in 1901.[7] The present civil parish was created in 1948 by uniting both settlements. In 1951, the population of Saughall was 1,518.[8]

Saughall was a fishing village until cut off from the sea by land reclamation in the Dee estuary: see Sealand, Flintshire.[9]

Community[edit]

The village had two local schools: The Ridings Community Infant School and Thomas Wedge Church of England Junior School. The latter, originally known as Great Saughall School, was built and endowed by Thomas Wedge of Sealand, Flintshire, at his own expense in 1852 as a gift to the people of Saughall and Sealand. In late 2006 Cheshire County Council agreed to embark on a process which would ultimately lead to the merger of the two schools. In March 2008 the plans were submitted and include building an entirely new united primary school on the school field behind the current Thomas Wedge building. This was completed in 2010, the old schools have been demolished and replaced with Saughall All Saints primary School.

Saughall Windmill is more commonly known as Gibbet Mill and is now a private residence. Situated some distance outside the village, this name is likely derived from some time during the eighteenth century. It was the location of the murder of a farm labourer by two fellow workers after a disagreement over earnings near the mill. After their trial and execution, their bodies were hung in chains, or "gibbeted" from a nearby ash tree, as a warning to other criminals.[9][10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Map
  2. ^ "2001 Census: Saughall (Civil Parish)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2007-11-18. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Ward Profile". City of Chester website. Retrieved 2007-02-06. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Cheshire (L-Z)". Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  5. ^ "History of the parish". Saughall & Shotwick Parish Council. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  6. ^ "Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Great Saughall". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  7. ^ "Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Little Saughall". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  8. ^ "Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Saughall". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  9. ^ a b http://www.saughall.gov.uk/?page_id=821
  10. ^ "The Mills of Wirral". Cheshire Magazine. C.C. Publishing. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 

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