Shavington cum Gresty

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Shavington cum Gresty is a civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It lies to the south of Crewe. It includes the large village of Shavington (at SJ699518), which lies 2½ miles south of Crewe, as well as the smaller settlements of Dodds Bank, Park Estate, Puseydale, Sugar Loaf and part of Goodall's Corner.[1] Nearby villages include Basford, Hough, Willaston, Wistaston and Wybunbury. The total population of the civil parish is a little under 5,000.

History[edit]

Shavington appears in the Domesday survey as Santune; it was then held by William Malbank, who held much of the land in the Nantwich hundred.[2] In the 19th century, Shavington had four Nonconformist chapels, only one of which remains as a place of worship.[1]

The village was first victim of air raid damage in Cheshire in World War II when on 19 July 1940 six high explosive bombs fell, breaking windows over a mile radius and damaging the road, but no casualties were caused.[3]

Governance[edit]

Shavington cum Gresty is administered by Shavington Cum Gresty Parish Council.[4] 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.[5] Shavington cum Gresty falls in the parliamentary constituency of Crewe and Nantwich,[6] which has been represented by Edward Timpson since a by-election in 2008.

Farmland south of Crewe

Geography and transport[edit]

The civil parish has a total area of 950 acres (380 ha).[7] The terrain is relatively flat, with an average elevation of around 200 feet. Urban development has taken place at Shavington village, as well as the area immediately south of Crewe and along the B5071. Much of the remainder of the civil parish is rural, with the major land use being agricultural. Swill Brook and other unnamed brooks run through the area, and there are several small meres and ponds.[8][9]

The Welsh Marches railway line, the A500 trunk road and Newcastle Road (the former route of the A500) all run east–west through the civil parish; the A500 has a junction at SJ707527. The B5071 (Crewe Road) runs north–south from Crewe to Wybunbury. A network of lanes connect the B5071 with adjacent villages; these include Gresty Lane, which runs westwards to Rope and Willaston; and Weston Lane, which runs eastwards to Basford and Weston.[8][9]

Demography[edit]

In 2006, the total population of the civil parish was estimated as 4,830.[7] The 2001 census recorded a population of 4,849 in 1,954 households.[10] Historical population figures were 189 (1801), 453 (1851), 1,149 (1901) and 1,850 (1951).[1]

Cheshire Cheese public house

Landmarks[edit]

See also Listed buildings in Shavington cum Gresty

Shavington Hall is a small country house, built in 1877 for the Earl of Shrewsbury in a Tudor Revival style; it is listed at grade II.[11]

Shavington Lodge is a grade-II-listed, red-brick farmhouse, dating from the early 19th century.[12]

St John's Methodist Chapel is on Main Road in Shavington (SJ700517); it was founded in 1876 as a Wesleyan Methodist chapel.[1][13] Facilities within the civil parish include a post office in Shavington and three public houses: the Elephant, at the south-western edge of Shavington village, the Vine, on Rope Lane, and the Cheshire Cheese, at the junction of the B5071 and Gresty Lane just south of Crewe.[14][15][16]

Education[edit]

Shavington Primary School is on South Bank Avenue in Shavington (SJ701519).[17] It serves the majority of the civil parish of Shavington cum Gresty, as well as Hough and parts of Basford, Chorlton, Rope and Wybunbury. Parts of Shavington cum Gresty parish fall within the catchment areas of the Berkeley Primary School in Wistaston and Wybunbury Delves Church of England Primary School in Wybunbury.[18]

The parish falls within the catchment area of Shavington High School in Rope.[19]

Notable people[edit]

  • The French poet Alfred de Vigny wrote his poem La Colère de Samson (Samson's Anger) while he was in Shavington, April 7, 1839.
  • Eric Hall (born 24 February 1954) lived in Vine Tree Avenue until 1970. Now living in Virlet, France, he is the writer, producer and presenter of "Radio Anglais" - the French Government's English-language public information service broadcasts on French local radio.
  • George Saul Mottershead OBE (12 June 1894 – 5 May 1978) ran a Market Garden in the village in the 1920s. In 1930 he and his family moved to Oakfield Grange at Upton by Chester where they founded the now famous Chester Zoo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Genuki: Shavington cum Gresty (accessed 14 August 2007)
  2. ^ The Domesday Book Online: Cheshire L–Z (accessed 29 January 2009)
  3. ^ Discovering Wartime Pressure 1939-1945. Cheshire County Council Countryside and Recreation. 1985. p. 49. ISBN 0-906759-20-X. 
  4. ^ Cheshire County Council: Parish Council Details: Shavington Cum Gresty Parish Council (accessed 29 January 2009)
  5. ^ Cheshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008
  6. ^ Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Crewe and Nantwich (accessed 27 January 2009)
  7. ^ a b Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council: Parish Statistics (downloaded from [1]; 5 April 2010)
  8. ^ a b Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Shavington cum Gresty (accessed 29 January 2009)
  9. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Explorer Map 257: Crewe & Nantwich
  10. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics: Shavington cum Gresty CP (accessed 29 January 2009)
  11. ^ Images of England: Shavington Hall (accessed 29 January 2009)
  12. ^ Images of England: Shavington Lodge (accessed 29 January 2009)
  13. ^ [Crewe Methodist Church Circuit: St John's]
  14. ^ Geograph: The Elephant, Shavington (accessed 14 August 2007)
  15. ^ The Vine @ Shavington: Home (accessed 13 July 2010)
  16. ^ Geograph: Cheshire Cheese, Gresty, Shavington (accessed 29 January 2009)
  17. ^ Cheshire County Council: My School: Shavington Primary School (accessed 29 January 2009)
  18. ^ Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Shavington Primary School (accessed 29 January 2009)
  19. ^ Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Shavington High School (accessed 29 January 2009)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°3.5′N 2°27′W / 53.0583°N 2.450°W / 53.0583; -2.450