Weston, Cheshire

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This article is about the village near Crewe. For the village near Runcorn, see Weston, Halton.
White Lion Inn, Weston village

Weston is a village (at SJ730522) and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. The village lies 3 miles to the south east of Crewe. The parish also includes the small settlements of Carters Green, Gorstyhill, Rose Hill, Snape, Stowford and part of Englesea Brook as well as the new settlements of Wychwood Park and Wychwood Village.[1] Nearby villages include Basford, Hough and Shavington.

Current events[edit]

The residents of Wychwood Village and Wychwood Park are currently engaged in a campaign to prevent Haddon Property Developments Ltd from turning the golf course surrounding Wychwood Village into a new housing development site. [2][3][4]

Governance[edit]

The civil parish is administered jointly with the adjacent parish of Basford.[5] The Weston and Basford Parish Council meets monthly and discusses a wide range of community issues.[6] From 1974 the civil parish was served by Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council, which wa succeeded on 1 April 2009 by the new unitary authority of Cheshire East .[7] Weston falls in the parliamentary constituency of Crewe and Nantwich,[8] which has been represented by Edward Timpson since a by-election in 2008.

Geography and transport[edit]

Currently Basford Brook runs north–south at the western edge of the parish, forming the boundary with the adjacent parishes of Basford and Chorlton in some places. Many small meres and ponds are scattered across the farmland. There are several small areas of woodland within the parish, including Meremoor Moss.[9]

The A500 dual carriageway runs east–west through the parish; additionally, the A5020 runs north–south and the A531 runs from the north east to the south west. The Crewe–Alsager railway line also runs east–west towards the north of the parish. The South Cheshire Way passes through the civil parish.[9]

Demography[edit]

According to the 2001 census, the civil parish had a population of 969, in 399 households.[10] The population has almost doubled since 1951; historical population figures are 348 (1801), 514 (1851), 474 (1901) and 544 (1951).[1]

Places of worship[edit]

The Church of All Saints in Weston village was founded in 1838 and became a parish church in 1841; the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on Cemetery Road is also in the village, but has since been converted into residential accommodation.[1] Both are listed at grade II. A cemetery, founded in 1902, is located on Cemetery Road.[1]

Other landmarks[edit]

Stowford and Magnolia Cottages

Weston Hall, off Main Road, is listed at grade II*. The White Lion Inn in Weston village is listed at grade II.

Several buildings in Stowford and on Weston Road are listed at grade II. These include the Weston Road gatelodge to Crewe Hall, Stowford Lodge, The Smithy and Smithy Cottage, Elm, Beech, Walnut and Oak Tree Cottages, Firtree Cottage, and Stowford and Magnolia Cottages.

Education[edit]

Weston Village Primary School serves Weston and parts of the adjacent civil parishes of Basford and Chorlton.[11] The parish falls within the catchment area of Shavington High School in Shavington.[12]

Notable people[edit]

Hugh Bourne (1772–1852), one of the founders of Primitive Methodism, is buried in the graveyard of Englesea Brook Chapel.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Charles E. S. Fairey. The History of Weston (South Cheshire) (2010)

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°03′59″N 2°24′16″W / 53.06635°N 2.40438°W / 53.06635; -2.40438