Wimbolds Trafford shown within Cheshire
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Wimbolds Trafford is a hamlet and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. The hamlet lies on the B5132 road, approximately 5 miles (8 km) to the north east of Chester and north of the village of Mickle Trafford. (grid reference SJ44)
Wimbolds Trafford is part of Mickle Trafford & District-Parish Council. The Parish Council meets on the second Monday of each alternate month in the Mickle Trafford Primary School at 7.00pm. Meetings are preceded by 'public participation' when any member of the public is free to raise any issue of concern to them or to the wider community.
Wimbolds Trafford 'Winebald's Trafford (= valley ford)'. Elements and their meanings trog (Old English) A trough, a long narrow vessel; used topographically of a hollow. ford (Old English) A ford. pers.n. (Old English) pers.n. Personal name
Wimbold Trafford in the early 1870s was described as:
- WIMBOLDS-TRAFFORD, a township in Thornton-le-Moors parish, Cheshire; 4¼ miles NE of Chester. Acres, 574. Real property, £1,081. Pop., 113. Houses, 18.
Wimbolds Trafford has had some boundary throughout the years. 1888 March 24 — Gained a detached part of Bridge Trafford (133 acres, pop. 0 in 1891) 1963 April 1 — Gained parts of Picton (2 acres, pop. 0 in 1961) and Wervin (under 1 hectare, pop. 0 in 1961), and lost parts to Picton (under 1 hectare, pop. 0 in 1961) and Wervin (under 1 hectare, pop. 0 in 1961)
Wimbolds Trafford has details recorded about it in the Domesday book. Here is some of the recorded data: Total population: 3 households (very small). Total tax assessed: 1 geld units (very small). Taxable units: Taxable value 1 geld units. Value: Value to lord in 1066 £0.5. Value to lord in 1086 £0.1. Households: 2 smallholders. 1 riders. Ploughland: 1 ploughland (land for). Lords in 1066: Guthlac; Leofric. Lord in 1086: Earl Hugh of Chester. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Earl Hugh of Chester. Phillimore reference: 1,5
Population and employment
The current population as recorded by 2011 census is 212, 109 males and 103 females. The first United Kingdom census in 1881 recorded a population of 97 population dropped to a low of 86 in 1911 and 1921 census, however after that it grew again, jumping from 73 in the 1931 census to 122 in the 1955 census.
This graph shows clearly occupation data for both males and females in 1881. Work in agriculture is the most common occupation for men, while for women the highest occupation is in the domestic service.
According to the most modern census data (2011) 117 of the residents between 16 and 74 are in employment. The most popular avenue of work being Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles. 15.4% of the working residents work in this sector, the next highest was education at 11.1%.
Trafford Hall was built in 1756 although it can't be said what the original use was for. Today the venue is used as a National Communities Resource Centre it is a registered charity offering training and support to all those living and working in low-income areas throughout the United Kingdom to develop their skills, confidence and capacity to tackle problems and reverse poor conditions. With over fifteen years experience of providing training and support to people in low-income communities across the country, Trafford Hall has developed its successful Training First model and provides small, seed funding grants, to enable community groups to have a practical and positive impact on their local community, after they have been to Trafford Hall. All courses are residential and aim to bring people together to share ideas and experiences, learn new skills and increase levels of confidence. The courses, which are designed to meet the needs of a diverse range of families, young people and adults, are regularly evaluated to ensure that they are achieving the charity's aims.
They have 5 training programmes:
1.Tenant Futures 2.Community Futures 3.Family Futures 4.Youth Futures 5.DIY Community Action
Trafford Hall can also be hired out for events and conferences, such as youth events and weddings.
Wimbolds Trafford in the news
Over the summer of 2010 M&S Money sponsored the local charity Clip Clops to help them get ready for their summer activities. Clip Clops is a voluntary group based in Wimbolds Trafford which allows children to form valuable learning relationships with ponies. At the club, children experience close contact with the ponies (all of whom are rescued), learn about their care, build confidence with animals, interact with other children and have lots of fun.
November 11, 2010 six fire engines came to attend Heath Farm on Ince Lane where a fire had broke out shortly after midnight. Firefighters had to deal with 50 mph winds as they tackled a huge barn blaze which destroyed hundreds of tonnes of hay, straw and wood. Crews used a nearby stream to tackle the fire and had to increase the water pressure due to the heavy winds. The blaze destroyed 300 tonnes of hay and straw and 100 tonnes of wood as well as machinery, which included two trailers. However, the crews prevented the fire from spreading to an 8,000 litre diesel tank or propane gas cylinders, and saved 60 tonnes of bagged nitram fertiliser.
In 2008 an issue came up in Wimbolds Trafford where, the Waste Recycling Group submitted a planning application to increase the height of the Gowy landfill site and to extend its life to 2017. However this was meet with opposition from residents and the parish council of Mickle Trafford. It has told Cheshire County Council that if the tip did not already have approval, it would not now be considered for planning permission and should be closed sooner rather than later. The extra height of the site is not compatible with the flat surrounding area and local people resent the fact its life is extended ‘again and again’.“The original planning application some 20 years ago was opposed but residents were defeated in their objections against it and had to accept that the site would be there”, says the parish council. “It is wrong that the life of the site should be extended yet again. Surely 20 years is long enough for one community to have a landfill site on its doorstep.” Councillors argue the landfill is unsightly to residents of Wimbolds Trafford, Bridge Trafford and Picton and virtually all the traffic to and from the tip passes through Mickle Trafford and Bridge Trafford.
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- Norbury, David. "United front to tip out landfill site expansion". Chester Chronicle.
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