Burton (near Neston)

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St Nicholas's Church, Burton-in-Wirral - geograph.org.uk - 1495720.jpg
St Nicholas' Church, Burton
Burton is located in Cheshire
Location within Cheshire
Population715 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ316741
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNESTON
Postcode districtCH64
Dialling code0151
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°15′36″N 3°01′30″W / 53.260°N 3.025°W / 53.260; -3.025Coordinates: 53°15′36″N 3°01′30″W / 53.260°N 3.025°W / 53.260; -3.025

Burton is a village on the Wirral Peninsula, in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is situated approximately 4.9 km (3.0 mi) to the south of the town of Neston.

At the 2001 Census, the settlement constituted part of the Burton and Ness Ward of the Borough of Ellesmere Port and Neston. The population of the village was 715[1] with the ward having a total population of 1,620.[2] As of 2021 Burton is part of Willaston and Thornton Ward.[3][4]


The village population was recorded at 288 in 1801, 291 in 1851, 222 in 1901 and 667 in 1951.[1] The Cheshire and Chester Record Office has records of baptisms, marriages and burials at the parish church, St Nicholas', dating from 1538.


Burton was first documented in the Domesday Book and historically was on the route which travellers would take from London to Birkenhead.[5] Owing to its location on trade routes, it is thought to have developed at a faster rate than neighbouring communities. Indeed, during the fourteenth century trade and travel allowed Burton to flourish, standing as it did near the site of embarcation for the ferry to North Wales and on the main route to the city of Chester. However, the build up of silt in the River Dee led to a decrease in shipping trade,[5] and Burton's prosperity took a downturn when the river course was diverted in the eighteenth century.


In recent years Burton has become a quiet 'picture postcard' village[citation needed] much sought after on the property market. In 2001 the village of Burton was ranked eighth overall in a UK market research survey of so-called 'super rich' communities by Philip Beresford of the Sunday Times Rich List, with millionaires making up 16% of the population in its postal district.[6][7]


The village is the location of Burton Manor, formerly a residential adult education college operated by Liverpool City Council. Just to the south of Burton is the RSPB's Burton Mere Wetlands reserve.

Burton had an operational railway station, Burton Point, on the Borderlands Line, from 1889 until 1955. Services were to Wrexham and Seacombe. The station's position, some distance from village, led to a decline in usage as cars became common in the 1950s. The site is still almost entirely intact, the station buildings currently forming part of a garden centre.[8] The line is proposed to be incorporated into Merseyrail, running right into the underground section of Liverpool's city centre, but there are no plans to reopen Burton station.


Public buses serving Burton from 2017:

Number Route Operator Days of operation
274 Neston High School – Ellesmere Port Aintree Coachlines One journey this direction only (Monday to Friday: schooldays only)
W1 Willaston – Caldy Grammar School/West Kirby Grammar School Happy Al's One journey each way (Monday to Friday: schooldays only)

Notable people[edit]

Burton is the birthplace of Bishop Thomas Wilson (1663–1755), Bishop of Sodor and Man. The popular BBC radio broadcaster John Peel grew up in the village, having been born in Heswall.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Burton (near Neston)". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  2. ^ "2001 Census: Burton & Ness". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 May 2007.
  3. ^ "Ward Profile report: Willaston and Thornton Ward". Cheshire West and Chester Council. 2019. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Election Maps : Cheshire West and Chester". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b "History of South Wirral: Burton Village". Archived from the original on 9 May 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2006.
  6. ^ "Millionaires prefer North West to South". People Not Profit. Archived from the original on 30 June 2006. Retrieved 11 May 2006.
  7. ^ "That's rich!". Macclesfield Express. 15 January 2001. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Station Name: BURTON POINT". Disused Stations. Retrieved 9 June 2013.

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