Burton, Neston, Cheshire
For the Burton near Tarporley in Cheshire, see Burton, Gowy
St Nicholas' Church, Burton
Burton shown within Cheshire
|Population||1,620 (2001 Census)
(Burton & Ness Ward)
|OS grid reference|
|Unitary authority||Cheshire West and Chester|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||Ellesmere Port and Neston|
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 constituted part of the Burton and Ness Ward of the Borough of Ellesmere Port and Neston, with the ward having a total population of 1,620 in the 2001 Census. It is now in Ledsham and Willaston Ward.
The population was recorded at 288 in 1801, 291 in 1851, 222 in 1901 and 667 in 1951. 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. 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, 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 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.
Burton had an operational railway station, Burton Point, on the Borderlands Line, from 1889 until 1955. Services were to Wrexham and Seacombe. The station being a long walk outside of the village did not promote usage as cars became common in the 1950s. The station is still almost entirely intact with the station buildings currently forming part of a garden centre. The line is proposed to be incorporated into Merseyrail running right into the underground section of Liverpool's city centre. However no plans were forwarded to reopen the station.
- 2001 Census: Burton & Ness, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 11 May 2007
- Ordnance Survey : Election Maps : Cheshire West and Chester Retrieved 2009-11-28
- Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Burton (near Neston), GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 11 May 2007
- History of South Wirral: Burton Village, retrieved 11 May 2006
- Millionaires prefer North West to South, People Not Profit, retrieved 11 May 2006
- That's rich!, Wilmslow Express, 15 January 2001, retrieved 11 May 2006
- "Station Name: BURTON POINT". Disused Stations. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
- Beazeley, F.C. (1908). Notes on the parish of Burton in Wirral. Liverpool: Henry Young & Sons.
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