Hale, Halton

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Hale Childe 1.jpg
Statue of John Middleton in Church End, Hale
Hale is located in Cheshire
 Hale shown within Cheshire
Population 1,898 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ468824
Civil parish Hale
Unitary authority Halton
Ceremonial county Cheshire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district L24
Dialling code 0151
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Halton
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Coordinates: 53°20′12″N 2°48′00″W / 53.33673°N 2.80007°W / 53.33673; -2.80007

Hale Head Lighthouse
Lighthouse at Hale Head - geograph.org.uk - 508931.jpg
Hale Head Lighthouse in 2007
Location Hale
Coordinates 53°19′21″N 2°47′39″W / 53.322440°N 2.794197°W / 53.322440; -2.794197
Year first constructed 1838 (first)
Year first lit 1906 (current)
Deactivated 1958
Construction brick tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keeper’s house
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern
Height 17.5 metres (57 ft)
Focal height 21.3 metres (70 ft)
ARLHS number ENG-187
Managing agent private[2]

Hale is a village and civil parish in the Halton unitary authority of Cheshire, England. According to the 2001 Census it had a population of 1,898.[1] The village is north of the River Mersey, and just to the east of the boundary with Merseyside. It is 2½ miles east of Speke in Liverpool, and 4 miles south-west of Widnes. The nearby village of Halebank is to the north-east.

The entire area was historically in Lancashire. Before 1 April 1974 it formed part of the Whiston Rural District in Lancashire. The area still however has a Liverpool postcode "L24"

In spite of being close to the City of Liverpool, the village’s tranquil and quiet atmosphere still survives today. The many whitewashed cottages, with country gardens, set against a background of mature trees, present an attractive picture in the spring and summer.

The visitor will quickly appreciate why Hale has several times won ‘Best - Kept Village’ awards in the late 1960s and more recently several "Community Pride" and "Little Gem Awards" for several locations in the village. Situated on Grade One agricultural land, Hale s surrounded by several farms and rolling countryside.

Since the late 1960s−1980s and more recently, over six modern-day housing developments have been built on farmland and other sites in and around the centre of the village, which have increased the population of the village by about 100 to nearly 2000 residents. The new modern-day developments include:

  • The Curlender-Hale Park Estate-Vicarage Close
  • The Wimpy Estate/Part Cocklade Lane
  • Holly Close-Poco Houses/Part Cocklade Lane
  • Pheasant Field Estate
  • Ellwood Close Development
  • Church End Mews

Other new developments during the same period include a new village school called, Hale C of E Primary and village shopping precinct called Ivy Farm Court. A Police House was built to accommodate a village Constable. During the 1980s Cheshire Constabulary withdrew the Constable and the house was sold on the open market.

Notable people[edit]

John Middleton (1578–1623), the Childe of Hale, was reputed to be nine feet, three inches tall, or 2.8 m. His cottage and grave are located in the village. Just outside St Mary's Church was a wooden carving of the Childe Of Hale which is said to have been life sized. It was replaced in 2013 by a bronze statue 3 metres tall by local sculptor, Diane Gorvin.[3]

Audrey Withers (1905–2001), editor of Vogue between 1940 and 1960, was born in Hale, where her father was a local doctor.[4]

Jack Dennis (1996-2014) of Town Lane, he is the village cyclist. He has represented SKY cycling team at youth level winning the Youth Tour of Devon which was and amazing part of his career he has also represented Halton in other cycling competitions.

David Powell of Bandon Close is a well respected business owner and runs a successful billiard pool crafting company David Powell and Sons ltd. He is also known for his charitable donations to the Hale Village hall and was responsible for the installation of new heaters before the cold winter season. As of 2015 David has expanded his business to include vendors in the Netherlands which include the capital of Amsterdam which has increased his companies reputation further.

Hale Head Lighthouse[edit]

Hale Head is the southernmost point in Lancashire. A lighthouse was established here in 1838; the original octagonal structure was superseded by a taller cylindrical tower in 1906. The light was discontinued in 1958, but the building remains in use as a private residence.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: Hale". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 June 2008. 
  2. ^ Hale Head The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved May 1st, 2016
  3. ^ BBC News: A tall tale: The Childe of Hale remembered (accessed 12 April 2013)
  4. ^ Drusilla Beyfus, 'Withers [married names Stewart, Kennett], (Elizabeth) Audrey (1905–2001), magazine editor' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2005)
  5. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Northwest England". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

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