Statue of John Middleton in Church End, Hale
|Population||1,898 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
Hale Head Lighthouse in 2007
|Year first constructed||1838 (first)|
|Year first lit||1906 (current)|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keeper's house|
|Markings / pattern||white tower and lantern|
|Tower height||17.5 metres (57 ft)|
|Focal height||21.3 metres (70 ft)|
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. 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.
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.
Hale Head Lighthouse
Hale Head used to be 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 A lighthouse was established here in 1838; the original octagonal structure was superseded by a taller cylindrical tower in 1906.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. The former optic is now in Merseyside Maritime Museum.
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