Statue of John Middleton in Church End, Hale
Hale shown within Cheshire
|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|
|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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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- Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Northwest England". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
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