Hale, Halton

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Hale Childe 1.jpg
Statue of John Middleton in Church End, Hale
Hale is located in Cheshire
Location within Cheshire
Population1,898 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ468824
Civil parish
  • Hale
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtL24
Dialling code0151
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
53°20′12″N 2°48′00″W / 53.33673°N 2.80007°W / 53.33673; -2.80007Coordinates: 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
Coordinates53°19′21″N 2°47′39″W / 53.322440°N 2.794197°W / 53.322440; -2.794197
Year first constructed1838 (first)
Year first lit1906 (current)
Constructionbrick tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keeper's house
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern
Tower height17.5 metres (57 ft)
Focal height21.3 metres (70 ft)
ARLHS numberENG-187
Managing agentprivate[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.

Historically part of Lancashire, until 1 April 1974 the area formed part of the Whiston Rural District.

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]

Hale Head Lighthouse[edit]

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 A lighthouse was established here in 1838; the original octagonal structure was superseded by a taller cylindrical tower in 1906.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.[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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