Hoole

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Hoole
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All Saints' Church, Hoole
Hoole is located in Cheshire
Hoole
Hoole
Hoole shown within Cheshire
Population 9,359 (2011)
OS grid reference SJ425671
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHESTER
Postcode district CH2
Dialling code 01244
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Cheshire
53°11′49″N 2°51′43″W / 53.197°N 2.862°W / 53.197; -2.862Coordinates: 53°11′49″N 2°51′43″W / 53.197°N 2.862°W / 53.197; -2.862

Hoole is a suburb in the east of Chester, in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England.

The population of this Chester Ward taken at the 2011 census was 9,359.[1]

History[edit]

The settlement was first mentioned in the Register of the Abbey of Saint Werburgh in 1119. The name is believed to mean "at the hollows" (or hole), possibly referring to the "hollow way" formed by a Roman roadway.[2]

Hoole was a separate urban district in Cheshire until 1954 when it was made part of the County Borough of Chester.

Description[edit]

Hoole is a residential area, contiguous with Newton to the north, and consisting of mainly Victorian terraced houses and 1930s semi-detached houses. Due to the proximity of the area to Chester city centre, Chester railway station and the M53 motorway, the area is home to many hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments.

The main shopping streets are Faulkner Street and Charles Street, Hoole has a branch of Barclays bank with cash machine facilities. Open spaces in Hoole include Alexandra Park which provides tennis courts, bowling greens and a children's play area and the Coronation Playing Fields.[2][3] A large area of allotments is accessible from both Canadian Avenue and Hoole Lane.

On 17 July 2009 sixteen flats on Hoole Lane were destroyed following an explosion on the first floor. More than thirty firefighters tackled the resulting fire at the two-storey building in Wharton Court.[4]

Places of worship[edit]

There are four churches in Hoole:[5] Anglican,[6] Baptist,[7] Methodist and United Reformed. These churches work together to host Hoole's largest free annual event 'Funday on a Sunday', which attracted more than 6,000 people in July 2006.[8] This event was held in previous years in Alexandra Park, but in 2006 moved to the nearby, larger, Coronation Playing Fields. The Funday event was held on the Coronation Playing Fields again in 2007 and 2008, by which time it had become part of the Chester-wide Chesterfest organised by churches in Chester.

Events[edit]

The annual Hoole Christmas Lights switch attracts crowds of thousands to Faulkner Street to watch the Christmas lights being switched on by a local celebrity.

Doubletree by Hilton Chester (formerly Hoole Hall Hotel)[edit]

Hoole is home to the Doubletree by Hilton Chester hotel and country club. Formerly known as Hoole Hall Hotel it was taken over and by Hilton Hotels and features a Marco Pierre White restaurant.

Sticky Walnut restaurant[edit]

The critically acclaimed Sticky Walnut restaurant is located on Charles Street. In 2014 it was named UK Restaurant of the Year at the AA Hospitality Awards. [9][10]

Famous residents[edit]

RAF pilot and charity founder Leonard Cheshire was born (on 7 September 1917) at 65 Hoole Road, which is now a guest house.[11]

Russ Abbot (born Russell Allan Roberts on 18 September 1947), is the lead singer of the Black Abbots and later become a solo comedian.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Ward profile: Hoole All Saints, Chester City Council, archived from the original on 25 May 2008, retrieved 26 April 2008 
  3. ^ Ward profile: Hoole Groves, Chester City Council, archived from the original on 24 March 2008, retrieved 26 April 2008 
  4. ^ Flats destroyed after huge blast, BBC News, 17 July 2009, retrieved 20 July 2009 
  5. ^ Churches And Places Of Worship, Hoole Online, retrieved 1 March 2007 
  6. ^ All Saints Church, Hoole, retrieved 1 March 2007 
  7. ^ Hoole Baptist Church Home Page, retrieved 1 March 2007 
  8. ^ Be the Light newsletter (Issue 12, Christmas 2006) (PDF), The Light Project, archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2007, retrieved 1 March 2007 
  9. ^ Chester Chronicle website, retrieved 18 May 2015 
  10. ^ Guardian review website, retrieved 18 May 2015 
  11. ^ Ba Ba Guest House Website, retrieved 16 July 2010 

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