Leighton, Cheshire

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Leighton farmland, nr Crewe.jpg
Farmland near Red Hall
Leighton is located in Cheshire
Location within Cheshire
Population4,883 (2011)
OS grid referenceSJ694577
Civil parish
  • Leighton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCREWE
Postcode districtCW1
Dialling code01270
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°06′58″N 2°27′25″W / 53.116°N 2.457°W / 53.116; -2.457Coordinates: 53°06′58″N 2°27′25″W / 53.116°N 2.457°W / 53.116; -2.457

Leighton is a scattered settlement and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England, which lies immediately north west of Crewe. The parish also includes the village of Barrows Green (at SJ687579), which lies on the northern outskirts of Crewe, 1½ miles from the centre.[1] Nearby villages include Bradfield Green and Worleston. The total population of the civil parish was 4,883 at the 2011 Census.[2]


A Roman road runs through the civil parish.[3] A Primitive Methodist chapel was built in Leighton in 1841; it closed in 1899.[1]


Leighton is administered by Minshull Vernon and District Parish Council, jointly with Minshull Vernon and Woolstanwood. Of 22 parish councillors, eleven represent Leighton (eight from Leighton Urban and three from Leighton Rural).[4][5] From 1974 the civil parish was served by Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council, which was succeeded on 1 April 2009 by the unitary authority of Cheshire East.[6] Leighton falls in the parliamentary constituency of Crewe and Nantwich,[7] which has been represented by Kieran Mullan since 2019,[8] after being represented by Laura Smith (2017–19), Edward Timpson (2008–17) and Gwyneth Dunwoody (1983–2008).

Geography and transport[edit]

Much of the area is relatively flat, with an average elevation of around 50 metres. The land slopes downwards in the west to the River Weaver, which forms the western boundary of the civil parish, and in the south to Leighton Brook, which forms part of the southern boundary. The western part of the civil parish is predominantly rural, with the major land use being agricultural; a small area of woodland, Red Hall Wood, is located at SJ667580. Urban development is concentrated around Barrows Green in the south east, adjacent to the town of Crewe.[3][9] A small part of the north-western corner of the parish falls within the Weaver Valley Area of Special County Value.[10]

The A530 runs north–south through the parish and the B5076 runs south-eastwards from Bradfield Green. The Crewe–Chester railway line runs east–west just to the south of the parish and the Crewe–Winsford line runs north–south along its western boundary. The Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal runs to the north. The Crewe and Nantwich Circular Walk runs through the eastern part of the civil parish.[3][9]


According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 4863 in 1666 households.[11] The historical population figures were 200 (1801), 190 (1851), 126 (1901) and 138 (1951).[1]


Leighton Hospital, one of two hospitals in the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust, is located on the A530 (at SJ681579). A large general hospital, it provides accident and emergency services covering a wide area of South Cheshire.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Genuki: Leighton (accessed 14 August 2007)
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Ordnance Survey Explorer 257: Crewe & Nantwich
  4. ^ Cheshire County Council: Parish Council Details: Minshull Vernon and District Parish Council[permanent dead link] (accessed 28 January 2009)
  5. ^ Minshull Vernon & District Parish Council: Parish Councillors[permanent dead link] (accessed 28 January 2009)
  6. ^ Cheshire (Structural Changes) Order 2008 Archived 2009-05-17 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Eddisbury Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine (accessed 28 January 2009)
  8. ^ Crewe & Nantwich Parliamentary constituency, BBC, retrieved 13 January 2020
  9. ^ a b Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Leighton Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine (accessed 28 January 2009)
  10. ^ Cheshire County Council: Interactive Mapping: Areas of Special County Value: Weaver Valley Archived 24 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine (accessed 3 March 2009)
  11. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics: Leighton CP (accessed 28 January 2009)
  12. ^ NHS Choices: Leighton Hospital (accessed 16 August 2007)

External links[edit]

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