Norton, Runcorn

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Norton is an area in the eastern part of the town of Runcorn, Cheshire, England. It was originally a separate community some 3 miles (5 km) to the east of Runcorn, but in the 1970s and 1980s became absorbed within Runcorn by the expansion of its new town.

History[edit]

In the Domesday Book, Norton (spelt as Nortune) was held as two manors.[1] The major event in the early history of the settlement came in 1134 when William fitz William, the third Baron of Halton, moved a community of canons from a site near Runcorn Gap to a site near the village to found Norton Priory.[2] In 1888–92 Norton Water Tower was built to the south of the village as a balancing reservoir on the water pipeline between Lake Vyrnwy in North Wales and Liverpool.[3] Norton remained a small community until the growth of the new town.[4]

Present day[edit]

The area is currently residential and is divided into two electoral wards.[5] Norton North has a population of 6,494,[6] and Norton South of 7,227.[7]

Coordinates: 53°19′59″N 2°40′05″W / 53.333°N 2.668°W / 53.333; -2.668

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Starkey 1990, p. 7.
  2. ^ Starkey 1990, p. 9.
  3. ^ Starkey 1990, p. 162.
  4. ^ Starkey 1990, p. 222.
  5. ^ Wards, Halton Borough Council, retrieved 10 June 2010 
  6. ^ Norton North ward profile, Halton Borough Council, retrieved 10 June 2010 
  7. ^ Norton North ward profile, Halton Borough Council, retrieved 10 June 2010 
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