Shotton, Flintshire

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Shotton
Shotton Flintshire Main Road.jpg
A view from the railway bridge, showing Chester Road
Shotton is located in Flintshire
Shotton
Shotton
Shotton shown within Flintshire
Population 16,775 
(2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ305685
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DEESIDE
Postcode district CH5
Dialling code 01244
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
UK
Wales
Flintshire
53°12′32″N 3°02′31″W / 53.209°N 3.042°W / 53.209; -3.042Coordinates: 53°12′32″N 3°02′31″W / 53.209°N 3.042°W / 53.209; -3.042

Shotton is a town in Flintshire, Wales, lying within the Deeside conurbation along the River Dee, adjoining Connah's Quay, near the border with England. It is located 5 miles (8 km) west of Chester and can be reached by road from the A548. The name probably derives from Anglo-Saxon Scēot-tūn = "farmstead on or near a steep slope". At the 2011 Census Shotton had a population of 16,775.[1][2]

History[edit]

Founded by Anglo-Saxons,[3] the town grew from the eighteenth century around coal mining and farming on reclaimed marshland. , and Shotton also became a railway junction.[4]

The town lies under the Hawarden Bridge, which was completed in 1889 as a swing-opening bridge.

Education[edit]

Shotton is served by the following schools:

  • John Summers High School (formerly Deeside High School).
  • Taliesin Junior School, built 1972, an English medium school in the town. In 2003 it had 182 pupils. It is named after the 6th century Welsh bard Taliesin.

Media[edit]

Deeside is served by a citizen led hyperlocal news website deeside.com[5] which is a collaborative community resource set up 2013.

Transportation[edit]

Transport links include Shotton railway station, situated on the Borderlands Line and the North Wales Coast Line.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2001 Census: Shotton, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 1 January 2009 
  2. ^ https://www.citypopulation.de/php/uk-wales.php?cityid=W38000019
  3. ^ Atlkinson, Keith, Shotton From Saxon Times, retrieved 20 August 2009 
  4. ^ Atlkinson, Keith, John Summers & Sons, retrieved 20 August 2009 
  5. ^ "News Views and Info from Deeside - North Wales". deeside.com. 

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