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A view from the railway bridge, showing Chester Road
Shotton shown within Flintshire
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Shotton is a town in Flintshire lying within the Deeside conurbation along the River Dee, adjoining Connah's Quay, near the border with England. It is located 5 miles 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 6,663.
Originally founded by Anglo-Saxons, the town grew from the eighteenth century around coal mining and farming on reclaimed marshland. Steel works later grew up, and Shotton also became a railway junction.
The steel works was originally owned by John Summers & Sons, a Stalybridge ironworks company. It was later nationalised into the British Steel Corporation. It was privatised and became part of Corus Group. It is now part of the Tata Group.
The town lies under the Hawarden Bridge, completed in 1889 and originally a swing-opening bridge.
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.
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