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Shotton is a town and community 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 6,663.
Founded by Anglo-Saxons, the town grew from the eighteenth century around coal mining and farming on reclaimed marshland. Shotton also became a railway junction. Although known as Shotton Steelworks, the majority of the neighbouring large plant owned by Tata Steel lies in Connah's Quay.
The town lies under the Hawarden Bridge, which was completed in 1889 as 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.
- 2001 Census: Shotton, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 1 January 2009
- Atlkinson, Keith, Shotton From Saxon Times, retrieved 20 August 2009
- Atlkinson, Keith, John Summers & Sons, retrieved 20 August 2009
- "News Views and Info from Deeside - North Wales". deeside.com.
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