Whitegate, Cheshire

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For the towns in Ireland see, Whitegate, County Clare or Whitegate, County Cork.
Whitegate is located in Cheshire
Whitegate shown within Cheshire
Population 971 
OS grid reference SJ629693
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WINSFORD
Postcode district CW8
Dialling code 01606
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
53°13′12″N 2°33′25″W / 53.219988°N 2.556943°W / 53.219988; -2.556943Coordinates: 53°13′12″N 2°33′25″W / 53.219988°N 2.556943°W / 53.219988; -2.556943

Whitegate is a small village in Cheshire, England, located near the towns of Northwich and Winsford. It is situated in the civil parish of Whitegate and Marton, in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester.

At its centre is an ancient Anglican church. Nearby Vale Royal Abbey was once the largest Cistercian abbey church in Britain[citation needed]

The Railway[edit]

Whitegate was once connected to the national rail network, although the station was some distance from the village centre.

The railway branched from the Chester to Manchester (via Northwich) line near Cuddington, with a single stop at Whitegate and terminated at Winsford and Over.

The line was principally used for freight to and from the numerous salt works in the Winsford area. Passenger services had a somewhat chequered history, being twice suspended for a number of years during the nineteenth century. After being restored in 1892, following a four-year break, passenger services continued until January 1931 when they were withdrawn for the final time. Whitegate station closed in to all traffic in November 1963, and the whole line in February 1968.[1]

Whitegate Way[edit]

By the 1970s the course of the disused railway had been turned into a footpath and bridle way. It is now open from close to the original junction near Cuddington to the site of the Winsford and Over terminus near the River Weaver.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Station Name: Whitegate". Disused Stations: Closed Stations in the UK. Subterranea Britannica. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 

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