Willington, Cheshire

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Willington Hall
Willington is located in Cheshire
Location within Cheshire
Population277 (2011 census)
Civil parish
  • Willington
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCW6
Dialling code01829
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°11′36″N 2°40′54″W / 53.193333°N 2.681667°W / 53.193333; -2.681667Coordinates: 53°11′36″N 2°40′54″W / 53.193333°N 2.681667°W / 53.193333; -2.681667

Willington is a village and civil parish 9 miles (14 km) from Chester in Cheshire, England. At the 2011 census, the population was 277.[1][2][3][a]

The village contains a public house (The Boot), farm shop and hotel (Willington Hall).[4]


The placename means "village of a woman called Winflǣd", from the Old English personal name Winflǣd, and the suffix tun for farm or village. The name was recorded in the Domesday Book as Winfletone,[5] (under the ownership of Walter de Vernon and consisting of only two households),[6] and then as Wynlaton in the 12th century.[7]

Willington was previously an extra-parochial area in Eddisbury Hundred, which became a civil parish in 1866. From 1894 the civil parish was within Tarvin Rural District, transferring to the Chester district in 1974.[8]


The Boot Inn occupies a row of red-brick and sandstone cottages that were built in 1815. Behind the pub is Boothsdale, also known as 'Little Switzerland', accessible by a well-used footpath.

Willington Hall was built in 1829 and designed by the Nantwich architect George Latham.[4] It is a designated Grade II listed building.[9]

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The geographic coordinates are from the Ordnance Survey.
  1. ^ the ONS/NOMIS website shows the 2011 population divided between Delamere and Duddon civil parishes.


  1. ^ "Willington (Parish in North West England)". City Population. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  2. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Delamere Parish (E04011086)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  3. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Duddon Parish (E04011089)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  4. ^ a b "About Willington Hall". Willington Hall Hotel website. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Cheshire A-K: Willington". Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  6. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna. "Willington". Open Domesday/University of Hull. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  7. ^ Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. p. 520. ISBN 0198691033.
  8. ^ "Willington". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Willington Hall (1137030)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 March 2021.

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