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Shotton, Flintshire

Shotton

Picture from Train Bridge showing Chester Road.
Shotton is located in Flintshire
Shotton
 Shotton shown within Flintshire
Population 6,663 
(2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference
Principal area Flintshire
Ceremonial county Clwyd
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 Alyn and Deeside
Welsh Assembly Alyn and Deeside
List of places
UK
Wales
Flintshire

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.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Education 2
  • Media 3
  • Transportation 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

Originally founded by Anglo-Saxons,[2] 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.[3] It was later bought by the government under British Steel. It was privatised and acquired by Corus Group, which still maintains operations.

The town lies under the Hawarden Bridge, completed in 1889 and originally a swing-opening bridge.

Education

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

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

Transportation

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

See also

References

  1. ^ a b 2001 Census: Shotton, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 1 January 2009 
  2. ^ Atlkinson, Keith, Shotton From Saxon Times, retrieved 20 August 2009 
  3. ^ Atlkinson, Keith, John Summers & Sons, retrieved 20 August 2009 

External links

  • History of Shotton
  • Shotton Steel RFC
  • Photos of Shotton and surrounding area on geograph.org.uk
  • Taliesin Junior School inspection, 2003 Estyn inspection report (PDF format)
  • Deeside.com Hyperlocal News Website
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