- Hooton, Cheshire
infobox UK place
Ellesmere Port and Neston
region= North West England
constituency_westminster= Ellesmere Port and Neston
post_town= ELLESMERE PORT
os_grid_reference= SJ363784 Hooton is a village in
Cheshire, Englandin the south of the Wirral Peninsulanear Ellesmere Port. It is part of the district of Ellesmere Port and Neston.
The village is mentioned in the
Domesday Book. Sir William Stanley obtained a licence to crenellate in 1487 but built a half timberedmanor house which survived until 1788 when it was demolished. The old house was replaced by a mansion called "Hooton Hall", built from local stone from the quarries at Storeton. Hooton Hall was designed by the architect Samuel Wyattin the Italian Palladianstyle for the fifth Baronet, Sir William Stanley. The family sold the estate in the nineteenth century after Sir Massey Stanley had gone bankrupt due to his high living. It was used during the First World Waras a military hospital, but was demolished in 1935. In 1917 Hooton Parkairfield was built to train pilots from Canadaand the United States. The Second World Warsaw the airfield utilised as a military base, and three RAF auxiliary squadrons were based there until disbandment in 1957. Much of the airfield (including the site of the Hall) was transformed in 1962 into a factory for Vauxhall Motors. The Hooton Park Trust was formed in 2000 with the aim of restoring the remaining Grade II* listed hangars, but with little success to date.
Until 1933, Hooton was part of the parish of Eastham in the
Wirral Hundred. The population was 91 in 1801, 110 in 1851 and 200 in 1901. [citeweb|url=http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/chs/hooton.html|work=GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy|title=Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Hooton|accessdate=9 June|accessyear=2008]
Hooton railway stationlies on the Wirral Lineof the Merseyrailnetwork with frequent electric trains to Liverpool, and is also near the junction of the branches to Chesterand Ellesmere Port.
Hooton is near the
M53 motorwayand the A41 trunk road, between Birkenheadand Chester, passes through the area.
* [http://www.multimap.com/map/photo.cgi?X=337500&Y=378600&scale=10000 Aerial photo with site of Hooton Hall in the centre]
* [http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=336500&y=378500&z=3&sv=336500,378500&st=4&ar=N&dn=832 Map of the area]
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