Shotton, Flintshire

Shotton, Flintshire

infobox UK place
country= Wales
latitude= 53.20900
longitude= -3.04208
official_name= Shotton
population= c. 9,000
unitary_wales= Flintshire
lieutenancy_wales= Clwyd
constituency_westminster= Alyn and Deeside
post_town= DEESIDE
postcode_district= CH5
postcode_area= CH
dial_code= 01244
os_grid_reference= SJ305685
OldMapsYear= 1882
OldMapsEasting= 330500
OldMapsNorthing= 368500
OldMapsCounty= 10flint471

Shotton is a town in Flintshire, north Wales, lying on the River Dee. It is continuous with the towns of Connah's Quay and Queensferry in what is called Deeside. It has a population of around 9,000 people.

Originally founded by Anglo-Saxons, 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 and Sons, a Stalybridge ironworks company. 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.

ee also

*Shotton railway station
*John Summers High School

External links

* [ History of Shotton]
* [ BBC Wales: Connah's Quay, Shotton & Queensferry website]
* [ Shotton Steel RFC]

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