infobox UK place
country= England
latitude= 53.430153
longitude= -2.661355
official_name= Burtonwood
civil_parish= Burtonwood and Westbrook
map_type= Cheshire
population= 11,265
unitary_england= Warrington
lieutenancy_england= Cheshire
region= North West England
constituency_westminster= Warrington North
post_town= WARRINGTON
postcode_district= WA5
postcode_area= WA
dial_code= 01925
os_grid_reference= SJ561928

Burtonwood is a village and civil parish (known as Burtonwood and Westbrook) in the outermost suburbs of Warrington in Cheshire, England. The name Burtonwood is known worldwide as the location of the former RAF Burtonwood military base. Burtonwood Village itself is a few miles away from the site of the former base. The civil parish also includes Westbrook, which is a council ward and suburb of Warrington. According to the 2001 census, the population of the entire civil parish was 11,265.citeweb|url=http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=790886&c=Burtonwood&d=16&e=15&g=388128&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779|title=Official 2001 Census Figures for Burtonwood and Westbrook|work=Office for National Statistics Retrieval Date: 8 September, 2007.]


Burtonwood was a Chapelry in the Ancient Parish of Warrington, in the West Derby Hundred of Lancashire. It was later created a civil parish and was part of the Warrington Poor Law Union and then the Warrington Rural District. In 1974 it became part of Warrington District and is now part of the Warrington Unitary Authority. It is still a civil parish (now named Burtonwood and Westbrook) and thus has its own Parish Council. Burtonwood's population rose from 990 in 1861 to 2,408 in 1911 as the mining and brewing industries grew. The parish population leaped to 8,238 in 1951 due to Air Base personnel but dropped to 4,899 in 1971, before rising to 11,265 today as a result of housing development on the old air base site.
RAF Burtonwood was mainly used by the United States Air Force between 1942 and closure of the main airfield in 1958 and was the biggest US airbase in Europe.Fact|date=December 2007


The village is known for its brewery, which brews the Burtonwood ales. Burtonwood has five public houses, The Elm Tree, The Bridge Inn, The Chapel House,The Pear Tree and the Fiddle Ith Bag inn, three social clubs and three churches, St. Michaels, St. Pauls and The Methodist Church. There are two recreational parks and two primary schools, Burtonwood Community Primary School and St. Paul of the Cross Primary School. The village does not have a secondary school or college, the nearest high school is Great Sankey High School, which has a sixth-form attached to the school also St Aeldreds Catholic Technology College in nearby Newton-le-willows which also has a sixth form attached, Priestley Sixth Form College in Warrington town centre is the nearest specialised sixth form college. [http://www.upmystreet.com/local/l/Burtonwood.html Burtonwood Information.] "UpMyStreet website". Retrieval Date: 8 September, 2007.]


The village is fairly small, with only three bus routes through it, (Arriva 329 to St. Helens, Warrington Borough Transport 29 to Collins Green (subject to rural bus grant) and Ogden 141 (St Helens to Newton) run on behalf of Merseytravel) [Warrington Borough Council Public Transport Guide (09/06)] . The nearest major bus interchanges are in Warrington (6.0 miles) and Wigan (8.19 miles). The nearest railway station was Collins Green, but is now Earlestown, two miles to the north of the village. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is the nearest airport (~10 miles to the west).


Civil Parish

The following statistics are for the civil parish of Burtonwood and Westbrook.

Population and Race

*Population: 11,265
*Population, Males: 5,554
*Population, Females: 5711


*Total Households: 4,264

Council ward

The following statistics are for the council ward of Burtonwood and Winwick. [ [http://www.statistics.gov.uk Office of National Statistics] for Burtonwood and Winwick ward, Warrington.]

Population and Race

*Population: 5,595
*Population ratio (Male:Female): 49.2%:50.8%
*White origin: 98.48%
*Mixed origin: 0.00%
*Asian origin: 0.57%
*Black origin: 0.01%
*Other origin: 0.23%


*Total Households: 2,265
*Owner occupied: 84.68%
*Shared ownership: 0.26%
*Council accommodation: 10.64%
*Housing Association accommodation: 0.18%
*Other rented accommodation: 4.24%

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