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All Saints Church
Saughall is located in Cheshire
Location within Cheshire
Population3,009 (2011)
OS grid referenceSJ360700
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCHESTER
Postcode districtCH1
Dialling code01244
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°13′24″N 2°57′33″W / 53.2234°N 2.9593°W / 53.2234; -2.9593Coordinates: 53°13′24″N 2°57′33″W / 53.2234°N 2.9593°W / 53.2234; -2.9593

Saughall is a village and former civil parish, now in the parishes of Saughall and Shotwick Park, Puddington and the unparished area of Chester, in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is situated approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north west of Chester and close to the Welsh border.[1] The civil parish was abolished in 2015 to form Saughall and Shotwick Park, part also went to Puddington and Chester unparished area.[2]

At the 2001 census, there were 3,084 residents in the village[3] reducing to 3,009 at the 2011 Census.[4] A total of 3,585 people living in the ward of Saughall, with 48.5% male and 51.5% female.[5] This electoral ward was called Saughall and Mollington at the 2011 Census. The total ward population at this Census was 4,463.[6]


The Domesday Book of 1086 mentions the village as Salhale,[7] with a total population of about 85.[8]

The village previously consisted of two townships in the parish of Shotwick, Wirral Hundred. Great Saughall had a population of 147 in 1801, 493 in 1851 and 703 in 1901.[9] Little Saughall had a population of 48 in 1801, 69 in 1851 and 137 in 1901.[10] The civil parish of Saughall was created in 1948 by uniting both settlements. In 1951, the population of Saughall was 1,518.[11]

Saughall was a fishing village until cut off from the sea by land reclamation in the Dee estuary: see Sealand, Flintshire.[12]


The village had two local schools: The Ridings Community Infant School and Thomas Wedge Church of England Junior School. The latter, originally known as Great Saughall School, was built and endowed by Thomas Wedge of Sealand, Flintshire, at his own expense in 1852 as a gift to the people of Saughall and Sealand. In late 2006 Cheshire County Council agreed to embark on a process which would ultimately lead to the merger of the two schools. In March 2008 the plans were submitted and include building an entirely new united primary school on the school field behind the current Thomas Wedge building. This was completed in 2010, the old schools have been demolished and replaced with Saughall All Saints primary School.

Saughall Windmill is more commonly known as Gibbet Mill and is now a private residence. Situated some distance outside the village, this name is likely derived from some time during the eighteenth century. It was the location of the murder of a farm labourer by two fellow workers after a disagreement over earnings near the mill. After their trial and execution, their bodies were hung in chains, or "gibbeted" from a nearby ash tree, as a warning to other criminals.[12][13]

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  1. ^ Map
  2. ^ "SHOTWICK". GENUKI. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ "2001 Census: Saughall (Civil Parish)". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2007.
  4. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Ward Profile". City of Chester website. Retrieved 6 February 2007.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 29 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Cheshire (L-Z)". Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 27 February 2008.
  8. ^ "History of the parish". Saughall & Shotwick Parish Council. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 27 February 2008.
  9. ^ "Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Great Saughall". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 10 November 2007.
  10. ^ "Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Little Saughall". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 10 November 2007.
  11. ^ "Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Saughall". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 10 November 2007.
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  13. ^ "The Mills of Wirral". Cheshire Magazine. C.C. Publishing. Retrieved 10 November 2007.

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