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A brief guide
to the development
of Ellesmere Port

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The Borough of Ellesmere Port and Neston covers the southern part of the Wirral peninsula from the Mersey to the Dee, covering over 85 square kilometres and having a population of around 81,000. Ellesmere Port is the largest urban area and stands where the Manchester Ship Canal converges with the Shropshire Union Canal near the banks of the River Mersey.

Ellesmere Port is joined on three sides by Stanlow, Whitby and by the south eastern corner of the remainder of the Wirral peninsula. Great and Little Sutton, Overpool, Childer Thornton and Hooton are all to the west and north west of the Town.

Further to the west the Borough is more rural and includes the villages of Willaston and Burton and, on the Dee Estuary, the town of Neston merges with the villages of Parkgate and Ness providing splendid views of the mountains of North Wales.

Neston's commercial history dates from the 16th century, but the growth of Ellesmere Port really began in 1894 with the opening of the Manchester Ship Canal. The Borough has an excellent road and rail network and the construction of the M53 and M56 has completed the links with other national industrial centres. Situated not to far from the Cities of Liverpool and Manchester and within very easy reach of Chester and the coast of North Wales, the Borough of Ellesmere Port and Neston makes its own important contribution to this northwestern part of Cheshire.

The Borough is therefore one of contrasts between the rural scene and an urban area of high-tech industry including the production of petroleum products (Shell), chemicals and vehicles (Vauxhall), as well as a wealth of smaller industries (Octel, Van Leer, etc), many of which have locations provided by the initiative of the Borough Council.

The town's main shopping centre, the 'Port Arcades' has transformed the centre of Ellesmere Port, giving good access to the Market which is busy at all times.

Proof that with the job-reducing advances in technology, Ellesmere Port is turning itself into a tourist attraction, capable of bringing large numbers of people to the town.

Ellesmere Port is now discovering itself in a new role -
as a Tourist Attraction -
with its well known award winning Boat Museum,
the continually expanding Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village,
the recent opening of Deep Sea Leisure's Blue Planet Aquarium
and the UK's first 3D Cinema complex.

It has so much to commend it as a place in which to live,
to work and to enjoy leisure time.


Compiled by Morris Wickham and Graham Drake.

In Memoriam to Morris, who passed on peacefully in 2003

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