The converted windmill seen from the junction of Old Mill Close and the A540 Telegraph Road
|Population||3,110 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|• London||177 mi (285 km) SE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-WRL|
Gayton is a village in Wirral, Merseyside, England, located between Heswall and Parkgate. It is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. At the 2001 Census, the population of Gayton stood at 3,110.
The name is of Viking origin, deriving from the Old Norse Geit-tún, meaning 'goat farmstead'. Originally part of the Heswall Parish in the Wirral Hundred, with the hamlets of Dawstone and Oldfield also included as part of Gayton. The village population was 100 in 1801, 144 in 1851, 180 in 1901 and 832 in 1951. Before local government reorganisation on 1 April 1974, it was part of Wirral Urban District in the county of Cheshire.
William of Orange stayed at Gayton Hall in 1689 en route to the Battle of the Boyne, and knighted his host, Sir William Glegg.
Gayton Windmill, built of red sandstone and Wirral's oldest tower mill, ceased operation in 1875. It has since been converted into a private residence.
Gayton is on the western side of the Wirral Peninsula, and is situated at the eastern side of the Dee Estuary. The village is approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Hoylake and about 8 km (5.0 mi) west-south-west of the River Mersey at Port Sunlight. The village is situated at an elevation of between 3–70 m (10–230 ft) above sea level.
The nearest railway station to Gayton is Heswall.
Services operating in the Gayton area, as of January 2015:
|Number||Route||Operator||Days of operation|
|85||Clatterbridge Hospital–Heswall||Avon Buses||Monday–Saturday|
|113||Heswall–New Ferry||A2B Travel||Monday–Saturday evenings|
|174||Lower Village–Heswall||A2B Travel||Monday–Saturday|
|472||Barnston–Liverpool||Arriva North West & Stagecoach||Monday–Friday peak times|