Hale

Statue of John Middleton in Church End, Hale
Hale
Hale
Location within Cheshire
Population1,841 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSJ468824
Civil parish
  • Hale
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLIVERPOOL
Postcode districtL24
Dialling code0151
PoliceCheshire
FireCheshire
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
Hale Head Lighthouse Edit this at Wikidata
Hale Head Lighthouse in 2009
Constructed1906 Edit this on Wikidata
Built byJohn Arthur Saner Edit this on Wikidata
Constructionbrick Edit this on Wikidata
Height17.5 m (57 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keeper's house
Markingswhite (tower), white (lantern) Edit this on Wikidata
Operatorprivate[1]
HeritageGrade II listed building Edit this on Wikidata
Deactivated1958 Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height21.3 m (70 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Original light Edit this at Wikidata
Constructed1838 Edit this on Wikidata
Shapeoctagon Edit this on Wikidata
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UK
England
Cheshire
53°20′12″N 2°48′00″W / 53.33673°N 2.80007°W / 53.33673; -2.80007Coordinates: 53°20′12″N 2°48′00″W / 53.33673°N 2.80007°W / 53.33673; -2.80007

Hale is a village and civil parish in the Halton unitary authority of Cheshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,898,[2] decreasing to 1,841 by the 2011 census.[3] The village is north of the River Mersey, and just to the east of the boundary with Merseyside. It is 2½ miles east of Speke in Liverpool, and 4 miles south-west of Widnes. The nearby village of Halebank is to the north-east.

Historically part of Lancashire, until 1 April 1974 the area formed part of the Whiston Rural District.

Notable people

John Middleton (1578–1623), the Childe of Hale, was reputed to be nine feet, three inches tall, or 2.8 m. His cottage and grave are located in the village. Just outside St Mary's Church was a wooden carving of the Childe Of Hale which is said to have been life sized. It was replaced in 2013 by a bronze statue 3 metres tall by local sculptor, Diane Gorvin.[4]

Audrey Withers (1905–2001), editor of Vogue between 1940 and 1960, was born in Hale, where her father was a local doctor.[5]

Hale Head Lighthouse

Hale Head is the southernmost point in the historic county of Lancashire. A lighthouse was established here in 1838; the original octagonal structure was superseded by a taller cylindrical tower in 1906. The rebuilding was overseen by John Arthur Saner, civil engineer.[6] The light was discontinued in 1958 owing to a decline in shipping, and sold a few years later for £1,100;[7] the building remains in use as a private residence. The former optic is now in Merseyside Maritime Museum.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Northwest England". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  2. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Hale Parish (00ET002)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  3. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Hale Parish (E04000314)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  4. ^ "A tall tale: The Childe of Hale remembered". BBC News. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  5. ^ Drusilla Beyfus, 'Withers [married names Stewart, Kennett], (Elizabeth) Audrey (1905–2001), magazine editor' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2005)
  6. ^ "John Arthur Saner". Grace's Guide to British Industrial History.
  7. ^ "Lighthouse sold". The Nautical Magazine. 187: 188. 1962.
  8. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Northwest England". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2 August 2015.