Willaston lies in the middle of the Wirral Peninsula, being approximately 4 miles east of the Dee Estuary and 4 miles west of the Mersey Estuary and is approximately 10 miles north of the outskirts of Chester and 10 miles south of the north coast of Wirral.
Once it was an agricultural community. Now it is mainly a commuter village for the surrounding towns. It is designated an ‘Inset Village’ within the Green Belt and the village itself is a conservation area. This gives it the benefit of a rural nature and yet it is only 8 miles from Liverpool and 10 miles from Chester. It has excellent communications with access to the motorway only 3 miles away and is only 2 miles away from Hooton Railway Station which has trains to Liverpool and Chester which in turn links to the main line railway. However, given the central position of Willaston the roads leading to the village are mainly narrow winding lanes which give a feeling of seclusion from urban intrusion.
Willaston has much to offer both residents and visitors from its old Parish Church, the Village Green with its beautiful copper beech tree which is adorned with lights at Christmas time, a wealth of ancient buildings, the restored historical Hadlow Road railway station and the Wirral Way Country Park on its border along with many footpaths leading to and from the village.
Willaston is a very active village with numerous organisations and businesses. It has a Memorial Hall, a much sought after primary school; pre-school playgroup, a library (in the Methodist Hall), two churches, a British Legion branch and two public houses with restaurant facilities. It also has a GP practice, estate agent, solicitor, gift shop, hairdresser/beauty salon, barber, newsagent, pharmacy, Spar General Store, butchers, tea shop/cafe and commercial garages.
Entertainment is provided by a choir and a Concert Society which organises trips to concerts in the Liverpool Philharmonic. There is an active Women’s Institute and a Horticultural Society. Organisations for children include a Toddler Group and we are lucky to have well established and thriving scouting groups including Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and also Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers. There is an excellent recreation ground containing a separate children’s play area, football pitches, tennis courts and a pavilion. It is also the venue for the village festival which takes place every three years.
The population is about 2500 people and Willaston still maintains its village atmosphere and community spirit. This spirit was demonstrated when thieves stole the metal plaques from the War Memorial. Villagers were outraged and collections and sponsored events took place to raise money to replace the plaques. New plaques were installed on the War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday 11 November 2012.
Willaston is a village large enough to be self sufficient but still small enough to remain a friendly place in which to live.
For information about the surrounding area, see the About My Area website.