Hale, Halton

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Hale Childe 1.jpg
Statue of John Middleton in Church End, Hale
Hale is located in Cheshire
Hale shown within Cheshire
Population 1,898 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ468824
Civil parish
  • Hale
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district L24
Dialling code 0151
Police Cheshire
Fire Cheshire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
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 Head Lighthouse
Lighthouse at Hale Head - geograph.org.uk - 508931.jpg
Hale Head Lighthouse in 2007
Location Hale
Coordinates 53°19′21″N 2°47′39″W / 53.322440°N 2.794197°W / 53.322440; -2.794197
Year first constructed 1838 (first)
Year first lit 1906 (current)
Deactivated 1958
Construction brick tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keeper's house
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern
Tower height 17.5 metres (57 ft)
Focal height 21.3 metres (70 ft)
ARLHS number ENG-187
Managing agent private[2]

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.[1] 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.[3]

Audrey Withers (1905–2001), editor of Vogue between 1940 and 1960, was born in Hale, where her father was a local doctor.[4]

Hale Head Lighthouse

Hale Head used to be the southernmost point in Lancashire. A lighthouse was established here in 1838; the original octagonal structure was superseded by a taller cylindrical tower in 1906. The light was discontinued in 1958, but the building remains in use as a private residence.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b "2001 Census: Hale". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 June 2008.
  2. ^ Hale Head The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved May 1st, 2016
  3. ^ BBC News: A tall tale: The Childe of Hale remembered (accessed 12 April 2013)
  4. ^ Drusilla Beyfus, 'Withers [married names Stewart, Kennett], (Elizabeth) Audrey (1905–2001), magazine editor' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2005)
  5. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Northwest England". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2 August 2015.

External links

  • Hale Village Online
  • Visit Hale Village
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