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The village of Willaston is located between Neston and Ellesmere Port on the attractive Wirral Peninsula. The name Willaston derives from the name for the Wirral Hundred, the peninsula's former administrative division.

Willaston Windmill

Willaston Windmill, which dates to 1800, was the largest windmill on the Wirral. It was once used for the production of flour and to grind cattle food. It remained in operation until about 1930, when its sails were destroyed in a storm. The windmill has also now been converted into a private house. One of its millstones now forms the main feature of the village sign on the Little Green.

The village is centred by its village green, the Red Lion, a half timbered building which overlooks the green, dates back to 1631, it remained an inn until 1928 but has now been converted to a private house. The Nag's Head, which stands nearby, was built in 1738. Willaston has a number of fine 17th century buildings, including the highly attracktive Ashtree Farm

Ashtree Farm

Ashtree Farm, Willaston

Willaston Old Hall bears the date 1558, but has many alterations of later date, the red sandstone hall consists of five bays, with three storeys and has attractive mullioned and transomed windows.

Hadlow Road Station on the Wirral Way

Wirral Way, Willaston

The now disused Hadlow Road railway station, which once served village and now stands on the Wirral Way, dates to 1866, the station, platform and signal box have been lovingly restored to their condition in 1952.

Christ Church at Wlliaston was founded in 1854.

A walk from Willaston to Parkgate

Nearby places of interest

The National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port, is situated at the northern end of the Shropshire Union Canal where it enters the Manchester Ship Canal. It contains the largest collection of canal boats in the world. With its fascinating displays housed in a fine collection of Victorian buildings, the museum makes a great day out whatever the weather.

The Blue Planet Aquarium at Ellesmere Port is the largest aquarium in the UK, and boasts two floors of interactive displays and exhibits. The Blue Planet holds more sharks than anywhere else in Britain, holding more than ten different species from around the world including sand tiger sharks.

Brotherton Park, a nature reserve, is a one of the finest examples of ancient woodland on the Wirral and once formed part of the Royal forest of Wirral dating back to the end of the last ice age. Other habitats on the reserve include wildflower meadows, reed swamps and historic parkland. Brotherton Park and Dibbinsdale comprises of 47 hectares of semi-natural countryside along the valley of the River Dibbin.

Eastham Country Park is situated on the banks of the River Mersey, the park covers a hundred acres and contains some of the finest mature trees to be found on the Wirral. The park offers excellent views across the estuary and the cliffs at provide superb sites for viewing the flocks of waders and ducks on the estuary. Much of the Estuary is now designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.