When Nessie Monk Bankes married James Braid in July 1848 the festivities were enjoyed by most of Neston (except, perhaps for the sheep) and involved most of the local inns.

The name is of Viking origin, deriving from the Old Norse Nes-tún, meaning 'farmstead at/near the promontory'.[8] Another Nesttun town can be found near Bergen, Norway. It is also mentioned in the Domesday Book as Nestone under the ownership of a William Fitznigel.[9]

Photographs showing the extensive grounds and gardens in 1918 have been provided by Ellen Barchet, great granddaughter of William Whineray…

BurtonLittle Neston NessNeston ParkgateWillastonDid You Know? What is Burton Point, and how do you get to it?

Neston was a major port before the River Dee silted up. The port was then shifted further downstream to the nearby town of Parkgate,[12] although by early nineteenth century, most traffic had ultimately transferred to Liverpool.

Merseytravel – who run the excellent services from Hooton – have backed the kind of improvements for which Neston Town Council have campaigned for since September 2014. Merseytravel wants to see better stations and more services on the Wrexham to Bidston route in order to demonstrate the potential for the line, for future electrification. It […]

Neston has a Cricket Club located in Parkgate that plays in the Cheshire County Cricket ECB Premier League.[16] Members of Neston Cricket Club can also play bowls, hockey,[17] squash, racketball and tennis.[18]

A Royal Charter was granted to Neston in 1728 in support of its status as a market town.[10]

The clock on the parish church in Burton only has one hand

BurtonLittle Neston NessNeston ParkgateWillastonDid You Know? Burton's strange clock

Neston Town Council has agreed an Economic Plan for Neston. The plan, a joint initiative between Neston Town Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council, was prepared by Nexus Planning. The work was funded by the two councils and Neston’s Section 106 Working Group. The plan provides a comprehensive analysis of the local economy and […]

On 31 March 2008 the Market Town Initiative project was officially completed. The community regeneration work will be continued by a new local community association, ch64inc, and by the establishment of a Town Council in 2009.[21]

The Wirral Colliery at Neston was taken over by the British government during the First World War. The pit subsequently returned to private ownership after the war, but increasing competition from larger mines precipitated in its closure in 1928.[13]

The Arts @ The Town Hall market is taking a break for the summer (from June) – Back in the Autumn! The market will be held on the first Saturday of the month inside Neston Town Hall. If you are an artist, designer or maker, and want to exhibit and sell at Arts @ the […]

Burton and Neston History Society’s recent book, Neston – Stone Age to Steam Age edited by Susan Chambers, is once more available and is now on sale, price £14.95 at Gordale Nursery, Chester High Road, Temptations, High Street, Neston,

Neston is also a former mining town, with a colliery located at the nearby hamlet of Denhall. Opened in 1760 by Sir John Stanley, the coal mine consisted of numerous shafts, some of which were dug out underneath the river. Due to the silting up of the River Dee, coal shipments to Ireland and North Wales ended. Alternative custom was secured from the railways, brought about by the building of a link to the recently constructed Chester & Birkenhead Railway's branch to Parkgate.[13]

Neston Recreation Centre is your local destination for fitness and leisure!

High up on Church House (Gittins), High Street, Neston. For similar questions, including another sundial, see the Town Trail

The A540 road links Neston to Heswall and West Kirby to the north, and Cheshire, Chester and North Wales to the south. Neston is also close to the M53 and M56 motorways, giving it access to Liverpool, Manchester, and the larger M6 motorway.

BurtonLittle Neston NessNeston ParkgateWillastonDid You Know? Who was Amy Lyon?

After another well-earned trophy for Neston Nomads this week, we take a look at some of the teams and players of over a century ago.

The transformation of Neston Station and surrounding area continued last week with the redecoration of the underpass. The overall initiative is led by Neston Town Council but includes important contributions from Arriva Trains Wales, the Neston Station Adopter group, Neston Primary School and Neston High School. The train operator has provided new bins and repaired […]

Neston Town Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Claire Evans as the Assets and Events Manager for Neston.  Claire is very excited to join the council and will start her new role on Monday 5th September. “I am really excited to have been appointed to this new role joining the dynamic team […]

One side recalls the days when this was a railway: Billowing steam floats to the sky from the steam trains passsing by.

Welcome to the Neston community website, which provides a guide for visitors and a reference for local people. We aim to tell you what there is to see and do in Burton, Little Neston, Neston, Ness, Parkgate and Willaston.

Neston Recreation Centre has a fantastic fitness class timetable that will have you in shape in no time! There’s old favourites such as Zumba and Metafit mixed in with some newer classes like Fit Steps, which blends Latin and ballroom dance into a workout!

HELEN ELIZABETH BUSHELL (Aunt Liz) was born on January 22nd 1902, the second child of Thomas and Clara Bushell of Parkgate, Cheshire… read more

The site will be frequently up-dated:  even yesterday is history!

She became Emma, Lady Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson, was born in the village of Ness, was baptized in Neston Parish Church, and in later life, bathed in the sea at Parkgate, to cure a skin complaint!

Please be aware that the gym is closed for school use from 8.45am - 12.00pm on weekdays.


Following recent resignations, the Council saw its full complement restored at its meeting last Tuesday evening with the co-option of Dominic Roberts for Parkgate and Jean Clayton for Riverside ward. At its previous meeting the casual vacancy for Neston ward was filled by Angus Montgomery.  Cllr Montgomery, keen to take on his new role said […]

Several local books have been published in the past but there is still  research  to be done, and new material is waiting to be uncovered. Historical research is never finished.

On the first Thursday of June, Neston annually celebrates Ladies (Club) Day. This is a unique marching day that has links to the Neston Female Friendly Society during the Napoleonic War.[12]

Join our new and exclusive Leisure Card club for our pay as you go customers.

One of the main local attractions is Ness Botanic Gardens, opened in 1898 and administered by the University of Liverpool.[15]

We hope that a web-site dedicated to Neston and its history will be a showcase for work that has been completed but not yet published, and for research that is currently underway.

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For its meeting next Tuesday, Neston Town Council is moving out of its regular home at the Town Hall in favour of St Michael’s Church hall. The Council believes that such a move may make it easier for Little Neston residents to see and hear what is going on.  As usual for Council meetings the […]