Broughton, Flintshire

Broughton (Welsh: Brychdyn) is a large village[1] in Flintshire, Wales, close to the Wales–England border, located to the west of the city of Chester, England, in the community of Broughton and Bretton. Along with the nearby village of Bretton, the total population was 5,791 at the 2001 Census,[2] increasing to 5,974 at the 2011 Census.[3]

Broughton
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St Mary's Church, Broughton
Broughton is located in Flintshire
Broughton
Broughton
Location within Flintshire
Population5,974 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSJ342640
Community
Principal area
Ceremonial county
CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCHESTER
Postcode districtCH4
Dialling code01244
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
AmbulanceWelsh
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places
UK
Wales
Flintshire
53°10′08″N 2°59′06″W / 53.169°N 2.985°W / 53.169; -2.985Coordinates: 53°10′08″N 2°59′06″W / 53.169°N 2.985°W / 53.169; -2.985

Broughton is home to a large aircraft factory at Hawarden Airport. This was completed in 1939 for use by Vickers-Armstrongs, who built 5,786 Wellington bombers. De Havilland Aircraft took over the factory in 1948 and built 2,816 planes of several designs. Today, the plant is an Airbus factory that manufactures wings for the A320, A330 and A350 aircraft. Airbus wings produced there are flown out in Airbus Beluga and BelugaXL planes (while still in construction, larger A380 wings were transported by barge along the River Dee to the nearby Mostyn docks). The Broughton factory was featured in the 2011 BBC Television programme How to Build a Super Jumbo Wing.[4]

Broughton is home to Welsh Premier League football team Airbus UK Broughton, who joined the highest division of the Welsh football pyramid in 2004 and remained there for 13 years, before relegation at the end of the 2016/17 season. They subsequently won promotion back to the Welsh Premier League for the 2019/20 season. The club was formed in 1946 as Vickers-Armstrongs, and several name changes took place until it adopted the current name. The club were relegated to the Cymru North after the 2019/20 season.

Broughton has a primary school with over 500 pupils and pre-school nursery, which was created when the infant and junior schools amalgamated. The school's most recent ESTYN report rated it "Excellent" in all areas. Its students wear a distinctive purple uniform. The school incorporates the local library, and a playgroup and toddler group are also based there.

The village shopping park is known as Broughton Shopping Park, where branches of major stores such as Tesco can be found, in addition to Cineworld IMAX and various restaurants. The village centre has a small collection of shops, and the Offas Dyke Hotel on Broughton Hall Road.

The ITV1 drama series Midsomer Murders has used Broughton as a filming location.

Broughton Hall was a large manor house situated on the housing estate where Forest Drive is now. Between 1849 and 1964, Broughton was served by Broughton & Bretton railway station. The Broughton War Memorial Institute is situated on Main Road, opposite the junction with Broughton Hall Road. The institute was built in lieu of a memorial stone to commemorate the sacrifice by residents of the village in military conflicts between 1914 and 1919, and hosts groups and events for the benefit of local people all year round.

Broughton is twinned with Auzeville-Tolosane (population 3,035), a commune in the suburbs of Toulouse, France.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BROUGHTON – SETTLEMENT SERVICE AUDIT (PDF). flintshire.gov.uk: Flintshire County Council. 2015.
  2. ^ 2001 Census: Broughton & Bretton, Office for National Statistics, retrieved 1 December 2007
  3. ^ "District population 2011". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  4. ^ "BBC Two: 'How to Build a Super Jumbo Wing'". BBC. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2011.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Broughton at Wikimedia Commons