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The name is of Viking origin, deriving from the Old Norse Geit-tún, meaning 'goat farmstead'.[3] Originally part of the Heswall Parish in the Wirral Hundred, with the hamlets of Dawstone and Oldfield also included as part of Gayton. The village population was 100 in 1801, 144 in 1851, 180 in 1901 and 832 in 1951.[4] Before local government reorganisation on 1 April 1974, it was part of Wirral Urban District in the county of Cheshire.

William of Orange stayed at Gayton Hall in 1689 en route to the Battle of the Boyne, and knighted his host, Sir William Glegg.[5]

Gayton Windmill, built of red sandstone and Wirral's oldest tower mill,[6] ceased operation in 1875. It has since been converted into a private residence.[7]


Gayton is on the western side of the Wirral Peninsula, and is situated at the eastern side of the Dee Estuary. The village is approximately 10 km (6.2 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Hoylake and about 8 km (5.0 mi) west-south-west of the River Mersey at Port Sunlight. The village is situated at an elevation of between 3–70 m (10–230 ft) above sea level.[8]



The nearest railway station to Gayton is Heswall.


Services operating in the Gayton area, as of January 2015:

Number Route Operator Days of operation
77 Heswall–Woodside Avon Buses Monday–Saturday
85 Clatterbridge Hospital–Heswall Avon Buses Monday–Saturday
113 Heswall–New Ferry A2B Travel Monday–Saturday evenings
174 Lower Village–Heswall A2B Travel Monday–Saturday
472 Barnston–Liverpool Arriva North West & Stagecoach Monday–Friday peak times
X22 Heswall–Chester Stagecoach Monday–Saturday

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Wirral 2001 Census: Gayton, Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, retrieved 4 January 2008[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Coordinate Distance Calculator". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ Sulley, Philip (1889), The Hundred Of Wirral
  4. ^ Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Gayton, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 10 April 2007
  5. ^ Coward, Thomas Alfred (1903). "X: Western Wirral". Picturesque Cheshire. London & Manchester: Sherratt and Hughes.
  6. ^ Young, Derek & Marian, Pictures From The Past: Book 3, p. 64
  7. ^ History of Heswall,, archived from the original on 25 August 2007, retrieved 6 September 2007
  8. ^ "SRTM & Ordnance Survey Elevation Data in PHP". Retrieved 3 November 2016.


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