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Guilden Sutton is a civil parish and village in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is home to 1,525 residents,[1] two churches, a primary school, a Post Office, a pub, a village hall and several local businesses.

Guilden Sutton
St John's Church, Guilden Sutton.jpg
St John's Church, Guilden Sutton
Guilden Sutton is located in Cheshire
Guilden Sutton
Guilden Sutton
Location within Cheshire
Population1,525 (2001)
OS grid referenceSJ448682
Civil parish
  • Guilden Sutton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCHESTER
Postcode districtCH3
Dialling code01244
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
53°12′29″N 2°49′37″W / 53.208127°N 2.827048°W / 53.208127; -2.827048Coordinates: 53°12′29″N 2°49′37″W / 53.208127°N 2.827048°W / 53.208127; -2.827048



Guilden Sutton was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Legend has it that the parish has always been "off the beaten track", with Roman Roads running close by. Indeed, there is a delightful story that Cromwell's men were unable to find it when they sought to punish the Royalist settlement, and that missing Chester plate is buried under an unspecified oak tree. Actual historic finds have been few: a bronze coin of Licinius I (AD 307–324) found behind the Bird in Hand, a mediaeval lead spindlewhorl, four 17th-century swords found in a house cellar, and a cannonball.

A church was probably built in the 12th or 13th century. The earliest register of births, marriages and deaths dates back to 1595; the Achdeacon's corrections Books, recording the proceedings of church courts, refer to “Edward Dutton and Margaret his wife” being absent from church in 1673 and the churchwardens' accounts reveal that 10s 6d (52.5p) purchased a coffin for Joseph Joynson in 1744.

In the mid-18th century, the parish consisted of 12 farm houses and eight cottages. Always an agricultural community, the parish had the services of a man to prevent cattle straying. The church was much damaged by a great storm in 1802 and was rebuilt. By 1810, the village was growing and had 24 houses and 120 people, increasing to 42 houses and 234 people 60 years later, including farmers, a blacksmith, a tile and brick maker, two boot and shoe makers, a painter and a bricklayer.

The Methodist Chapel was built in 1873, the original village school in 1891, and the present church hall in 1916.

By the 1930s, the village had grown to 404 people with electricity having arrived in 1925. Piped water did not extend to the main part of the village until 1945, and gas not until 1968. In 1951, part of a neighbouring area was transferred to Guilden Sutton, adding a further 209 inhabitants. Further new housing was added on a modest scale during the next 15 years, but plans were then drawn up for a large scale expansion which, now completed, has taken the village to its present size.

Local Government RepresentationEdit

Parish CouncilEdit

Guilden Sutton has an eight-member elected parish council. Elections were contested for the first time in recent history in May 2011 and most recently in May 2019.

Parish Councillors
Name Party
Dr. Imogen Brown No description
Alan Davis No description
Derek Hughes No description
Melanie Littlewood No description
Bill Moulton No description
Trisha Paterson (Vice-Chairman) No description
Sue Proctor No description
Sue Ringstead No description
Guilden Sutton Parish Council (8 vacancies)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
(no description) Imogen Brown 282
(no description) Alan Davis 267
(no description) Derek Hughes 279
(no description) Mel Littlewood 373
(no description) Bill Moulton 207
(no description) Trisha Paterson 358
(no description) Sue Proctor 360
(no description) Sue Ringstead 240
Independent David Weston 157

None of the Parish Councillors in Guilden Sutton is affiliated with a political party. The Clerk to the Council is Lisa Tiplady.

Cheshire West and Chester CouncilEdit

The new unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester Council replaced Chester City Council and Cheshire County Council on 1 April 2009. Shadow elections to the new unitary authority were held on 1 May 2008, in which Guilden Sutton was part of the Gowy Ward (based on the old Cheshire County Council division of the same name). In May 2011, the ward was renamed 'Chester Villages' and representation was reduced to two councillors. The election was won by Margaret and Stuart Parker for the Conservative Party. In May 2015 the Parish of Guilden Sutton was enlarged to include that portion of Pipers Ash to the east of the A41 largely bordering Hare Lane and extending to the A51 at Chester Rugby Club. In June 2018 the Boundaries were changed following recommendations from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Guilden Sutton became part of the Gowy Rural ward supporting two councillors

Cheshire West and Cheshire Councillors
Name Party
Margaret Parker Conservative
Graham Heatley Conservative

Six candidates contested the new Gowy Rural ward, of which Guilden Sutton is a part, on 2 May 2019.

Gowy Rural (Great Barrow, Guilden Sutton, Mickle Trafford, Picton and Ellesmere Port east), (2 vacancies)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Graham Heatley 1262 26.78
Labour John Heffernan 668 14.18
Liberal Democrat Glyn Jones 355 7.53
Conservative Margaret Parker 1272 26.99
Labour Jean Hardiman Smith 649 13.77
Green Jackie Tait 506 10.74

Member of ParliamentEdit

The local MP is Chris Matheson, Labour, as Guilden Sutton is part of the City of Chester constituency. The former MP was Stephen Mosley.

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