Mollington is a village and civil parish in Cheshire, England, two miles north of the city of Chester, with the A41 Liverpool-Chester trunk road and Shropshire Union Canal to the east and southeast, the A540 Wirral Peninsula trunk road to the south and west and the A5117 link road to the north.

Mollington sign
Mollington is located in Cheshire
Location within Cheshire
Population626 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSJ385702
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCHESTER
Postcode districtCH1
Dialling code01244
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°13′34″N 2°57′32″W / 53.226°N 2.959°W / 53.226; -2.959

At the 2011 census, the village had a population of 626.[2] Nearby settlements include Backford, Capenhurst, Ledsham and Wervin.[3][4]

History Edit

The name derives from Old English, meaning 'a farmstead or settlement (tūn) connected with a person named Moll'.[5]

Mollington was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Molintune[6] and comprised eleven households (three villagers, three smallholders and five slaves/servants).[7]

The village previously consisted of two separate settlements. Great Mollington was formerly known as Mollington Tarrant and was a township in the parish of Backford. It had a population of 111 in 1801, and 122 in 1851.[8] Little Mollington (Mollington Banastre) was a township in the parish of St. Mary on the Hill, Wirral Hundred. Its population was previously 23 in 1801, 16 in 1851 and 44 in 1901.[9] Both settlements were combined into Mollington civil parish in 1901 with a total population of 232, increasing to 335 in 1951 and 663 in 2001.[10]

Mollington railway station, linking the village directly with Chester and with Liverpool via the Wirral, was closed on 7 March 1960;[11] the station building is now a private residence.

In 1982, Mollington became the first place in Britain to have a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, following the success of similar programmes in North America.[12]

Description Edit

Mollington is a small semi-rural commuter village of approximately 300 homes, served by St. Oswald's Primary School (formerly Mollington Church of England Primary School) and a village hall. All other facilities are now located in other nearby suburbs of Chester following the closure of the village shop and post office. Mollington's parish church is located in the neighbouring village of Backford.

The village is served by two local bus routes, but with an infrequent service most residents move about by private transport.

Mollington is characterised by tree-lined lanes with grass verges and farm land as well as sizeable family homes. It has an open, rolling and green aspect, which made it a pleasant location for the former Mollington Hall, a country house residence, now demolished. The old red-brick boundary wall of this substantial estate still remains and is now a feature of the village obvious to those who pass through. Neighbouring large houses on the edge of the village are now luxury hotels, including the Mollington Banastre and Crabwall Manor (formerly Crabwall Hall).

Sport Edit

Mollington is home to Mollington Cricket Club (MCC), a village team that plays friendly matches across Cheshire, the Wirral Peninsula and North Wales. There is evidence of a Mollington cricket team competing in local fixtures dating back to at least 1903.[13] The modern team traces its roots back to the 1980s when villagers organised a supposedly one-off match on the school field. As the team started to play more fixtures they settled at the Dale Army Camp in Upton, Chester, before relocating to Whitby in Ellesmere Port. Since 2012 the team has had a nomadic existence and just played away games.[14] The annual fixtures start towards the end of May and the team play on a midweek day throughout the summer, weather permitting. The team takes its players from residents of Mollington, Backford, Saughall and surrounding areas. The MCC has previously played in the National Village Competition and the Cheshire Plate.

Popular Culture Edit

Mollington is name-checked in a song by Half Man Half Biscuit. The title of the song is "The Unfortunate Gwatkin"[15] from the Urge for Offal album. It makes reference to the fact that the unfortunate victim in the song's narrative was returning from the fictional Pessimist Festival in Mollington. The lyrics also mention the nearby churchyard of St Lawrence and Wervin Turnpike.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "Mollington Parish Council Website". Mollington Parish Council. Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  2. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Mollington Parish (E04011141)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  3. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Mollington Ward (13UBHB)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  4. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Saughall and Mollington Ward (E05008692)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Key to English Place-Names: Great and Little Mollington". University of Nottingham. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Cheshire A-K: Mollington". Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  7. ^ Powell-Smith, Anna. "Mollington". Open Domesday/University of Hull. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Great Mollington". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Little Mollington". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Mollington". GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy. Retrieved 11 July 2020.
  11. ^ Maund, T.B. (2000), The Birkenhead Railway, The Railway Correspondence & Travel Society, p. 69, ISBN 0-901115-87-8
  12. ^ "Watching out for the neighbours". BBC News. 18 September 2002. Retrieved 4 April 2008.
  13. ^ "MCC early days". MCC 1903. Paul Nicholson. Retrieved 7 September 2023.
  14. ^ "About Us". Mollington Cricket Club. Paul Nicholson. Retrieved 7 September 2023.
  15. ^ Rand, Chris. "The Half Man Half Biscuit Lyrics Project". Retrieved 7 September 2023.

External links Edit

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