Saughall is a village and former civil parish, now in the parishes of Saughall and Shotwick Park, Puddington and the unparished area of Chester, in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is situated approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north west of Chester and close to the Welsh border. The civil parish was abolished in 2015 to form Saughall and Shotwick Park, part also went to Puddington and Chester unparished area.
At the 2001 census, there were 3,084 residents in the village reducing to 3,009 at the 2011 Census. A total of 3,585 people living in the ward of Saughall, with 48.5% male and 51.5% female. This electoral ward was called Saughall and Mollington at the 2011 Census. The total ward population at this Census was 4,463.
The village previously consisted of two townships in the parish of Shotwick, Wirral Hundred. Great Saughall had a population of 147 in 1801, 493 in 1851 and 703 in 1901. Little Saughall had a population of 48 in 1801, 69 in 1851 and 137 in 1901. The civil parish of Saughall was created in 1948 by uniting both settlements. In 1951, the population of Saughall was 1,518.
The village had two local schools: The Ridings Community Infant School and Thomas Wedge Church of England Junior School. The latter, originally known as Great Saughall School, was built and endowed by Thomas Wedge of Sealand, Flintshire, at his own expense in 1852 as a gift to the people of Saughall and Sealand. In late 2006 Cheshire County Council agreed to embark on a process which would ultimately lead to the merger of the two schools. In March 2008 the plans were submitted and include building an entirely new united primary school on the school field behind the current Thomas Wedge building. This was completed in 2010, the old schools have been demolished and replaced with Saughall All Saints primary School.
Saughall Windmill is more commonly known as Gibbet Mill and is now a private residence. Situated some distance outside the village, this name is likely derived from some time during the eighteenth century. It was the location of the murder of a farm labourer by two fellow workers after a disagreement over earnings near the mill. After their trial and execution, their bodies were hung in chains, or "gibbeted" from a nearby ash tree, as a warning to other criminals.
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