Saturday, 2 June 2018


Shotwick is a small village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Puddington, on the southern end of the Wirral Peninsula in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. The village is close to the county of Flintshire on the England–Wales border. The village was located on the River Dee until it was canalised in 1736 after which the reclaimed land has since developed into the neighbouring Deeside Industrial Park. The civil parish was abolished in 2015 and merged into Puddington.

Shotwick is recorded in the Domesday book (1086), within the Cheshire Hundred of Willaston, with six households listed. Shotwick Castle was built about 1093 by Hugh Lupus, 1st Earl of Chester, at what is now Shotwick Park and near the River Dee, before the area succumbed to the effects of silting. The Norman castle lay in ruins by the 17th century and now only the foundations remain. Henry II left from Shotwick for Ireland and Edward I used the port to leave for Wales in 1278.

 The village, including part of the hamlet of Two Mills was within the Wirral Hundred, with a population of 95 in 1801, 100 in 1851, 82 in 1901 and 70 in 1951.  It currently has a population of 120.

 The graveyard having been in use for hundreds of years, the soil level is now well above the foundation level of the church.  Gravestones range from the simplest with just initials, to initials and a date, a full name but no details, and the more usual style with fuller information. 

Shotwick is a beautiful quiet spot, off the beaten track, and well worth a visit.


  1. Quiet and off the beaten track? Sounds like my kind of place!

  2. What a beautiful area and so much history! I love the names too..Shotwick, Puddingham..I almost sound English when I say them! I love to walk through cemeteries and those would be the most fun to explore. One other thing, I love that clock on the lamp post..I want one! Too beautiful John..have a good weekend!

  3. It looks lovely and quiet and worth a visit.

  4. It looks wonderful, thank you for sharing the place with us!

  5. I've read and commented on this post (although I don't recall all the tombstones). So I'm wondering if either I didn't send the comment or it was this on Facebook? I don't read Facebook very often now but do occasionally. Anyway my comment was simply that it was a long time since I'd been there and must make the effort again when I'm down and passing the road end.

    1. That's the problem of me putting things on my Blog and on Instagram (both of which end up on Facebook) - there are comments all over the place. But some of my friends visit the Rambles, others only Instagram and some Facebook so I don't know of an answer really. And, yes, we must go agasin.


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