- Whitley, Cheshire
infobox UK place
country = England
population = 540(est)
region= North West England
postcode_district = WA4
dial_code= 01925 / 01606
Whitley is a parish in the borough of
Vale Royal, Cheshire, England. It is surrounded by the Vale Royal parishes of Antrobus, Comberbach, Little Leighand Dutton. It also borders Daresburyin Halton borough as well as Hatton and Stretton in Warringtonborough.
The civil parish was created in
1936based on Whitley Inferior and Whitley Superior, now known as Lower Whitley and Higher Whitley.
Whitley lyes mostly in thenorthern part of a triangle of land bounded by the A49 (Warrington to Tarporley)to the west, the A559 (Warrington to Northwich) to the east and the A533(Runcorn to Northwich) to the south.
All public roads in the village are maintained by Cheshire County Council. The A49 Tarporley Road is a single carriageway primary road (formerly a trunk road). Between the world wars the Lower Whitley By-Pass was constructed, the old route being called Street Lane.
The A559 Northwich Road has always been a county road and is generally a narrower road.
Just half a mile to the north of the parish is the M56 North Cheshire Motorway giving access to nations motorway network.
Buses run through the village from Warrington to Northwich and vice versa. These are operated by Warrington Borough Transport, although Cheshire County Council do subsidise the service. In 2006 the services running through Weaverham and Little Leigh were scrapped. This means no bus services now run along the A49 through Whitley, though they still run on the A559.
While no railways run through Whitley stations are available close by including:
Warrington Bank QuayWarrington CentralRuncorn EastActon BridgeNorthwich
Whitley is home to two public houses. The Chetwode Arms is located on Street Lane (the old A49) with the Birch and Bottle on Northwich Road.
In the last few years a third pub The Millstone on Grimsditch Lane was brought and closed down. The pub is currently boarded up.
All three pubs were owned by Greenall Whitley & Co until it moved away from pubs in the 1990s.
Several pubs lie very close to Whitley including The Ring O'Bells, Stretton Fox, The Hollow Tree and the Antrobus Arms.
Whitley Village School is a primary school providing infant and junior education for the children of Whitley and Dutton.
Secondary education is currently provided by Weaverham High School. Previously it was in the catchment area of The County High School Leftwich (formerly Leftwich High School).
Previously to this children went to Broomfields High School, now part of Bridgewater High School.
Further education is available at St John Deans College or Mid-Cheshire College in Northwich, or in Warrington at Priestly College or Warrington Collegiate.
St Luke's Church, Lower Whitley
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