- Mickle Trafford
Mickle Trafford shown within Cheshire
Population 1,831 (2001) OS grid reference Parish Mickle Trafford Unitary authority Cheshire West and Chester Ceremonial county Cheshire Region North West Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town CHESTER Postcode district CH2 Dialling code 01244 Police Cheshire Fire Cheshire Ambulance North West EU Parliament North West England UK Parliament Ellesmere Port and Neston List of places: UK • England • Cheshire
Mickle Trafford is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It includes the area known as Plemstall. In 2004 the population of the civil parish was estimated to be 2,140, although the 2001 census recorded 1,831 people. The A56 road from Chester to Warrington passes through the village and the Chester-Warrington railway line passes to immediately to its east.
The only artifacts found from the prehistoric period are an arrowhead and a worked flake which were found in the nearby settlement of Hoole Village. The arrowhead is dated as coming from the Early Bronze to the Early Iron Age (2350 BC to 701 BC). The Roman road from Chester to Wilderspool (near the present town of Warrington) passed through or near the village. It is likely that the road known as The Street, which passes to the northwest of the village, was the route of the Roman road. Finds of Roman coins, jewellery and pottery have been found in the village and nearby. There is also evidence of Roman practice camps in the nearby settlements of Hoole Village and Picton. Mickle Trafford is not mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles but a raised area in a marsh by the River Gowy, to the northeast of the present village, was known as the "Isle of Chester". Here lived a hermit called Plegmund, who was later to become the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the area is now known as Plemstall, which means "Plegmund's holy place".
Landmarks and places of interest
St Peter's Church, Plemstall is a Grade I listed building to the northeast of the village. On the lane leading to the church is St Plegmund's well. Other buildings in and around the village are listed Grade II. To the north of the village is Trafford Mill. The other buildings are Mickle Trafford Manor, Windsor Lodge, Ivy Bank Farmhouse, and a farm building associated with Ivy Bank Farmhouse.
- ^ Latham 2005, p. 9.
- ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish headcounts : Chester Retrieved 2009-12-22
- ^ Latham 2005, pp. 10–11.
- ^ Latham 2005, pp. 11–14.
- ^ Latham 2005, p. 15.
- ^ Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, p. 274
- ^ Latham 2005, p. 15–18.
- ^ "Cheshire Towns & Parishes", GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/chs/mickletrafford.html, retrieved 2007-11-18
- ^ Images of England: Church of St. Peter, Plemstall, English Heritage, http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?pid=1&id=404234, retrieved 2007-10-18
- ^ Trafford Mill, Trafford Mill, http://www.traffordmill.org/, retrieved 2007-11-08
- ^ Images of England: Trafford Mill, English Heritage, http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?pid=1&id=404433, retrieved 2007-11-08
- ^ Images of England: Mickle Trafford Manor, English Heritage, http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?pid=1&id=404239, retrieved 2007-11-08
- ^ Images of England: Windsor Lodge, English Heritage, http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?pid=1&id=404238, retrieved 2007-11-08
- ^ Images of England: Ivy Bank Farmhouse, English Heritage, http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?pid=1&id=404240, retrieved 2007-11-08
- ^ Images of England: L-shaped farm building, English Heritage, http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/details/default.aspx?pid=1&id=404432, retrieved 2007-11-08
- Latham, Frank A. (ed.) (2005), Mickle Trafford, The Local History Group, ISBN 0 9551470 1 8
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