Photographer's Note

Another view of Thornton Hough, this time putting the Congregational church in evidence. You may remember a previous picture in this series showing the Anglican church. Both churches were built and paid for by local landowners.

Thornton Hough is a village on the Wirral Peninsula, in Merseyside, England, of pre-Conquest origins. The village grew during the ownership of Joseph Hirst into a small model village and was later acquired by William Lever. It is roughly ten miles from Liverpool and ten miles from Chester.

Mentioned in the Domesday Book as Torintone, the name of the village was established when the daughter of local landowner Roger de Thorneton, married Richard de Hoghe during the reign of Edward II. By the beginning of the 19th century, Thornton Hough formed part of the Neston Estate owned by Baron Mostyn of Mostyn, Flintshire.

Joseph Hirst, a Yorkshire woollen mill owner, bought farmland land in 1866 and began the development of a small model village, building a church, a school and 'Wilshaw Terrace'. The village was bought and expanded by William Lever who developed housing for family, estate workers and company staff in a similar way to Port Sunlight, building another shop, the school, a social club and the Congregational church. Development continued in the early 20th century.

The population was 165 in 1801, 164 in 1851, 547 in 1901 and 506 in 1951.


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