Hooton

HOOTON, a township, in the parish of Eastham, union, and Higher division of the hundred, of Wirrall, S. division of the county of Chester, 9 miles (N. by W.) from Chester; containing 120 inhabitants. This place, in the Domesday book, is included in the possessions of Richard de Vernon, the Norman baron of Shipbrook, under whom it was held by a family named Hotone, which became extinct in the male line in the reign of Richard I. It then passed by marriage to Randle Walensis or Welshman, after which alliance, his family occasionally assumed the name of Hotone. The estate was finally conveyed by an heiress to William de Stanley, to whom the nearest kin of the Hotones confirmed possession of the manor, by deed, in the 12th of Henry IV. The whole township is now the property of Sir William Stanley, Bart. Hooton lies in one of the most pleasant situations of which the banks of the Mersey estuary can boast, and is shaded with venerable oak-trees, of a growth exceeding any on the shores of Wirrall: it comprises 996 acres, of a clayey soil. The Chester and Birkenhead railway passes in the immediate vicinity. The ancient Hall, a large timbered building, erected by licence from Henry VII., was taken down in 1778. The present mansion is built of stone from the Stanley quarries in Storeton, after designs by Wyatt, and is a beautiful structure, standing on a gentle eminence, and commanding an extensive view of the river, and of the entire coast of Cheshire and Lancashire; the fine entrances to the park are also from designs by Wyatt: the grand circular stone staircase is universally admired. The impropriate tithes have been commuted for £80, and the vicarial for £3 1. 10. There is a Roman Catholic chapel.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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