LEIGHTON, a township, in the parish of Neston, union, and Higher division of the hundred, of Wirrall, S. division of the county of Chester; containing 374 inhabitants. At the time of the Domesday survey this place belonged to Robert de Rodelent, after whose death it was given to the barons of Montalt, of whom it was held by the Leighton family. By successive heiresses it afterwards came to the Houghs, Whitmores, Savages, and Mostyns, with which last the estate remains. The township comprises 613 acres, of a clayey soil. The fisheries here were formerly considerable, but are now much neglected; and previously to the alteration in the channel of the Dee, there was some trifling trade. From that part of Parkgate which is within the township, passage-boats run daily to the opposite shore of Flintshire. The Wesleyans have a place of worship.