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Borough of Halton
File:EnglandHalton.png
Geography
Status:Unitary, Borough
Region:North West England
Ceremonial County:Cheshire
Traditional Counties:Cheshire, Lancashire
Area:
- Total
Ranked 267th
79.09 km²
Admin. HQ:Widnes
ONS code:00ET
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2005 est.)
- Density
Ranked 166th
118,800
1,502 / km²
Ethnicity:98.8% White
Politics
Arms of Halton Borough Council
Halton Borough Council
http://www.halton.gov.uk/
Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
Executive:Labour
MPs:Mike Hall, Derek Twigg

Halton is a borough in North West England, administered as a unitary authority. It was created in 1974 as a district of Cheshire, and became a unitary authority on 1 April 1998.

Halton dates back to the 12th century (and beyond) when land on both sides of the river belonged to the Barony of Halton. Now its major towns are Widnes and Runcorn. The area borders Merseyside, Warrington and the shire county of Cheshire. The borough straddles the River Mersey — the area to the north (including Widnes) is historically part of Lancashire, that to the south, Cheshire.

The district was originally formed on April 1, 1974, from Runcorn urban district and part of Runcorn Rural District from Cheshire, and the borough Widnes and the parish of Hale from the Whiston Rural District in Lancashire. The unitary authority associates with the five Merseyside councils to form the "Greater Merseyside" group and is considered part of the "Liverpool city-region".

Local sites of interestEdit

The borough is home to a large number of historic sites:

Daresbury Church [1] is a church well-known as the inspiration for Alice In Wonderland. Lewis Carroll was born in the village, and his father was rector there. The church contains a carving of a grinning cat, a play on the wildcat in the arms of a local family empowered in the Middle Ages to kill poachers by hanging or garrotting (giving them a "permanent grin").

EconomyEdit

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Halton and Warrington at current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value AddedTemplate:Fn AgricultureTemplate:Fn IndustryTemplate:Fn ServicesTemplate:Fn
1995 3,636 14 1,361 2,261
2000 4,768 10 1,433 3,324
2003 5,774 18 1,399 4,356

Template:Fnb includes hunting and forestry

Template:Fnb includes energy and construction

Template:Fnb includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

Template:Fnb Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

Parishes in HaltonEdit

The following civil parishes are in Halton:

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Districts of North West England Flag of England

Allerdale | Barrow-in-Furness | Blackburn with Darwen | Blackpool | Bolton | Burnley | Bury | Carlisle | Chester | Chorley | Congleton | Copeland | Crewe and Nantwich | Eden | Ellesmere Port and Neston | Fylde | Halton | Hyndburn | Knowsley | Lancaster | Liverpool | Macclesfield | Manchester | Oldham | Pendle | Preston | Ribble Valley | Rochdale | Rossendale | St Helens | Salford | Sefton | South Lakeland | South Ribble | Stockport | Tameside | Trafford | Vale Royal | Warrington | West Lancashire | Wigan | Wirral | Wyre

Counties with multiple districts: Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside

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