White Lion Inn, Weston
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Weston is a village (at civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. The village lies 3 miles to the south east of Crewe. The parish also includes the small settlements of Carters Green, Gorstyhill, Rose Hill, Snape, Stowford and part of Englesea Brook, as well as the new settlements of Wychwood Park and Wychwood Village. Plans in 2015 to develop a golf course surrounding Wychwood Village for residential housing have been opposed by some residents. The plans were refused planning permission by Cheshire East Council; the developer was later unsuccessful in an appeal to the Secretary of State and the Council’s refusal was upheld. Nearby villages include Basford, Hough and Shavington.) and
The civil parish is administered jointly with the adjacent parish of Basford. The Weston and Basford Parish Council meets monthly and discusses a wide range of community issues. From 1974 the civil parish was served by Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council, which was succeeded on 1 April 2009 by the unitary authority of Cheshire East. Weston falls in the parliamentary constituency of Crewe and Nantwich, which has been represented by Kieran Mullan since 2019, after being represented by Laura Smith (2017–19), Edward Timpson (2008–17) and Gwyneth Dunwoody (1983–2008).
Geography and transport
Basford Brook runs north–south at the western edge of the parish, forming the boundary with the adjacent parishes of Basford and Chorlton in some places. Many small meres and ponds are scattered across the farmland. There are several small areas of woodland within the parish, including Meremoor Moss.
The A500 dual carriageway runs east–west through the parish; additionally, the A5020 runs north–south and the A531 runs from the north east to the south west. The Crewe–Alsager railway line also runs east–west towards the north of the parish. The South Cheshire Way passes through the civil parish.
According to the 2001 census, the civil parish had a population of 969, in 399 households. The population taken at the 2011 Census was 1,855. The population has increased significantly since 1951; historical population figures are 348 (1801), 514 (1851), 474 (1901) and 544 (1951).
Places of worship
The Church of All Saints in Weston village was founded in 1838 and became a parish church in 1841; the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on Cemetery Road is also in the village, but has since been converted into residential accommodation. Both are listed at grade II. A cemetery, founded in 1902, is located on Cemetery Road.
Weston Hall, off Main Road, is listed at grade II*. The White Lion Inn in Weston village is listed at grade II.
Several buildings in Stowford and on Weston Road are listed at grade II. These include the Weston Road gatelodge to Crewe Hall, Stowford Lodge, The Smithy and Smithy Cottage, Elm, Beech, Walnut and Oak Tree Cottages, Firtree Cottage and Stowford and Magnolia Cottages.
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