The picturesque Stockton Heath with a population of 6,396 is an ever developing village located south of Warrington, neighbouring Appleton, Grappenhall and Walton. It is located north of the Bridgewater Canal and to the South of the Manchester Ship Canal which divides Stockton Heath from Latchford and North Warrington.
A Roman road ran through Stockton Heath, along the route now known (appropriately) as Roman Road. There have been some excavations of this area; more information is available at Warrington Museum. The village was first featured modestly as 'Stoken' on a 1739 map of Cheshire. It was a hamlet of little consequence and not until the 19th century did development begin. The rapid development of 19th century of Stockton Heath resulted in the village having the first tramway route to be closed when it was decided to replace trams with buses in 1931. The small friendly village retains an element of country and agriculture; the name being a compound of two Old English elements - 'stoc' and 'tun', meaning the tun belonging to a cattle or dairy farm. At the same time it boasts urban benefits with a wide array of restaurants, bistros, pubs, traditional shopping together with designer boutiques for the discerning shopper.
Victoria Square is located at the centre of the village on the crossroads of the A49 and A56. Until the 1970s, the Victoria Hotel stood on this square but its location has been redeveloped. North of the square is the main shopping area which includes The Forge Shopping Centre, developed on the site of the old forge (Caldwells). The village centre is also home to a number of modern bars and restaurants, as well as traditional public houses. Some date back to the early 1800s. Stockton Heath has a police station, fire station, medical centre, park and library.
Since 1988, much of the centre of Stockton Heath has been designated a conservation area to preserve its character. At the same time, there has been redevelopment work with several new bars and restaurants moving into the centre of Stockton Heath.
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