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The A5027 Upton Road seen from the junction with Shrewsbury Road. St Bede's Chapel and Community Centre is across the road.
Claughton shown within Merseyside
|Population||14,705 (2011 Census)|
|OS grid reference||SJ297891|
|– London||180 mi (290 km) SE|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|ISO 3166 code||GB-WRL|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
Claughton // is a residential district in Birkenhead, on the Wirral Peninsula, England. It is close to the main shopping area of Birkenhead town centre, and Birkenhead Park is partly located within its boundaries. Administratively, Claughton is a ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. Before local government reorganisation on 1 April 1974, it was part of the County Borough of Birkenhead, within the geographical county of Cheshire. At the 2001 Census, the population of Claughton was 13,723, consisting of 6,498 males and 7,225 females. As of the 2011 Census, the population of Claughton is 14,705, consisting of 7,065 males and 7,640 females.
Claughton Manor House was built in about 1850 by local benefactor Sir William Jackson, with its gardens designed by Sir Joseph Paxton. It occupied a site between Egerton Road and Manor Hill until it was pulled down in the 1930s.
The Birkenhead Institute was founded in 1889 by a local philanthropist, George Atkin, who established the school as a commercial company with shareholders and directors. Originally situated in Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead, it was later relocated to premises on Tollemache Road, Claughton until its closure and subsequent demolition in the 1990s. Wilfred Owen, the World War I poet attended the school at its original location. A residential road has been named after him on the Tollemache Road site.
Claughton is in the north-eastern part of the Wirral Peninsula, approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) south-south-east of the Irish Sea at Wallasey, 8.5 km (5.3 mi) east-north-east of the Dee Estuary at Caldy and 3 km (1.9 mi) west of the River Mersey at Woodside. Claughton is situated on the eastern side of Bidston Hill, with the shops and college on the A5027 road at an elevation of between 25–36 m (82–118 ft) above sea level.
The village has a large number of shops, as well as cafes, a bank, bakery, florist, post office, and local pubs such as the 'Claughton Hotel', the 'Heather Brow' and 'Houlihan's Variety Club'.
Claughton is also the location of Birkenhead Sixth Form College, which was established by the local education authority in 1988.
- Charles Alford, church minister, incumbent at Christ Church, Claughton
- John Blakeney, priest, curate of Christ Church, Claughton
- Cecil Holden, cricketer, died in Claughton
- Stephen Ladyman, politician, educated in Claughton
- Charles Reed, architect, died in Claughton
- John Taylor, church minister, vicar of Christ Church, Claughton
- William Taylor, church minister, curate in Claughton
- Harry Verelst, cricketer, born in Claughton
- Frederick Smeeton Williams, church minister, worked in Claughton
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