Broughton, Flintshire

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St Mary's Church, Broughton
Grid reference: SJ342640
Location: 53°10’8"N, 2°59’6"W
Population: 5,791  (2001)
Post town: Chester
Postcode: CH4
Dialling code: 01244
Local Government
Council: Flintshire
Alyn and Deeside

Broughton is a village in Flintshire close to the border with Cheshire, located to the west of the city of Chester. Along with the nearby village of Bretton, the total population was 5,791 at the 2001 Census.[1]

Broughton is home to a large aircraft factory at Hawarden Airport. This was completed in 1939 for use by Vickers Armstrong, who built 5,786 Wellington bombers. De Havilland Aircraft took over the factory in 1948 and built 2,816 planes of several designs. Today, the plant is the Airbus wing factory, manufacturing wings for the A320, A330/A340, A350, and A380 aircraft. Airbus wings produced in Broughton are flown out in Airbus Beluga planes with the exception of the large A380 wings which are transported by barge along the river Dee to the nearby Mostyn docks. The Broughton factory was featured in the 2011 BBC Television programme How to Build a Super Jumbo Wing.

The town is home to the Airbus UK Broughton football team. The club was formed in 1946 as Vickers-Armstrong and several name changes took places until it adopted the current name.

Broughton has a primary school and pre-school nursery, which was created when the infant and junior schools amalgamated. The school incorporates the local library. The students wear a distinctive purple uniform. There is a playgroup and toddler group based at the school.

The town shopping park is known as Broughton Shopping Park where branches of major stores such as Tesco can be found. In the village centre there is a small collection of shops. The Offas Dyke Hotel is sited on Broughton Hall Road.

The ITV1 drama series, Midsomer Murders has used Broughton as a filming location.

Broughton Hall was a large manor house that was situated on the housing estate where Forest Drive is now.

Broughton is twinned with Auzeville-Tolosane (population 3,035), a Commune of Toulouse, France.


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