Shotton, Flintshire

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Chester Road West - Shotton High Street.JPG
Looking from Chester Road West towards High Street
Grid reference: SJ305685
Location: 53°12’32"N, 3°2’31"W
Population: 6,265  (2001)
Post town: Deeside
Postcode: CH5
Dialling code: 01244
Local Government
Council: Flintshire
Alyn and Deeside

Shotton is a town in Flintshire lying on the River Dee. The name derives from the Old Norse words sjò (sea) and tùn (village). It is continuous with the towns of Connah's Quay and Queensferry in what is called Deeside. At the 2001 Census Shotton had a population of 6,265.[1]


Originally founded by Anglo-Saxons,[2] the town grew from the eighteenth century around coal mining and farming on reclaimed marshland. Steel works later grew up, and Shotton also became a railway junction.

The steel works was originally owned by John Summers and Sons, a Stalybridge ironworks company.[3] It was later bought by the government under British Steel. It was privatised and acquired by Corus Group, which still maintains operations.

The town lies under the Hawarden Bridge, completed in 1889 and originally a swing-opening bridge.


Shotton is served by the following schools:

  • John Summers High School (formerly Deeside High School).
  • Taliesin Junior School, built 1972. In 2003 it had 182 pupils. It is named after the 6th-century Welsh bard Taliesin.


Transport links include Shotton railway station, situated on the Borderlands Line and the North Wales Coast Line.


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