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Hawarden is a village in eastern Flintshire. Hawarden forms part of the Deeside conurbation on the Flintshire/Cheshire border. At the 2001 Census, the population of Hawarden Ward was 1,858 (892 males, 966 females). The total population for the greater parish of Hawarden, which includes Ewloe, was 13,539.
Hawarden Airport is one of 2 public airfields in the north of Wales although services are intermittent, the second being at Caernarfon. Its primary function is to serve the Raytheon and BAE Systems aerospace factories in the adjacent village of Broughton, where Airbus manufacture the wings of the Airbus airliners before they are flown in a Beluga cargo aircraft to Bremen, Germany for equipping (A330/340 & A300 Wings) or Hamburg, Germany and Toulouse, France (A320 family wings) for final assembly of the complete aircraft. The wings of the Airbus A380 are too large to be flown out and are instead transported by barge down the River Dee, to the port of Mostyn.
Hawarden railway station is on the Borderlands Line.
Hawarden's most famous residents are Emma, Lady Hamilton (1761–1815), the former Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898), the curate of Hawarden the Rev. Harry Drew, and the professional footballer Michael Owen (b. 1979).
Prime minister William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898) lived in Hawarden Castle, the home of his wife's family, the Glynnes. In 1886 the curate of Hawarden, the Rev. Harry Drew, married Mary Gladstone, the second daughter of the Prime Minister, at St. Margarets Church, Westminster - a society wedding attended by the Prince of Wales. Gladstone bequeathed his library, now known as Gladstone's Library (having been renamed from St. Deiniol's Library in 2010), to the town.
The professional footballer Michael Owen (b. 1979) who, although born a few miles away in Chester and thus eligible to play for England, was raised in Hawarden and lived a few miles away at Northop until his transfer to Real Madrid in the summer of 2004. He moved back to the area after transferring to Newcastle United and subsequently Manchester United, commuting by helicopter. Owen famously bought a small street of houses for his extended family in the adjacent village of Ewloe. He also owned a house in the area and grew up on Cromwell Close nearby.
Hawarden High School is a high school which dates back to 1606 and was attended not only by Michael Owen, but also Gary Speed, the former manager of the Wales national football team.
- "2001 Census: Hawarden Community". Office for National Statistics. http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=801656&c=hawarden&d=16&e=15&g=414330&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1212106818468&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779. Retrieved 30 May 2008.
- The Times, February 3, 1886
- "Star's old home for sale". BBC News. 12 January 2004. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_east/3388685.stm. Retrieved 3 April 2008.