The Whitby High School - Ellesmere Port Local History Pages

Ellesmere Port

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Foundation of the Port 1790s

A short article on the foundation of the Port - How we owe our existence to a small Shropshire town and a canal which first arrived here in he 1790s.

The Origins of the Port - the link with Ellesmere in Shropshire

The construction of the Ellesmere Canal (the Llangollen Canal branch of the Shropshire Union) has a complicated. The initial proposal was for a broad canal heading north to south which would join the River Severn at Shrewsbury to the River Dee at Chester. This canal was also intended to serve the coalfield of the Wrexham area. Eventually, however, the canal was built as a narrow canal running west-east from Llangollen (Northwest of Oswestry) to the Chester Canal at Hurleston Junction, near Nantwich.

The only part which was built in accordance with the original plans was the Wirral link to the Mersey at Netherpool. This soon became known as Ellesmere Port, and was intended to serve Liverpool. This is a more extensive article tracing the orgins of the Port and its Ellesmere links. Plenty of resource material included such as illustrations and maps.

Development of the Port 1800-1850

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Manchester Ship Canal

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Population Study

From 1801 to 1891 Ellesmere Port was growing steadily. By 1896 it was a sizeable town benefitting from the new ship canal which brought increasing trade. Jobs created by the canal were at the corrugated iron works, galvanised iron works, the smelting corporation, chemical works, sewage works, brick works, and ship repairing yard. This article looks at the growing population using census records, statistics and graphs.


This article looks at the growing urbanisation of the area following the expansion of the port to take in areas such as Overpool, Little Sutton, Rivacre and Great Sutton. Useful graphs, statistics and fascinating maps are included.


Coat of Arms

The arms of Ellesmere Port Borough are made up from many different symbols. The symbols are used throughout the area at schools such as Whitby High School. Click here for a detailed explanation and illustrations.

Ellesmere Port FC

Even though Ellesmere Port are not the best known club in England they have a history going back 80 years. They have had some bumps on the way and have folded more than once and have had several homes including Chester Road, the York House Stadium (near the present Port Arcades) and before that Boathouse Field. Click here for an interesting history, plus access to all the statistics.


A History of Local Schools

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