Cheshire news The tiny Cheshire village with no shops that hasn't grown for centuries PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Less than 300 people live in the village

Cheshire news The tiny Cheshire village with no shops that hasn't grown for centuries PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Less than 300 people live in the village

Cheshire news  The tiny Cheshire village with no shops that hasn't grown for centuries PremierLeague-News.Com
19 June 2022 - 12:30

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The tiny Cheshire village of Puddington sits on the east side of south Wirral, a stone's throw from Neston and Parkgate. Less than 300 people live in the village, which has no shops and just one café acting as the central hub of the village. A back road lined with hedges runs over flat fields and into the centre of the village, where a triangular green is flanked by whitewashed houses – one of them dated 1710 – on two sides. On the third, a small parcel of pasture is often patrolled by a horse. Due to Puddington's conservation area status, the village "hasn’t grown." The Massey family moved to Puddington in the 13th century and remained in the village for seven centuries, owning two of the three grand halls which once stretched out from the southern part of the village. READ MORE:Five restaurants in Cheshire perfect for a Father's Day meal The village was feudal until the 1920s, reports the Liverpool Echo. A red telephone box stands at the border of the green, filled with books and umbrellas to be shared amongst the community. Gina Williams, 68, and husband David, 69, stand on the village green. They have lived in the village for more than thirty years. Gina and David Williams on the village green. (Image: Liverpool Echo) Gina, originally from North Wales, said that Puddington has a "unique selling point": "Over the years bits have been replaced. The big thing about it, which is its unique selling point really, is that it hasn’t grown. Unlike a lot of places, no one has come along and stuck a huge housing estate on one end. "It has grown in the likes of the buyers and farm buildings have been converted into houses, so more people live here, but in terms of its boundary it hasn’t extended or bloated like some places have and not lost its identity. It was one of the few places now which has been left like that. I imagine it would be right for the picking if you’re a property developer. “It’s very lucky in that sense that it’s managed to hold its identity." Gina added: “It’s unique in its persistence because it is over 1,000 years old now and its size and the fact that until the 18th-something it was basically feudal. Everything and everyone was owned.” With less than 300 people living in the village, the community is close-knit. Gina says it's a "place like this you know your neighbours, it's not the yellow pages you call for help but your neighbours." She continues: "You know a lot of people and you know everyone virtually by sight or you recognise their dogs." She added: “When we first came here if someone couldn’t find an address they would just stop anybody and they would ask ‘what’s the name’ and they say ‘Williams’ and they would reply ‘oh just over there and they have a spaniel’". The telephone box on the village green in Puddington. (Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo) Puddington's boundary has remained unchanged, making this beautiful village a rarity. Many of the houses are listed and it is also a conservation area, allowing the village to retain its history and charm. However, Gina and David said things have changed.

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. The once massive, three-storey "new hall" burnt down and stood for only 110 years. Gina said: “The story of course is they had to send the horse-drawn fire brigade from Chester and by the time they got here [it had burnt down]. People always came out, they always said, and took into safekeeping many valuable objects which were kept so safe, they were never seen again." Puddington's rural location also has its downsides, as Gina explains: “I suppose the only thing is here is no bus service and no facilities of any sort. It does bother people as they are retiring because I can understand retired people want to move to Neston simply because if you don’t have a car or can’t keep a car on the road then you get isolated. “That’s the only downside really, the bus service has been gone 10 years. It was very, very important I thought because it meant people could live into their 80s comfortably but they can’t now and that is sad.” Most recently, people living in the village as well as cyclists and walkers who pass through, have been able to grab a coffee and cake at the GIFT café on Chapel House Lane. This no ordinary café, but a seven day a week dedicated dementia friendly one. Puddington, Cheshire. (Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo) It is the work of friends Cathrina Moore and Caroline Hutton. Cathrina and her family are the owners of the neighbouring two care homes – Plessington Court and the Chapel House Care Home. The pair set up the café in the lodge on the site to provide a warm and friendly environment for visiting families to take their loved ones to share homemade food, seven days a week. Caroline said: "We started in September 2017. The property belongs to the homes, so we started in here very much trying to create somewhere calm and peaceful. "We never have any radios on, it’s always like this. It really is quite calm. The colours are neutral on purpose. Very little shiny because shiny can be confusing for someone with dementia because sometimes perception is one of the things which is affected. "Before covid we had a monthly singing session. The donations people make at the till point in our little bucket that paid for that. We have a really good relationship with Dementia Together which is a charity. Puddington, Cheshire. (Image: Colin Lane/Liverpool Echo) "They do a memory café here once a month and that has started back up now. We have people volunteering because we are a disability confident organisation and that is what I used to do before. "We employ people with disabilities, autism, people with mental health issues and mental health needs." Caroline and Cathrina have more big plans for GIFT café, which can all be found on their Facebook page here. Get more of the top stories from Cheshire here READ MORE: Paedophile leaves victim with 'night terrors' about 'man being at the end of the bed' Cheshire dad of six died within months of son 'knowing something was wrong' Livid Cheshire gym boss says 'man crashed e-scooter into back of my car' Tips for beating Manchester Airport queues New Wales holiday rules see government compared to 'Stalinist regime' NEWSLETTER: Sign up for CheshireLive email direct to your inbox here Read More Related Articles When an upmarket Cheshire town finds itself battling troublesome teens Read More Related Articles Chester restaurant vows it's cleaned up its act since damning hygiene inspection

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