In the 1980’s I attended an Education Department senior management weekend seminar on the future of local education authorities under a regime of devolved budgets. It was held in Burton Manor – an adult education centre in the village of Burton, on the Dee side of the Wirral Peninsula and, about 7 miles North-West of Chester.
I was much impressed by the charm of the village whose history, some say, goes back to the 8th century. A settlement here is documented in the Domesday Book of 1066.
Before the River Dee silted up, the village was home to agricultural activities; an anchorage for ships trading with Chester; and a cross-roads for trade between areas as distant as North Wales and Lancashire. Today, many houses along its main street date back to the 16th century.
Much of the village is a designated conservation area.
I particularly liked the little bus-shelter with its tiny library