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Welcome to Hoole History and Heritage Society

Hoole Urban District Council Crest "All is in vain without the Lord"

Welcome to the new Hoole History and Heritage Society (the 'Society') website. The site continues to be developed now we have transferred from our old provider (BT Community website) to whom we are very grateful for many years of support to the Society.

News and Updates


'In Touch' Newsletter June 2021 has been added, see below.

Other latest updates can be found in Leisure & Recreation in Hoole under the article 'The Game of Bowls' which describes the history of Bowling Clubs in Hoole and Newton, and links to the development of the Hoole Ladies Bowling Club in particular. An earlier update was in the same section entitled '29th April 1953: His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh opened Coronation Playing Field' which has been expanded following the recent death of Prince Philip. Inevitably this has provoked interest, and for older people memories of his visit to Hoole in April 1953.

Errata - the photograph for Private Samuel V Nuttall (NUTTALL S V) has been corrected thanks to feedback from his grandson Kevin Silvester.


As many of you know, our meetings programme is currently suspended following Government advice on the Coronavirus pandemic. We will update this message when it becomes clear that we can safely resume. Please do continue to contact us with news, questions and history snippets. Meanwhile, we wish you well.

Whilst meetings in person are unavailable, we have initiated a series of group Zoom presentations for Society members. It is hoped that these presentations will form the basis for future updates on this site.

The first of these presentations was entitled “The Couturière, the Duke and the Deed of Gift” - being the story of the early lives, careers and relationship of Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, “Bendor”, Second Duke of Westminster, and Mlle Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel. The presenter was Society member Monty Mercer. The presentation was in two parts, aired on Tuesday 20 April and Tuesday 18 May.

The second presentation was on Thursday 17 June, entitled 'Balloning and Thomas Baldwin' - a story of the 1785 pioneering Chester ballonist Thomas Baldwin. The presenter was Society member Peter Elliot.

The next presentation will be on Thursday 22 July, entitled "J. C. Loudon esquire, Hoole House Estate, and the People’s Parks in Hoole" - in which Linda Webb will explore the emergence of the parks and open spaces in Hoole from the Hoole House Estate. John Claudius Loudon, an eminent landscape designer and authority, visited the renowned gardens of Hoole House, “one of the most remarkable specimens of the kind in England”, in 1831. He was there at the personal invitation of Lady Broughton, who lived there and kept the garden for her own use and that of a close circle of friends. Loudon, who had much admired the design of the garden of Hoole House, recognised the need for public improvements to be undertaken in a more comprehensive and reasonable manner, aiming to create spaces where the classes could mingle easily, as well as creating community pride.

The unique society and community of urban Hoole developed rapidly on hitherto green fields in the second half of the 19th century. By 1894, Hoole was designated an Urban District Council, just 46 years after the opening of Chester General Railway Station. Hoole Urban District Council created parks and open spaces for the residents of Hoole, chiefly on undeveloped acres of land purchased from the Hoole House Estate.    

In the same period, most towns and cities gained at least one public park. Urban park development had been encouraged, due to concerns about public health, mortality rates, loss of access to green spaces and the need for leisure and recreation for the people. This was the great age of urban designed park development. Parks went on to evolve in design, with the formation of local recreation grounds and the provision of a wider range of facilities for sports and other activities. The parks and open spaces in Hoole reflect these municipal developments.

Future presentations are under discussion. Society members will be notified and invited individually.


During the shutdown the Society has continued to keep in touch and share information with its members through Newsletter emails. These are now being shared to a wider audience:

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Data Protection & Copyright

Data Protection Policy and Procedures

Hoole History and Heritage Society is committed to protecting all personal information that is entrusted to us by people and to respecting their rights around how their information is handled. If you wish to see our data protection policy in full, please use the 'Contact Us' page and request a copy of the 'Hoole History and Heritage Society - Data Protection Policy and Procedures'.


A clause has been added to our 'Terms and Conditions' page to address regular requests the Society receives for copies of the photographs we have on the website. This clause reads "Materials (including photographs) from which the articles in this website are developed are, unless otherwise identified, believed by the Society to reside in the public domain. Should anyone or any organisation dispute this assertion please contact the Society (through the Contact Us page) and we will do our utmost to resolve the matter to everyone’s satisfaction (e.g. by appropriate attribution)."