Little Neston’s history

Today Little Neston nestles in the shadow of its namesake, yet it has always been a distinct settlement.

The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book when it was recorded that Robert the Cook held the land. In 1066 it was worth 13s 4d and in 1086 16s.

There are a number of 18th century houses with date stones near the Green. White House has the date 1732 with the initials of George and Jane Bedson and 26 The Green has the date 1731 which possibly commemorates a rebuilding of the house by Hugh and Anne Bennett.

This house was the former Durham Ox public house, which closed in 1928.

The Royal Oak was an ancient single storey thatched building which burnt down in 1901 when it was replaced by the present building.

The Methodist Church was built in 1872 and St Winefride’s Roman Catholic Church was opened in 1843 and it was designed by Augustus Pugin.

Coal mining started in 1757 in the area around the Harp on the Ness side. John Stanley the colliery owner built Denhall Quay in the 1760s and the coal was shipped to North Wales ports and to Ireland.

The colliery had two underground canals to bring the coal from the coal face to the bottom of the pit shaft. The coal field was in decline by the mid 19th Century as the accessible coal had been worked out.

A new shaft was sunk in 1874. This mine had a railway link to the line on what is now the Wirral Way. The colliery closed in 1927 and some of the waste tips are visible on the right at the bottom of Marshlands Road.

You can find out more about the history of coal mining at Little Neston by clicking on the link below:

The Neston collieries

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Neston Cross