Set in lush pastures, Thornton Hough can effortlessly be described as a quintessential British village, complete with a central village green and surrounded by charming, Tudor style cottages, a country pub and sports fields.
The small-town pre-dates the Doomsday book and the history of the area is still remnant in the characterful properties and whimsical atmosphere, making Thornton Hough the perfect example of village life. This sought after, affluent region of the Wirral attracts those looking to raise a family or hope to escape city to the serenity countryside, as residents can come home to the archetypal “old English” village lifestyle yet also enjoy a short commute to the major cities; Chester and Liverpool.
Boasting Award-winning hotels and spas, as well as quaint tea rooms and village organised festivals, including the scarecrow fest which attracts crowds from all over Merseyside, this picturesque town is never short of excitement.
1The name of the village was established when the daughter of local landowner Roger de Thornton, married Richard de Hough during the reign of Edward II2The Seven Stars public house is one of the thirty nine Listed buildings in Thornton Hough, three of these being Grade II* which indicates 'particularly important buildings of more than special interest'. 3Thornton Hall, once the home of wealthy shipping merchants, the Bamford Brothers of Liverpool and believed to have been built in the mid-1800s, is now converted into a five-star hotel4Thornton Manor, was bought by Lord Leverhulme Lever as his family home in 1891. Over the next 22 years, this modest house was transformed into a superb neo-Elizabethan mansion5Named as Torintone in the Domesday Book of 1086
Lifestyle & Activities
The countrified Thornton Hough provides a remarkably quiet and relaxed lifestyle in stark comparison to the neighbouring towns of Lower Heswall and Neston.
With fewer residents to disturb the peace and large country fields that protect its serenity, this small village houses those who are privileged enough to afford large homes far away from any echoes of their work in the nearby cities of Chester and Liverpool. This collaboration of spacious living, scenic surroundings and short commutes to major cities makes Thornton Hough a very attractive place to live.
The picturesque village green is central to the residents that live there, it may not be thriving with life, but its neighbourhood values are more intact that those who have experienced a cosmopolitan invasion of trendy bars and restaurants. Here, residents can find tennis courts, a cricket ground and small play area for children. Surrounded by a large field, here is the perfect place to enjoy a family game of football or a picnic on a summer’s evening.
The village is home to just three pubs, separated by vast fields, giving each its very own identity and feel, The Red Fox, The Lawns Restaurant and The Seven Stars.
Thornton Hough is close to a handful of schools including two primary schools, Barnston Primary and Thornton Hough Primary, which is central to village life and neighbourhood connection.
Although small, the schools offer some great education with Thornton Hough Primary being rated as ‘Outstanding’ across all areas in its most recent Ofsted inspection. In 2017, the school topped the tables for the best-performing school in Merseyside, making it a hugely popular choice amongst parents in Thornton Hough and beyond. With around 174 pupils on the roll, it is a relatively small primary school, allowing teachers the time to dedicate to the needs of individual pupils.
Barnston Primary is located just on the outskirts of Thornton Hough, tucked away in a cul-de-sac of a quiet residential area. The school provides education for children from the ages of four to eleven, teaching the foundation of their early years education. Having been rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in its most recent report, the inspector also cited that ‘no stone is left unturned to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential, both academically and socially’, making it a highly sought-after school for local parents.
As a small village with no secondary schools, many local children travel to nearby towns to complete their final stages of education. The Highly accredited Wirral Grammar School is located in nearby Bebbington and is comprised of two single-sex schools with Neston High School is also in range. Further down the Chester High Road in Williston, there are some primary schools including Williston Church of England Primary School, Benty Heath Kindergarten and Hooton Child Care also provides nursery care for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.