From its early origins, probably in Saxon times, the Neston area has a long and rich history.

Until less than 200 years ago there was a port here, moving first from Burton to Neston and later to Parkgate as the River Dee silted up and was finally diverted, and there were deep coal mines here until the 1920s.

The area is the birthplace of Nelson’s mistress, Emma Hamilton, and Wilfred Grenfell, a medical missionary to Labrador. There are others who where born in and/or lived in the Neston area, these are listed below, under “Some Local Notable People”. If you have any suggestion for others to be added, please let us know at

Find out more about the people, places and activities that helped make the Neston area what it is today:

Timeline for CH64

Some Local Notable People

An Exhibition on the life of Emma, Lady Hamilton

Scheduled Monuments in the Neston Area

Blue Plaques in Neston and Parkgate

Former Natwest Bank

Neston Ladies Day

Bushell Fountain

The Neston Collieries

Timeline for Mostyn House School

Willaston Heritage Great War Project

History of the website

See also – A website on Neston’s History – established in 2015, providing in-depth history of the area.

Books about Neston’s History

Burton & Neston History Society organise meetings and publish books.

Neston Pictorialold photographs of the Neston area

Facebook page of old photographs of Neston and Parkgate