Cheshire – A Tale of Two Authorities.

Porthkerry House B&B is situated within the authority district of Cheshire West & Chester, in the gorgeous village of Little Budworth and, of course, the wider county of Cheshire.

  • Cheshire has 4 unitary districts:
  • Cheshire West & Cheshire
  • Cheshire East
  • Warrington
  • Halton

Cheshire – a (very!) brief history.

The name “Cheshire” is thought to have originally derived from the name for Chester first mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle – “Legeceasterscir” meaning “The shire of the city of legions”.

Thought to have been a county created by Edward the Elder in approximately 920, the name “Chester” is recorded in the Domesday Book as being “Cestresci(Chestershire) and was a much larger county than it is today and included parts of which are today North Wales.

Incorporating what were parts of Lancashire and Merseyside, Cheshire become what it is today, in part, because of the Local Government Act of 1972 which clarified what was to become part of the metropolitan counties of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and others.

Warrington and Halton become independent from Cheshire County Council in 1998 but remain part of Cheshire for ceremonial purpose, fire and policing.

The County of Cheshire itself is split between Cheshire West (and Chester) and Cheshire East – this was a highly controversial move, first suggested in 2007, but one that went ahead regardless of multiple petitions.  This occurred in 2009 as part of the governments (local) restructuring plan.

What makes Cheshire Great?

Cheshire is a beautiful place, full of bustling and traditional towns, picturesque villages and, of course, the city of Chester.  Wales is a neighbour of ours and has may of its’ own particular beautiful areas of interest ( see here ) and we are surrounded by other great places and counties of interest, including; Lancashire; Manchester; Derbyshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire.

Historically, Cheshire has many sites of interest from the Neolithic burial grounds at The Bridestones near Congleton (Cheshire East) to the Bronze Age Robin Hood’s Tump near Alpraham (Cheshire East).

There are the Iron Age hill forts along the sandstone ridges throughout Cheshire and, of course, the Roman fortress and walls of Chester itself.  These are just a few sites!

There is so much to do and see in Cheshire, whether or not you’re a history fan, and lots to explore for all age groups.  We recommend you take a look at the links in the text above to explore a little further and please do comment below if you want us to add anything else to this page as there is lot’s we haven’t put here, and we are open to your suggestions!  We are also not historian experts so if something is amiss please do let us know!

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We hope you will consider staying with us here at Porthkerry House Bed and Breakfast (see here for availability) and look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful county soon!


Cheshire Map with Porthkerry House
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