Welcome to the Burton & Neston History Society

The Society started as the Burton and District Local History Society on 21 April 1975 at Burton Manor College. It grew out of a local history course there led by Paul Booth from Liverpool University. Paul Booth became our President in 1999.  The Society meets monthly for talks from October to May and outings or history walks are organised during the summer months.   We have an active Research Group where members pursue their own research interests but also collaborate for projects such as exhibitions and publications.  New members are always welcome - come along to a meeting and see if you would like to join.

What we do

Our prime purpose is to study and research local history, and our research work has resulted in a number of books, smaller publications and exhibitions.  Burton in Wirral published in 1984 and Neston 1840-1940 in 1996 are now out of print, but are available in Neston Library.  Our most recent book Neston Stone Age to Steam Age was published in December 2014 and is for sale in local outlets and on Ebay.

Appeal for information on Neston's soldiers lost in WW1

Neston Local Historian Ian Norris has spent several years researching the lives, and deaths, of the men of Neston and Burton who died as a consequence of the First World War. As the work approaches completion Ian is hoping that local residents can contribute to the work, and in particular help with further information about  relatives who served in the Armed Forces or services such as the Mercantile Navy and died in, or immediately following the First World War.  There are six individuals in particular who have left little trace in the record that Ian would appreciate any further information you may have.   

For further information about Ian's research project , these six 'missing' servicemen and how to contact Ian, please click on the image below.


Neston Villages Heritage Guide

A brief thirty page illustrated guide to the history of Neston, Parkgate, Little Neston, Burton and Willaston has recently been added to our website.  The guide gives a good overview of the history and places of interest in this part of Wirral. it can be downloaded in pdf form the articles page at the link below 


  • Past Bulletins added Our past bulletins contain many interesting and well researched articles reflecting members varied interests since the late1970's. So that these can find a new and wider audience, they are ...
    Posted 9 Apr 2018, 05:34 by Burton & Neston History Society
  • Wirral History & Heritage Fair - March 2018 On Saturday 10th March 2018 The Wirral History & Heritage Fair, was hosted in the fine Victorian interior of Birkenhead Town Hall.  Over 60 local organisations took part, loosely fitted under ...
    Posted 9 Apr 2018, 05:28 by Burton & Neston History Society
  • The first talk in our 2018-19 programme will be on on Thursday 11th October The first talk in our 2018-19 programme will be on Thursday 11th October, starting at 8pm. Details will be posted sometime in September.  It will be at Gladstone Village ...
    Posted 26 Jul 2018, 06:45 by Burton & Neston History Society
  • 'Neston Stone Age to Steam Age' - 2nd print run for sale Our most recent book Neston, Stone Age to Steam Age has sold out of its first print run, but a new print run has just been delivered in good time ...
    Posted 12 Dec 2017, 07:03 by Burton & Neston History Society
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to be announced Gladstone Village Hall, Burton 11 October 2018 Meeting starts at 8pm 
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For other local events of interest, please see the events calendar: https://sites.google.com/site/burtonnestonhistory/events/calendar

Dee Estuary from Leighton Road, Parkgate