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.

Burton & Neston History Society  Exhibition, ‘Great War - Neston Remembers’ 

Neston Library  Parkgate Road , Neston, CH64 6QE   Opens on Monday 22nd October and continues until the end of November

Volunteer researchers from the Society have uncovered a wealth of information, photographs and maps bringing to life stories of local people and everyday life in Neston, Parkgate and Burton during the Great War. These include details of the local hospitals for wounded troops and the existence of a small scale munitions factory sited in the garden of Leighton Court. An incident in an atmosphere of raised tension resulted in a near riot on 'The Green', all caused by a misunderstanding and resulting in a man having to be rescued by the police. 

The exhibition coincides with the completion and publication of several intensive years of research by Society member Ian Norris who has researched the war records and family histories of the period for each of the 170 men of Burton and Neston who died in War service or shortly after from injuries sustained in battle.  Ian will be interviewed on October 24th at the library by BBC Radio Merseyside. 

The research runs to ten printed volumes and will be available in the library for anyone to read from the start of the exhibition. It will be of particular interest to local families who lost relatives in the War and anyone interested in local history. Orders can be placed at the library for copies containing all ten volumes on a CD or USB memory stick at a cost of £5.

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 

BNHS to have closer involvement with NestonPast website

If you are interested in the history of Neston and surrounding area you are probably already aware of the website Neston Past http://www.nestonpast.com/   It contains an interesting, thoroughly well researched and varied collection of articles contributed by a number authors, together with maps and historic photos. Do pay it a visit if you have not already done so!

The Nestonpast website was set up by Susan Chambers in November 2015, and subsequently was jointly managed by Susan Chambers and Stella Young. As of 1st July 2018 the site is being jointly managed and supported by the Burton and Neston History Society and Stella Young.
It continues as a site to share memories and research about Neston and Parkgate and now also provides information about the Burton and Neston History Society and its activities, but its main focus remains the articles. If you have any research or memories you would like to contribute to NestonPast please email info@nestonpast.com


  • Past Bulletins added Our past bulletins contain many interesting and well researched articles reflecting members varied interests since the late 1970's. So that these can find a new and wider audience, they ...
    Posted 12 Oct 2018, 02:43 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 second talk in our 2018-19 programme will be on on Thursday 8th November The second talk in our 2018-19 programme will be on Thursday 8th November, starting at 8pm. It will be at Gladstone Village Hall in Burton.A look at the ...
    Posted 12 Oct 2018, 02:30 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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Ken Pye 'Beer, bars & boozers: stories of Liverpool's pubs' Gladstone Village Hall, Burton 10 January 2019 Meeting starts at 8pm 
Margaret Harrison 'Latest conservation projects at the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port'. Gladstone Village Hall, Burton 13 December 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