Welcome to - About Broughton

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Broughton (Welsh: Brychdyn) is a small district in Flintshire, Wales, close to the Wales–England border and located to the west of the City of Chester, England. Along with the nearby village of Bretton, the total population was 5,791 at the 2001 Census.

 

Broughton is home to a large aircraft factory at Hawarden Airport. This was completed by late 1939 for the use by Vickers Armstrong in building 5,786 Wellington bombers. De Havilland Aircraft took over the factory in 1948 and built 2,816 planes of several designs. Today, the plant is the Airbus wing factory which manufactures wings for the A320, A330/A340 and A380 aeroplanes. Airbus wings produced in Broughton are flown out in Airbus Beluga planes with the exception of the large A380 wings which are transported by barge along the river Dee to the nearby Mostyn docks. The Broughton factory was featured in the 2011 BBC Television programme How to Build a Super Jumbo Wing.

 

The town is home to League of Wales football team Airbus UK Broughton, who joined the highest division of the Welsh football pyramid in 2004 and have remained there ever since. The club was formed in 1946 as Vickers-Armstrong and several name changes took places until it adopted the current name.

 

Broughton has a Primary School and Pre - School Nursery, which was created when the Infant and Junior Schools amalgamated into one school. The School also incorporates the local Library and has a distinctive purple uniform. There is also a Playgroup and Toddler Group based at the school.

 

The town also has a popular shopping park, known simply as Broughton Shopping Park where branches of major stores such as Tesco can be found. Also in the village centre there are a small collection of shops also the principal social centre the offas dyke hotel is sited upon Broughton hall road.

 

The popular ITV1 drama series, Midsomer Murders has utilised Broughton as a filming location.

 

There are some families in the village that can trace their residence within the village to the 18th century, one such a Mr Croft built a house in the course of a day and had smoke rising from the chimney before nightfall, and had claim to the land within the distance he could heft an axe, there are still traces of said dwelling on the newly cleared plot beside the Spinning wheel pub on the old Warren.

 

Broughton Hall was a large manor house that was situated on the housing estate where Forest Drive is now.

 

Broughton is twinned with Auzeville-Tolosane (population 3,035), a Commune of Toulouse, France.

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