Tarporley Today

Tarporley today is a sought after, picturesque village and thriving rural service centre.

Tarporley Today

Today Tarporley village centre has a good range of shops and local facilities clustered around the High Street. Local facilities include a well-used community centre, a high school (Tarporley High School) and a primary school (Tarporley Church of England Primary School). Grade II* listed St Helen’s Church is set back from the High Street and dates from the 15th century.

Industrial and Commercial

Within the village Tarporley has a small industrial estate, Tarporley Business Park with 8 units totalling 800 sq m and this is fully occupied. There are also workshops on Park Road and a business park on Birch Heath Road. Adjoining Tarporley is also Portal Business Park with 15 units totalling 2500 sq m.


The resident population is well qualified with 40.9% of 16 year olds and over having Level 4 or above qualifications compared to 29.4% in Cheshire West and Chester and 27.4% in England. 21.6% of the working age population has a professional occupation compared to 18% in the local authority area and 17.5% in England, and 14.8% have associate professional or technical occupations compared to 12.3% in Cheshire West and Chester and 12.8% in England.


Tarporley Parish has a number of environmental designations, wells and watercourses. The environmental constraints in the Parish are shown on Map 2 below. The Parish has one Habitat Designation in the National Inventory of Woodland and Trees (England): this is located off Brook Road. It has two Landscape Designations: urban, suburban, grass and arable land use classes from the Dudley Stamp Land Use Inventory are located within the Parish boundary and the Parish is within the Natural England National Character Areas 61 Shropshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire Plain and 62 Cheshire Sandstone Ridge5. Vale Royal Adopted Local Plan identified an area of Special Countryside Value (Policy NE11) to the north and east of the village and there is a Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS) in the north of the Parish, just off Rode Street comprising the Tarporley Siltstone Formation, Mercia Mudstone Group, Triassic Period. There is also a Local Wildlife Site (LWS) in the west of the Parish at a pond approximately 400m south east of Iddinshall Rough and another Local Wildlife Site just outside the Parish Boundary at Rode Street, and a Historic Park and Garden at Portal House.
The Parish has two Rural Designations – Statutory: Nitrate Sensitive Areas are located within the Parish boundary and a Scheduled Monument is located within the grounds of St Helen’s Church. The Parish has three Rural Land-Based Schemes: two Countryside Stewardship.


Agreements (England) are located within the Parish boundary at Ash Hill House and Back Lanes, various Environmental Stewardship Agreements (England) at ‘Entry Level’ are located mainly west of the High Street and in the north and south east parts of the Parish and there are two Woodland Grant Schemes 3 (England) off Brook Road and along Park Road and west of the houses along Woodlands Way. Tarporley Parish is within the Mersey Forest area.
Two wells are located on Ordnance Survey maps; one at Salterswell House and one at Hill Farm. Anecdotal evidence suggests that there may be more wells in the village. There are numerous small ponds and watercourses within the Parish boundary, with two main watercourses; Wettenhall Brook that runs along the southern Parish boundary and a tributary of Waterless Brook.
The village is surrounded by fields and this agricultural land provides a rural setting to the village. The approach into Tarporley from the north along Rode Street is the only remaining approach into the village which is unaffected by extensive modern development.


Vale Royal Supplementary Planning Document 5 – Landscape Character6 describes the local landscape character around Tarporley. Tarporley Sandstone Fringe wraps around the western edge of the Southern Sandstone Ridge in the north to Tarporley in the south. Fields are small to medium, dating from the medieval period or earlier and are enclosed by hawthorn hedges or low sandstone walls. There are numerous ponds and brooks and two small woodland blocks near Waterless Brook.
The Tarporley Village Design Statement7 describes the local landscape character in more detail. The Neighbourhood Development Plan offers the opportunity of reviewing and updating the guidelines set out in the Village Design Statement and incorporating these principles into the planning policies in the Plan, as policies in development plans carry more weight in decision making than supplementary planning documents (SPDs).


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A message from Linda for anyone who's lost 2 horses...

Two horses loose on the A49, both bay/dark, rugged and I think 1 has a plait in its tail? We managed to steer them into a field as they were getting very spooked at the traffic. I couldn’t catch them but they are safe. If anyone has any idea who they belong too they are in the field next to the Murco garage.
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What shall we call the new car park and road?

As you will have noticed, part of the former Royal British Legion site in Tarporley is being re-developed. This will create a new road and a new car park (to replace the old car park that houses will be built on). Ownership of the new car park, the bowling green and remaining allotments will be transferred to the Parish Counci.

Tarporley Parish Council are inviting suggestions for a name for the new car park and the new road.

If you would like to suggest names then please email the Parish Clerk at clerk@tarporley.org.uk

The deadline is 5th March 2018
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We're looking forward to half term next week! Any local suggestions?

Here's one to get the ball rolling... with a new children's menu for £1 🙂

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Here's an interesting local history query from Ruslan in the US...

Hi, my name is Ruslan and I am wrestling fan from Delaware Ohio of USA.
My inquiry is about the traditional wrestling contests which were essential part of the annually held Bunbury Wakes in the 1800's. I recently discovered that sport event on
BritishNewspaperArchives as well as I saw online the old 1808 wakes sports bill which mentioned wrestling.
My question is about the style of wrestling which was practiced by local men at Bunbury Wakes.
I would highly appreciate any info on that subject.
Thanks in advance.
Kind regards,
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A message from United Utilities for those in the CW6 area:

You may have noticed that the water is coming out of your tap slower than usual or may have gone off altogether. We have one of our inspectors looking into this at the moment and as soon as we know what the cause of the problem is we’ll let you know.

We’re sorry about this and will try and get your taps flowing normally as quickly as we can. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know what’s causing the problem.

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