Shotton is a thriving town at the heart of Deeside, lying on the A548 North Wales Coast Road. It is served by the Arriva Trains Wales Manchester to Holyhead Rail Line and the Wrexham to Bidston Rail Service which links the town to Merseyside.
Regular bus services to adjoining towns run through the main road, including the Cymru Coastliner from Chester to Rhyl. The town is within a few miles of the M56 which links into the National Motorway Network and gives a direct route to Manchester International Airport. The A55 Duel Carriageway is within two miles of the town, giving ready access to the beautiful Clwydian countryside and the North Wales Coastal Resorts with their excellent beaches. The Wepre Woods and Country Park are within a few minutes walk with a trail leading to the historic Ewloe Castle.
The town owes it’s existence to two main factors: The construction of the Hawarden Bridge across the River Dee over one hundred years ago in 1889, and the building of the John Summers Steelworks around the turn of the century.
An ordinance survey map for 1869/74 shows Shotton to consist of nothing more than a few cottages, a National School for Girls and the Eleanor Colliery on the Shotton to Queensferry Road.
As the Steelworks grew, so the hamlet expanded to accommodate the families from other parts of the country, who had come to take up employment. Many of the properties in Shotton bear the dates of the 1890’s and early years of the Edwardian era mostly constructed of locally produced red brick.
Residents of modern Shotton and it’s adjoining areas are well served by a wide variety of commercial firms, including banks, building societies, estate agents and a good range of retail outlets comprising branches of major chain stores, supermarkets and small shops.
Schooling needs are well catered for with nursery and infant facilities, a school for children with special needs, primary schools, and John Summers High School
Health clinics, doctors and dentist surgeries are convenient and the Community Hospital which was built in the early 1990s is in Higher Shotton.
For cultural interests, Theatr Clwyd is within a short driving distance and the County Library services are available. Swimming Baths, Ice Skating and all other sports and leisure activities are close.
Shotton Paper Mill and the 600 acre Deeside Industrial Park on the fringe of the area continue to expand providing employment in modern industries for thousands of workers.
Shotton has a wide selection of housing accommodation including streets of modernised terraces, attractive post-war houses and luxury estates of the new millennium. Award winning complexes of bungalows and flats were built for the elderly by the former Alyn and Deeside District Council in the 80s in the attractive residential areas.
Shotton, over the years has absorbed folk from all over the country who have become part of a friendly community, many partaking in the wide range of hobbies and leisure activities.
Shotton looks back with pride on it’s first one hundred years and looks forward with great expectations for it’s next hundred years.