Cheshire (/ˈɛʃər, -ɪər/ CHESH-ər, -eer)[2] is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in northwest England. It is bordered by the counties of Merseyside and Greater Manchester to the north, Derbyshire to the east, and Staffordshire and Shropshire to the south, while the west is bordered by the country of Wales. Cheshire's county town is the cathedral city of Chester, while its most populated town is Warrington. Other towns include Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Frodsham, Knutsford, Macclesfield, Nantwich, Runcorn, Widnes, Wilmslow, and Winsford.[3][4][5] The county is split into four administrative districts: the Borough of Halton, the Borough of Warrington, Cheshire West and Chester, and Cheshire East.

County Palatine of Chester
Chester, the county town of Cheshire
Jure Et Dignitate Gladii
("By the right and dignity of the sword")
Coordinates: 53°10′N 2°35′W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of ParliamentList of MPs
PoliceCheshire Constabulary
Largest townWarrington
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantThomas David Briggs
High SheriffNicholas Hopkinson
Area2,343 km2 (905 sq mi)
  Ranked25th of 48
Population (2021)1,059,271
  Ranked19th of 48
Density452/km2 (1,170/sq mi)
Ethnicity97.3% White
1.7% Asian
0.6% Black
0.4% White Other

Districts of Cheshire
All unitary
  1. Cheshire West and Chester
  2. Cheshire East
  3. Warrington
  4. Halton

Cheshire covers 905 square miles (2,344 km2) and has a population of around 1.1 million as of 2021. It is primarily rural, with a number of towns and villages supporting the agricultural and chemical industries, and is known for producing chemicals, Cheshire cheese, salt, and silk.[6] It has also impacted popular culture by producing numerous actors (Daniel Craig, Tim Curry, Pete Postlethwaite), athletes (Shauna Coxsey, Tyson Fury, Paula Radcliffe), authors (Lewis Carroll), comedians (John Bishop), and musicians (Gary Barlow, Ian Curtis, Matty Healy, Harry Styles).

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