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The local area guide to living in Malpas

Malpas is a small village and civil parish situated in Cheshire, near the border of Shropshire and Wales. Residents enjoy the feeling of a tight-knit community combined with a beautiful rural setting. Monthly markets, independent shops, and a well-regarded school help give village residents a high quality of life, despite that fact that the name Malpas is derived from old French that means ‘bad passage’. Malpas has been settled in some form for many centuries, and was mentioned in the Great Domesday Book as one of the largest settlements in Cheshire. You can still see remnants of its Norman and Medieval heritage in the village’s historic architecture.

This village springs to life with regular events throughout the year, including the Malpas Fayre, which features both a parade and fete. The Yesteryear Rally brings together vintage steam train and tractor enthusiasts for an annual celebration of all things mechanized.

Information about the local residents

The village is part of the Cheshire West and Chester Authority. According to the 2011 Census, the population of Malpas parish was 1,673, with the mean age in the area in 2001 being 46, and the listed median age as 48. There’s a fairly even distribution of age groups, with a blend of families, pensioners, and single residents calling Malpas home. The unemployment rate in Cheshire West and Chester Authority was only 3.7% in 2011, which is lower than the national average.

There’s a strong sense of community in Malpas, with a number of social groups available for all ages. This includes a ladies’ choir, local historical research group, and bowling club.

Nearby schools

There are a number of excellent schools in the area, including two right in the heart of the village. Bishop Heber High School is located in Malpas and was named after English bishop and hymn writer Reginald Heber. This comprehensive secondary school was listed as one of the top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England in 2015 and, partly thanks to its excellent GCSE results, received an ‘Outstanding’ classification in its 2011 Ofsted report. This noted its excellent facilities and high levels of achievement, with parents, students, and tutors working together.

For younger students, there’s the Malpas Alport Endowed Primary School. This school puts a strong emphasis on creativity, and is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. It also includes the Barika Preschool.

Getting around

Tucked into the south west area of Cheshire, Malpas is 12 miles to the south of Chester. It’s also 10 miles east of Wrexham, and the nearest train stations can be found in these two larger towns. The local 41 and 41A bus service is operated by Aintree Coachline and runs from Chester Railway Station to Whitchurch Bus Station in both directions, stopping at Malpas High Street 7-8 times a day.

Motorists can access the major M6 motorway in under an hour. The A41 road leads to Chester, and it’s under an hour’s drive to central Liverpool. Birmingham and Manchester are about an hour and half’s drive from Malpas, making all of these major cities within commuting distance.

Local shops

A post office, GP’s surgery, dentist, and Co-operative food market are all located in the village. The high street in Malpas features an array of small shops and services for the benefit of residents. You’ll find a dry cleaning company, The Dog House dog grooming service, and Huxley’s Bakery and Deli. There’s also a beauty salon, barber shop, and electrical goods store, as well as media design services and a branch of Lloyd’s bank. The Malpas Farmers and Craft Market is held at Jubilee Hall on the third Saturday of every month. Regular stalls feature handmade pork pies, cakes, flowers, and Italian-style cheese.

Those looking for a relaxing place to have a meal or drink can visit Malpas’ friendly eateries and bars. There’s a cosy wine bar, A Table at Eaton’s restaurant, and the Malpas Chippy. Additional shopping outlets and restaurants are located in nearby Cheshire. The Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is half an hour’s drive from Malpas and features open-air retailers as well as a multi-screen Vue cinema.

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