Cronton is a village and civil parish within the Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley, in Merseyside, England. The village is surrounded by green belt land. To the north is Rainhill and to the south-east is Widnes. Historically a part of Lancashire, Cronton is an ancient village and was once a centre for the makers of watch parts and movements. There are several ancient sites of interest still remaining.
Pex Hill, a hill rising to 200ft above sea level, houses two reservoirs maintained by United Utilities and is the site of the Liverpool Astronomical Society’s observatory. The disused sandstone quarry nearby is a popular site for rock climbers and the area in general is a favourite with dog-walkers and families. In the village is an area known locally as the pasture, where the annual gala and ‘It’s a knock-out’ are held each year. There are two well-maintained children’s play areas, and a football pitch used regularly by local boys’ teams.
The village has grown since the 1950s, now having a population of approximately 1,400 in 546 dwellings. In recent years there has been very little new housing development as it is surrounded by green belt. The village has two primary schools and three churches.
Two pubs are located in the village, The Unicorn and The Black Horse and Holy Family Parish Centre. The Community Centre is the venue for many social activities. There are several shops and hairdressers serving the village.
Nearby stood Cronton Colliery which ceased production in March 1984. This site is due for redevelopment as a country park.
Cronton village is on the A5080, which links Edge Hill in Liverpool to Penketh on the outskirts of Warrington. It lies 1.1miles (1.8km) from Junction 7 on the M62 motorway. Hough Green railway station, on the Liverpool to Warrington line, is 1.4miles (2.3km) away. There are also bus links between Liverpool city centre and Warrington, and to Widnes.