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Coordinates: 53°10′08″N 2°59′06″W / 53.169°N 2.985°W / 53.169; -2.985

Welsh: Brychdyn
Broughton Shopping Park
Broughton is located in Wales2

 Broughton shown within Wales
Population 5,791 (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SJ342640
Principal area Flintshire
Ceremonial county Clwyd
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CHESTER
Postcode district CH4
Dialling code 01244
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Alyn and Deeside
Welsh Assembly Alyn and Deeside
List of places: UK • Wales • Flintshire

Broughton (Welsh: Brychdyn) is a small district in Flintshire, Wales, close to the Wales–England border and located to the west of the City of Chester, England. Along with the nearby village of Bretton, the total population was 5,791 at the 2001 Census.[1]

Broughton is home to a large aircraft factory. This was completed by late 1939 for the use by Vickers Armstrong in building 5,786 Wellington bombers. De Havilland Aircraft took over the factory in 1948 and built 2,816 planes of several designs. Today, the plant is the Airbus wing factory which manufactures wings for the A320, A330/A340 and A380 aeroplanes. Airbus wings produced in Broughton are flown out in Airbus Beluga planes with the exception of the large A380 wings which are transported by barge along the river Dee to the nearby Mostyn docks.

The town is home to League of Wales football team Airbus UK Broughton, who joined the highest division of the Welsh football pyramid in 2004 and have remained there ever since. The club was formed in 1946 as Vickers-Armstrong and several name changes took places until it adopted the current name.

The town also has a popular shopping park, known simply as Broughton Shopping Park where branches of major stores such as Tesco can be found. Also in the village centre there are a small collection of shops. The popular ITV1 drama series, Midsomer Murders has utilised Broughton as a filming location.

Broughton is twinned with Auzeville-Tolosane (population 3,035), a Commune of Toulouse, France.


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