NOTE: There is another village named Willaston near Nantwich in Cheshire East.
Willaston is a village and former civil parish at the foot of the Wirral Peninsula in Cheshire, England. Centred on a village green, it is now located in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester between Neston and Ellesmere Port, just south of the boundary with the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral.
The population was 196 in 1801, 317 in 1851, 597 in 1901, and 1458 in 1951. At the 2001 Census, the total population of Willaston and Thornton ward was 3,913.
Willaston (or Wilaveston) is believed to have given its name to the Wirral Hundred (Hundred of Wilaveston), the peninsula's administrative division prior to the mid 19th century, and one of the Hundreds of Cheshire. The Hundredal name is often taken from the administrative area for the Hundred, suggesting Willaston was once of some importance in the post-Roman period.
Later the village became a township within the ancient parish of Neston, the largest settlement on the Wirral until the early 19th century. Willaston included part of the hamlet of Badgers Rake, which became part of the civil parish of Ledsham in 1933.
The township became a civil parish in 1866 within the Wirral Rural Sanitary District. In 1894 the rural sanitary district was replaced by the Wirral Rural District which covered the rural part of the entire Wirral Peninsula. In 1933 the name of the neighbouring urban district of Neston-cum-Parkgate was changed to Neston Urban District and took on three additional civil parishes including Willaston. A number of transfers of land between neighbouring parishes took place at this time. Some of Willaston may have been absorbed by Bebington Municipal Borough.
In the nationwide reorganization of municipalities of 1974, Neston Urban District (including Willaston) joined with Ellesmere Port Urban District to form a district municipality named the Borough of Ellesmere Port and Neston which existed until 2009 when it was replaced by the larger Cheshire West and Chester unitary authority.