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Gayton is a village in Wirral, Merseyside, England, located between Heswall and Parkgate. It is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral. At the 2001 Census, the population of Gayton stood at 3,110.
The name is of Viking origin, deriving from the Old Norse Geit-tún, meaning 'goat farmstead'. Originally part of the Heswall Parish in the Wirral Hundred, with the hamlets of Dawstone and Oldfield also included as part of Gayton. The village population was 100 in 1801, 144 in 1851, 180 in 1901 and 832 in 1951. Before local government reorganisation on 1 April 1974, it was part of Wirral Urban District in the county of Cheshire.
Gayton Windmill, built of red sandstone and Wirral's oldest tower mill, ceased operation in 1875. It has since been converted into a private residence