Ellesmere Port was originally known as the village of Netherpool. It gradually changed its name to the Port of Ellesmere and, by the early 19th century, to Ellesmere Port. The settlements of Great Sutton and Little Sutton have existed in the area since the writing of the Domesday Book, which was completed in 1086. The first houses in Ellesmere Port itself were built around the docks and the first main street in the town was Dock Street, which now houses the National Waterways Museum
The town has a strong industrial background which grew from the development of the Shropshire Union Canal and, later on, the Manchester Ship Canal - two of the region’s key routes used for shipping industrial goods. Industry continues to be important for this area with the Essar Oil Refinery in Stanlow, Urenco - the Energy Innovation Centre and the Vauxhall Motor car plant being some of the largest employers in the area.
Today the retail industry is growing in the town centre, with the expansion of the Port Arcades Shopping Centre, indoor market and at the out-of-town Cheshire Oaks outlet village. Alongside the outlet village is the Coliseum Leisure Park
which has a multiplex cinema, ten-pin-bowling and many restaurants. Other local attractions include the National Waterways Museum and Blue Planet Aquarium
New investment in the area has given the regeneration of Ellesmere Port a major boost. Marks and Spencer have built a new store opposite the Coliseum Leisure Park which is said to be the largest store that they have ever built and also one of the largest sustainable retail stores in the world. The store is designed to be the most carbon efficient premier store to date, it takes a holistic approach into key sustainability factors such as water, carbon, biodiversity, the community, materials and zero waste to landfill.
Ellesmere Port has a strong sense of community and many facilities. The area has three high schools and a further education college, West Cheshire College, which caters for the academic and vocational needs of the community. Residents also enjoy attractive green spaces including the popular Rivacre Valley Nature Park
, Stanney Woods Nature Park
and Whitby Park
, which includes a skate park.