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"BIDSTONE, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the chapelry of Birkenhead, and the townships of Bidstone with Ford, Claughton with Grange, Moreton, and Saughall-Massey, and containing 1014 inhabitants, of which number, 257 are in the township of Bidstone with Ford, 9½ miles (N.) from Great Neston. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £200 and £35 per annum private benefaction, £200 royal bounty, and £1300 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Chester. A lighthouse, standing on an elevated site in this township, was purchased by the corporation of Liverpool, under an act obtained in 1762, and is supported by a duty levied on all vessels sailing to or from that port. A school is endowed with £8 per annum, and a house and garden for the master." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

"FORD, a joint township with Bidstone, in the parish of BIDSTONE, lower division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, 8½ miles (N.) from Great Neston, containing 257 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Bidston cum Ford was a township in Bidston ancient parish, Wirral hundred (SJ 2889), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1933 to become parts of Birkenhead and Wallasey.
  • It included the hamlets of Bidston Moss and Ford.
  • The population was 199 in 1801, 293 in 1851, and 465 in 1901.

For the period after 1933, see Birkenhead and Wallasey.


  • Bidston: St. Oswald (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Bidston cum Ford.
  • Birkenhead: All Saints (Church of England). The district church for part of Bidston from 1911 to 1971.
  • Leasowe: St. Chad (Church of England). The district church for part of Bidston from 1957.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Bidston area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Civil Registration

  • Wirral (1837-61)
  • Birkenhead (1861-1936)

Court Records

  • Wirral (1828-1933)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 1928 April 1 — Lost parts to Wallasey (592 acres, pop. 10 in 1921) and Birkenhead (443 acres, pop. 423 in 1921)
  • 1933 April 1 — Abolished and divided between Birkenhead (575 acres, pop. 506 in 1931) and Wallasey (103 acres, pop. 0 in 1931)
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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ283902 (Lat/Lon: 53.403721, -3.079956), Bidston which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • Wirral Rural Sanitary District (1875-91)
  • Birkenhead Rural Sanitary District (1891-94)
  • Wirral Rural District (1891-1933)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Wirral (1836-61)
  • Birkenhead (1861-1930)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-85)
  • Wirral (1885-1933)