CLAUGHTON: Christ Church (Church of England)

Also known as: Claughton with Grange: Christ Church, or Birkenhead: Christ Church.

Christ Church Road/Bessborough Road

Church History

Built in 1849 as a chapel to Bidston: St. Oswald. In 1876 it became the district church for parts of the townships of Claughton with Grange, Birkenhead, Oxton and Tranmere (previously served by Bidston: St. Oswald, Birkenhead: St. John the Evangelist, Oxton: St. Saviour, and Tranmere: St. Catherine). The boundaries of "The Consolidated Chapelry of Christ Church, Claughton with Grange" were described in the London Gazette on 31 October 1876:

"All those several contiguous portions of the parish or chapelry of Bidston; of the particular district of Saint John, Birkenhead; of the particular district of Saint Saviour, Oxton, and of the new parish of Tranmere, all in the county of Chester, and in the diocese of Chester, which are comprised within and are bounded by an imaginary line commencing upon the boundary which divides the said particular district of Saint Saviour Oxton from the parish or chapelry of Bidston aforesaid at the point where Egerton-road is intersected by the road called or known as Manor-hill and extending thence eastward along the middle of the first-named road and along the middle of Park-road South to the junction of the last-named road
with Slatey-road and extending thence southward along the eastern side of the last-named road thereby following in part the boundary which divides the said parish or chapelry of Bidston from the particular district of Saint John Birkenhead aforesaid to the point where the last-named road is joined by the road called or known as Reedville and extending thence eastward along the middle of the last-named road to its junction with the streets or roads called or known respectively as Euston-grove and as Euston-place and continuing thence still eastward along the middle of the last-named street or road to its junction with Alfred-road and with Upper Westbourne-road and extending thence north-eastward for a distance of four chains or thereabouts along the middle of the last-named road to its junction with Clarendon-street and extending thence south-eastward along the middle of the last-named street to its junction with Oxton-road and with the road called or known as Tranmere-vale and extending thence eastward along the middle of the lastnamed road to the boundary at or near to the junction of the same road with Borough-road otherwise called or known as Happy Valley which boundary divides the said particular district of Saint John Birkenhead from the new parish of Tranmere aforesaid and extending thence generally southward for a distance of one thousand five hundred feet or thereabouts along the last-mentioned boundary thereby following generally the course of Borough-road otherwise called or known as Happy Valley as aforesaid to the point a little to the north of Carlton-road where the same boundary bends sharply to the west and extending thence that is from the said last-mentioned boundary southward for a distance of fifty feet or thereabouts along the middle of Borough-road or Happy Valley aforesaid to its junction with Carlton-road aforesaid and extending thence westward along the middle of the last-named road to its junction with Woodchurch-road and extending thence southward for a distance of one hundred and twenty feet or thereabouts along the middle of the last-named road to a point at the junction of the said last-named road with Heathfield-road upon the boundary which divides the said new parish of Tranmere from the particular district of Saint Saviour Oxton as aforesaid and extending thence north-westward along the last-mentioned boundary (thereby following the course of the last-named road) to the point at the junction of the same road with the road called or known as Bennet's-hill where the said last-mentioned boundary joins the boundary dividing the said particular district of Saint Saviour Oxton from the particular district of Saint John Birkenhead aforesaid and extending thence westward along the last-mentioned boundary thereby following the course of the last-named road to the point at the junction of the same road with the occupation road leading to Christ Church where the said last-mentioned boundary is joined by the boundary which divides the said parish or chapelry of Bidston from the particular district of Saint Saviour Oxton aforesaid and extending thence first westward and then north-westward along the last-mentioned boundary to the point at
or near to the junction of the strset or road called or known as Claughton Firs with Village-road where the same boundary bends sharply to the north and extending thence that is from the said last-mentioned boundary westward for a distance of nine and a half chains or thereabouts along the middle of the last-named road to its junction with Columbia-road and extending thence northward along the middle of the last-named road to its junction with Shrewsbury-road South and extending thence westward for a distance of six chains or thereabouts along the middle of the last-named road to its intersection by Alton-road and extending thence northward along the middle of the last-named road toils junction with the road called or known as Devonshire-place, and extending thence first westward and then northward along the middle of the last-named road to its junction with Shrewsbury-road otherwise called or known as Grosvenor-place and with the road called or known as Manor-hill aforesaid and extending thence north-eastward for a distance of thirteen and a half chains or thereabouts along the middle of the last-named road to the firstdescribed point where the same road is intersected by Egerton-road as aforesaid upon the boundary
dividing the said particular district of Saint Saviour Oxton from the pai-ish or chapelry of Bidston. aforesaid at which point the said imaginary line commenced"

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

On 1 August 1958 the district was amalgamated with that of Claughton: St. Michael & All Angels to form the combined district of "Claughton with Grange".

Church Records

C = Christenings (Baptisms) ; M = Marriages ; B = Burials ; BTs = Bishop's Transcripts

Original Registers C 1854-1963 ; M 1854-1961 — Cheshire Record Office (P 72)
C from 1963 ; M from 1961 — Church
Microfilm Copies C 1854-1926 ; M 1854-1961 — Cheshire Record Office
Copies and Indexes M 1854-1961 — Cheshire BMD (WR:BK11)
Notes B — none

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