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BRERETON CUM SMETHWICK

"BRERETON-with-SMETHWICK, a parish in the hundred of NORTHWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, 2¾ miles (N. E. by N.) from Sandbach, containing 624 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £7. 0. 5., and in the patronage of James Royds, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Oswald, is a stately structure in the later style of English architecture, with a roof of carved oak; it was formerly a chapel of ease to the church at Astbury, but was made parochial, and endowed with the tithes of Brereton and Smethwick, in the reign of Henry VIII.; it contains several monuments of the Lords Brereton and the Smethwick family. There is a place of worship for Calvinistic dissenters. Fairs for cattle are held in the second weeks in April and November. The sum of £20 per annum, arising from two farms, was given by Mr. Jupson, for the benefit of the poor." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

"SMETHWICK, a township in the parish of BRERETON, hundred of NORTHWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, 4 miles (N. E. by E.) from Sandbach. The population is returned with the parish." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Brereton cum Smethwick, also a township in Brereton ancient parish, Northwich hundred (SJ 7864),  became a civil parish in 1866
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1936, and incorporated into Brereton.
  • It included the hamlets of Bagmere, Brindley Green, Brownedge, Hazelshawe, Illidge Green, Medhurst Green, Sandlow Green and Smethwick.
  • The population was 556 in 1801, 649 in 1851, 552 in 1901, and 613 in 1951.

For the period after 1936, see Brereton.

Churches

  • Brereton cum Smethwick: St. Oswald (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Brereton cum Smethwick.
  • Brereton, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1882, closed ca.1923.

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Civil Registration

  • Congleton (1837-1936)

Court Records

  • Northwich (1828-1907)
  • Sandbach (1907-36)

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Historical Geography

Places associated with Brereton ancient parish with separate pages

 

    • 1936 April 1 — Abolished and incorporated into Brereton (4599 acres, pop. 469 in 1931)
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    Maps

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    Politics and Government

    • Congleton Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
    • Congleton Rural District (1894-1936)

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