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CHESTER

"CHESTER, a city and port and county (of itself), locally in the hundred of Broxton, county palatine of CHESTER, of which it is the capital, 17 miles (S.) from Liverpool, 36 (S. W.) from Manchester, and 181 (N. W.) from London, through Coventry and Lichfield, and 190 through Northampton and Leicester, containing 19,949 inhabitants, and, including those portions of the parishes of St. Mary on the Hill, St. Oswald, and the Holy Trinity, which are without the limits of the city, 21,176 .... The city comprises the parishes of St. Bridget, St. John the Baptist, Little St. John, St. Martin, St. Michael, St. Olave, and St. Peter; and part of the parishes of St. Mary on the Hill, St. Oswald, and the Holy Trinity, and the precinct of the Cathedral Close; all in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester. ...More." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

Chester Parishes

  • Chester is a city, borough, and from 1884 a civil parish (SJ 4066)
  • Since 1974 it has been an unparished area.
  • It includes the districts of Balmoral Park, Boughton, Buddicom, Curzon Park, Five Ashes, Handbridge, Heron Bridge, Overleigh, Queen's Park and Westminster Park.
  • Chester Castle was a separate extra-parochial area and civil parish within the city centre which remained separate from the city and borough of Chester.
  • The population of the borough of Chester was 15052 in 1801, 27766 in 1851, 38309 in 1901, 48237 in 1951, and 58220 in 2001.

Cemeteries

Churches

  • Chester: Cathedral (Church of England). The cathedral church of St. Werburgh.
  • Chester: Holy Trinity (Church of England). An ancient parish church for part of the city of Chester. Closed in 1960.
  • Chester: St. Bridget (Church of England). An ancient parish church for part of the city of Chester. Closed in 1891.
  • Chester: St. John the Baptist (Church of England), An ancient parish church for part of the city of Chester.
  • Chester: St. Martin (Church of England), An ancient parish church serving part of the city of Chester. Closed in 1963.
  • Chester: St. Mary on the Hill (Church of England). An ancient parish church serving part of the city of Chester. Closed in 1972.
  • Chester: St. Mary without the Walls (Church of England). A district church serving part of the city of Chester from 1887.
  • Chester: St. Michael (Church of England). An ancient parish church serving part of the city of Chester. Closed in 1973.
  • Chester: St. Olave (Church of England). An ancient parish church serving part of the city of Chester. Closed in 1972.
  • Chester: St. Oswald (Church of England), An ancient parish church housed in Chester Cathedral, serving part of the city of Chester. Closed in 1882 and succeeded by Chester: St. Thomas of Canterbury.
  • Chester: St. Peter (Church of England). An ancient parish church serving part of the city of Chester.
  • Chester: Little St. John (Church of England), Built in 1717 to serve a formerly extra-parochial part of the city of Chester. Closed in 1967.
  • Chester: Christ Church (Church of England). Built in 1838 as a chapel to St. Oswald. A district church for part of the city of Chester from 1843.
  • Chester: St. Paul (Church of England). Founded in 1838 as a chapel to St. John the Baptist, becoming a district church for part of the city of Chester in 1846.
  • Chester: St. Barnabas (Church of England). Built in 1877 as a chapel of ease to St. John the Baptist. Closed in 1987.
  • Chester: St. Thomas of Canterbury (Church of England). Built in 1872 as a chapel to St. Oswald, which it succeeded as the district church in 1881.
  • Chester: Holy Trinity without the Walls (Church of England). Built in 1960 as a district church to replace Chester: Holy Trinity.
  • Chester: St. Werburgh (Roman Catholic). Founded in 1757.
  • Chester: St. Francis of Assissi (Roman Catholic). Founded in 1858.

For churches and chapels in the areas added in 1936 and 1954, see also Blacon cum Crabwall, Great Boughton, Hoole, Marlston cum Lache and Newton by Chester.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Chester 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

  • Great Boughton (1837-69)
  • Chester (1870-1998)
  • Cheshire West (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)

Court Records

  • Chester (City) (1884-1974)
  • Chester (1974-2001)
  • Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston (2001-12)
  • West Cheshire (2012+)

Description and Travel

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Directories

Description of Chester from  Samuel Lewis - A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831)

Historical Geography

  • 1884 — Created from the parts within Chester Muncipal Borough of the parishes of Holy Trinity (pop. 3020 in 1881), St. Bridget (pop. 1104 in 1881), St. John the Baptist (pop. 10905 in 1881), St. Martin (pop. 779 in 1881), St. Mary on the Hill (pop. 5276 in 1881), St. Michael (pop. 758 in 1881), St. Olave (pop. 579 in 1881), St. Oswald (pop. 11724 in 1881) and St. Peter (pop. 622 in 1881), together with the Abbey Precincts (pop. 245 in 1881), the township of Spital Boughton (pop. 139 in 1881), and part of the township of Great Boughton (pop. 1643 in 1881).
  • 1899 November 9 — Gained part of Chester Castle (pop. 0 in 1901), and lost parts to Blacon cum Crabwall (pop. 0 in 1901)  and Chester Castle (pop. 0 in 1901).
  • 1936 April 1 — Gained parts of Blacon cum Crabwall (985 acres, pop. 774 in 1931), Claverton (3 acres, pop. 0 in 1931), Great Boughton (48 acres, pop. 954 in 1931), Hoole (47 acres, pop. 404 in 1931), Little Saughall (8 acres, pop. 0 in 1931), Marlston cum Lache (35 acres, pop. 41 in 1931)  and Newton by Chester (153 acres, pop. 2134 in 1931), and lost part to Great Boughton (2 acres, pop. 0 in 1931).
  • 1954 April 1 — Gained parts of Hoole (498 acres, pop. 8705 in 1951) and Upton by Chester (22 acres, pop. 10 in 1951).
  • 2015 April 1 — Gained part of Saughall.
You can see the administrative areas in which Chester has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ406664 (Lat/Lon: 53.191341, -2.890511), Chester which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • Chester Municipal Borough (1835-89)
  • Chester County Borough (1889-1974)
  • Chester (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)

Voting Registers

  • Chester City (1832-1974)