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FRODSHAM

"FRODSHAM, a parish in the second division of the hundred of EDDISBURY, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the market-town of Frodsham, the chapelry of Alvanley, the lordship of Frodsham, and the townships of Helsby, Kingsley, Mauley, Newton, and Norley, and containing 5451 inhabitants, of which number, 1556 are in the town of Frodsham, 10 miles (N. E. by N.) from Chester, and 192 (N. N. W.) from London. Frodsham is mentioned in Domesday-book as being the property of the Earl of Chester. The town, situated on an eminence on the banks of the river Weever, near its confluence with the Mersey, consists of a broad street, a mile in length, extending along the road from Chester to Warrington, and another branching from it and leading to the church; at the east end is a stone bridge of four arches, over the Weever, which is here navigable, and at the west end anciently stood a Norman castle. A charter was granted about 1220, by Ranulph de Blundeville, sixth earl of Chester, to the burgesses of Frodsham, which was pleaded in reply to a writ of Quo Warranto, issued in the 22nd of Henry VII., and confirmed in the 33d of Henry VIII. and 21st of Elizabeth; but the manor having been separated from the earldom about the beginning of the seventeenth century, the chartered privileges of the burgesses expired. Courts leet and baron are now held twice a year, and there are two presentments, one for the borough and fee, and the other for the borough and lordship; and for each of these townships a constable is appointed and sworn in court. The lord of the manor has the tolls of a market held on Saturdays, and of two fairs, on the 15th of May and the 21st of August: the market, owing to the vicinity of Warrington, is inconsiderable. The principal branch of trade carried on is the refining of salt, besides which here are flour-mills and cotton factories. In the township of Manley is a quarry of excellent freestone. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £23. 13. l1., and in the patronage of the Dean and Canons of Christ Church, Oxford. The church, dedicated to St. Lawrence, is situated on elevated ground, adjacent to the village of Overton, but within the township of Frodsham; it is built of red freestone, and appears to be of high antiquity, as the nave displays manifest traces of Norman architecture. An organ was erected in 1790, and the organist receives a salary arising from a tenement called the Organ Lot. Wesleyan Methodists have a place of worship here. There is a free school, built about 1860, near the church: the master is chosen by twenty-four feoffees, consisting of the vicar and churchwardens, with four feoffees out of the township and lordship, three out of Kingsley, and two each from Norley, Newton, Alvanley, Manley, and Hellesby: he has a good house in Overton, and a salary of more than £100 per annum from lands at Frodsham, and a rent-charge on an estate at Christleton: the usher receives £7 per annum from an estate in Overton. Mrs. Gastrell bequeathed a rent-charge of £10 per annum, upon an estate near the town, to the Warrington Society, for the relief of widows and orphans of the clergy in the archdeaconry of Chester; and there are various charitable benefactions of less importance." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Frodsham was a township in Frodsham ancient parish, Eddisbury hundred (SJ 5177), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Frodsham Bridge, Frodsham Marsh, Marsh Green, Newtown and Snidley Moor.
  • The population was 1250 in 1801, 2179 in 1851, 2728 in 1901, 5245 in 1951, and 8982 in 2001.

Churches

  • Frodsham: St. Lawrence (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Frodsham.
  • Frodsham: St. Luke (Roman Catholic), Ship Street. Founded in 1949.
  • Click for photo of churchFrodsham, Trinity Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1823 in Chapel Lane, rebuilt in 1873 in Main Street. Registers of Marriages 1874-96 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Frodsham, Rock Methodist Chapel (Main Street). Built in 1837, closed in 1937. Registers 1894-1913 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Frodsham, Bourne Methodist Chapel (Free), Main Street. Built in 1877.
  • Frodsham, Newton Hall Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1951, closed in 1983. Registers 1951-1983 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Click for photo of churchFrodsham, United Reformed Church (formerly Independent/Congregational and Baptist), Bridge Lane. Built in 1886.

For churches and chapels in the areas added in 1936, see also Frodsham Lordship.

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Civil Registration

  • Runcorn (1837-1974)
  • Vale Royal (1974-98)
  • Cheshire Central (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)

Court Records

  • Eddisbury (1828-1974)
  • Vale Royal (1974-2012)
  • West Cheshire (2012+)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 1883 March 25 — Lost eight detached parts to Frodsham Lordship (108 acres, pop. 150 in 1891, including Brecon Hill and Five Crosses), and gained seven detached parts of Frodsham Lordship (159 acres, pop. 0 in 1891)
  • 1936 April 1 — Gained the whole of Frodsham Lordship (2630 acres, pop. 1563 in 1931) and of Lands common to Frodsham and Frodsham Lordship (289 acres, pop. 0 in 1931)
  • 1988 April 1 — Lost part to Helsby.
  • 2015 April 1 — Gained parts of Kingsley and Sutton (near Runcorn).
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Politics and Government

  • Runcorn Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Runcorn Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Vale Royal (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Eddisbury (1885-1948)
  • Runcorn (1949-74)