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"GRAFTON, a township in the parish of TILSTON, higher division of the hundred of BROXTON, county palatine of CHESTER, 4½ miles (N. W. by N.) from Malpas, containing 21 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Grafton was a township in Tilston ancient parish, Broxton hundred (SJ 4451), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The population was 23 in 1801, 12 in 1851, 2 in 1901, 4 in 1951, and 3 in 2001.
  • In 2015 the civil parish ws abolished and incorporated into Tilston.


  • Tilston: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Grafton.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Tilston 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 (1870-1937)
  • West Cheshire (1937-74)
  • Chester & Ellesmere Port (1974-98)
  • Cheshire West (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009-15)

Court Records

  • Broxton (1828-1974)
  • Chester (1974-2001)
  • Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston (2001-12)
  • West Cheshire (2012-15)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 2015 April 1 — Abolished and incorporated into Tilston.
You can see the administrative areas in which Tilston 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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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ459513 (Lat/Lon: 53.056185, -2.808643), Tilston which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • Tarvin Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Tarvin Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Chester (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009-15)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Great Boughton (1837-71)
  • Tarvin (1871-1930)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Eddisbury (1885-1948)
  • Northwich (1949-54)
  • Nantwich (1955-74)