"MALPAS, a parish in the higher division of the hundred of BROXTON, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Agden, Bickerton, Bickley, Bradley, Broxton, Buckley, or Bulkeley, Chidlow, Cholmondeley, Chorlton, Cuddington, Duckington, Edge, Egerton, Hampton, Larkton, Macefen, Malpas, Newton juxta Malpas, Oldcastle, Overton, Stockton, Tushingham with Grindley, Wichalgh, and Wigland, and containing 3917 inhabitants, of which number, 1127 are in the township of Malpas, 15 miles (S. S. E.) from Chester, and 165 (N. W.) from London. ... More"  [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

"CHADD (ST.), a chapelry in [in the parish of Malpas] in the higher division of the hundred of BROXTON, county palatine of CHESTER,  2¾ miles (E. by S.) from Malpas. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the first portion of the rectory of Malpas, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £600 private benefaction, and £2900 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Rector of the first portion of Malpas. " [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Malpas, also a township in Malpas ancient parish, Broxton hundred (SJ 4846),  became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Bawbrook, Cross o'th'Hill, Ebnal, Kidnal (from 2015), Lower Wych (from 2015), Newton (from 2015), Oldcastle (from 2015), Oldcastle Heath (from 2015) Overton (from 2015), Oathills, Stockton (from 2015), The Moss, and Wychough (from 2015).
  • The population was 906 in 1801, 1054 in 1851, 1139 in 1901, 1219 in 195, and 1628 in 2001.


  • Malpas Cemetery. Opened 1873 (2.5 acres).

Civil Registration

  • Wrexham (1837-53)
  • Whitchurch (1853-1937)
  • West Cheshire (1937-74)
  • Chester & Ellesmere Port (1974-98)
  • Cheshire West (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)

Court Records

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

Description & Travel

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Transcription for Malpas from Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831)



The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"MALPAS, a parish, post and market town, chiefly in the hundred of Broxton, county Chester, but partly in the hundred of Maylor, county Flint, 5 miles N.E. of Whitchurch, and 10 S. of the Beeston station on the Chester and Crewe railway. It is situated on an eminence near the river Dee and Ellesmere canal, and contains Beckley, Broxton, Bickerton, and 21 other townships. Malpas was anciently called Depembech, signifying a bad pass or road, and was given by Hugh Lupus, the first Norman Earl of Chester, to Robert Fitzhugh, who had a castle here, but no traces of it are now visible, except a circular mound on which the keep stood. The ancient barons exercised capital jurisdiction within the limits of the barony. It has descended through the Sutton, St. Pierres, &c., principally to the Cholmondeleys, who take hence the title of viscount. It is a polling-place for the election of members for the southern division of the county, and petty sessions are held in the town. Courts leet and baron are held annually, at which constables are appointed. The town is situated on an eminence near the Shrewsbury and Chester road, and commands extensive prospects over a great part of North Wales, Stafford- shire, and the Vale Royal. It consists of four streets, which diverge at right angles from a common centre. It is amply supplied with water from a public well, and is well paved. The magistrates meet monthly at Broxton. The excise-office is held at the Red Lion inn. The houses are in general low and irregularly built. The living is a rectory,* in two medieties, called the higher and lower, in the diocese of Chester, value £1,000 and £910 respectively. The church, dedicated to St. Laurence, has a tower containing a clock and six bells. The interior of the church was restored and beautified at great expense in 1841. It forms a grand appearance with its richly clustered pillars supporting six lofty pointed arches, and a gallery at the W. end.


Historical Geography

Places in Malpas ancient parish with separate pages


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Politics & Government

  • Whitchurch Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Malpas Rural District (1894-1936)
  • Tarvin Rural District (1894-74)
  • Chester (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Wrexham (1837-53)
  • Whitchurch (1853-1930)

Voting Registers

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