"NANTWICH, a parish in the hundred of NANTWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the market-town of Nantwich, and the townships of Alvaston, Leighton, and Woolstanwood, and containing 5333 inhabitants, of which number, 4661 are in the town of Nantwich, 20 miles (S. E. by E.) from Chester, and 164 (N. W.) from London, on the road to Chester. ... More" [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Nantwich, also  a township in Nantwich ancient parish, Nantwich hundred (SJ 6552), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of The Barony, Newtown, Shrewbridge, Snow Hill, Vauxhall and Wych House Bank.
  • The population was 3463 in 1801, 5579 in 1851, 7722 in 1901, 8843 in 1951, and 12515 in 2001.


  • Nantwich Cemetery, Whitehouse Lane. Opened 1897 (3 acres).

Civil Registration

  • Nantwich (1837-1937)
  • Crewe (1937-74)
  • Congleton & Crewe (1974-88)
  • South Cheshire (1988-98)
  • Cheshire Central (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Nantwich (1828-1974)
  • Crewe & Nantwich (1974-92)
  • South Cheshire (1992+)

Description & Travel

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



The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"NANTWICH, (or Namptwich), a parish and market town in the hundred of Nantwich, county Chester, 20½ miles S.E. of Chester, 161 N.W. of London. It is a railway station on the Crewe and Shrewsbury line. It is situated on a level plain on the old road leading from London to Chester, and principally on the right bank of the river Weaver, which is here crossed by a substantial stone bridge of one arch. At the lower end of the town is an aqueduct for the Grand Junction canal, which passes over the road by an iron bridge, and unites in the neighbourhood with the Chester, the Ellesmere, the Liverpool and Birmingham Junction canals, and the Middlewich branch canal. The parish is of large extent, comprising, besides the town of Nantwich, the chapelries of Alvaston and Leighton, and the hamlets of Willaston and Woolstanwood. The land is chiefly rich pasture, appropriated for dairy farming, and the cheese made is highly esteemed. The town of Nantwich is mentioned in the Domesday Survey by the simple designation Wick, witch in Saxon signifying salt-works, for which the town was anciently famous, and subsequently took the prefix nant from its situation in the rich valley of the Weaver, It was at one time called Wich-Malbane, from William de Malbane, to whom it was granted by Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester, who had built a castle here shortly after the Conquest. It was then enclosed by the river on one side, and on the other by a ditch. Its early history is closely connected with the border wars of the Welsh. In 1113 the town was laid in ruins by the Welsh; but in 1146, having again devastated the surrounding country, they were met at Nantwich by the king's forces, and entirely routed. In 1282 Edward I. advanced to Nantwich against the Welsh, and granted the citizens certain privileges. In the reign of Henry III.


Historical Geography

Places in Nantwich ancient parish with separate pages

AlvastonLeighton (near Nantwich)NantwichWillaston (near Nantwich)WistastonWoolstanwood


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Politics & Government

  • Nantwich Urban Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Nantwich Urban District (1894-1974)
  • Crewe & Nantwich (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Nantwich

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Crewe (1885-1954)
  • Nantwich (1955-74)