The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868
"WRENBURY, a parish in the hundred of Nantwich, county Chester, 5 miles S.W. of Nantwich, and 6 N.E. of Whitchurch. It is a station on the Crew, Whitchurch, and Shrewsbury branch of the London and North-Western railway. The parish includes the townships of Broomhall, Chorley, Dodcott-cum-Wilkesley, Newhall, Sound, and Woodcott, with the hamlet of Wrenbury Frith. The river Weaver, and the Chester and Ellesmere canal, pass through the parish. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Chester, value £150, in the patronage of the Vicar of Acton. The church is dedicated to St. Margaret. In the chancel are mural tablets of the Starkey and Cotton families. The Primitive Methodists have a chapel. There are free, National, and Sunday schools. The charities produce about £100 per annum. The Marquis of Cholmondeley is lord of the manors of Wrenbury and Chorley, and the Earl of Kilmore of the manors of Broomhall and Woodcott. Mrs. Beckett is lady of the manor of Sound."
"BROOMHALL, a township in the parish of Wrenbury, hundred of Nantwich, in the county palatine of Chester, 3 miles to the S. of Nantwich."
"CHORLEY, a township in the parish of Wrenbury, in the hundred of Nantwich, in the county of Chester, 2 miles N.W. of Wrenbury. The Primitive Methodists have a place of worship. The Marquis of Cholmondeley is lord of the manor."
"DODCOTT-CUM-WILKESLEY, a township and chapelry in the parishes of Audlem and Wrenbury, hundred of Nantwich, in the county palatine of Chester, 31 miles S.W. of Audlem. Whitchurch is its post town. It contains the hamlets of Burley-Dam and Wilkesley. Combermere Abbey, a monastery of the Benedictine Order, was founded here about the middle of the 12th century by Hugh de Malbank; at the Dissolution its revenue was valued at £258 6s. 6d. The site was granted by Henry VIII. to an ancestor of Viscount Combermere, whose family seat, built out of the ruins of the old monastery, occupies a spot on the margin of Combermere Lake, from which he takes his title of baron. At Burlem Down is a chapel dedicated to St. Michael, the living of which is a perpetual curacy, value £100, in the patronage of Viscount Combermere, who is lord of the) manor, and owner of the whole of the soil. The parochial charities produce about £55 per annum."
"FRITH, a township in the parish of Wrenbury, hundred of Nantwich, county palatine Chester, 5 miles S.W. of Nantwich."
"WILKESLEY, a township in the parishes of Audlem and Wrenbury, hundred of Nantwich, county Chester, 3½ miles S.W. of Audlem. It is joined with Dodcot."
"WOODCOTT, a township in the parish of Wrenbury, county Chester, 4 miles S.E. of Nantwich, on the Ellesmere canal."