"AUDLEM, a parish in the hundred of NANTWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Audlem, Buerton, Dodcot with Wilkesley, Hankelow, and Tittenley, and containing 2795 inhabitants, of which number, 1307 are in the township of Audlem, 7 miles (S.) from Nantwich. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £5. 16. 8., and in the patronage of Sir R. S. Cotton, Bart. The church is dedicated to St. James. There is a place of worship for Particular Baptists. A grant for a market, and a fair on the eve, day, and morrow of St. James the Apostle, was obtained in the 24th of Edward I., which, after long disuse, were revived a few years since. A free grammar school is endowed with £20 per annum by Ralph Bolton, a similar sum by Mr. Gamul, £7 by Tryphena Bolton, and about £40 by an unknown benefactor: here is also an endowed English school." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Audlem, also  a township in Audlem ancient parish, Nantwich hundred (SJ 6643), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Bunsley Bank, Chapel End (part), Copthorne, Corbrook (part), Cox Bank, Daisy Bank, Gorse Croft, Kinsey Heath (part), Little Heath, Longhill (part), Raven's Bank (part), Salford, Swanbach, West View, Woolfall (part).
  • The population was 965 in 1801, 1591 in 1851, 1455 in 1901, 1315 in 1951, and 1790 in 2001.


  • Audlem Cemetery. Opened 1874 (2 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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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"AUDLEM, a parish in the hundred of Nantwich, in the county palatine of Chester, 6 miles to the S. of Nantwich, its post town. It occupies the southern extremity of the county on the border of Shropshire, and contains the townships of Audlem, Buerton, Dodcot-cum-Wilkesley, Hankelow, and Tittenley. The London and North Western railway passes near it. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester, in the patronage of Lord Combermere. The church is dedicated to St. James. Here is a free grammar school founded by Ralph Bolton, the present revenue of which is £40, and an English school, with an endowment of £4 a year. The total value of the parochial charities is £132 per annum. Hankelow Hall is the chief residence. A fair is held on St. James's Day, under a grant by Edward I. The parish has an area of 10,525 acres and a population under 3,000."

"BUERTON, a township in the parish of Audlem, hundred of Nantwich, in the county palatine of Chester, 6 miles to the S. of Nantwich. There are several bequests for the poor, worth £13 a year."


Historical Geography

Places associated with Audlem ancient parish with separate pages


You can see the administrative areas in which Audlem 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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Politics & Government

  • Nantwich Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Nantwich Rural 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)
  • Eddisbury (1885-1948)
  • Crewe (1949-54)
  • Nantwich (1955-74)