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"BACKFORD, a parish comprising the townships of Backford, Chorlton, Lea, and Great Mollington, in the higher division of the hundred of WIRRALL, and the township of Conghall, in the lower division of the hundred of BROXTON, county palatine of CHESTER, and containing 450 inhabitants, of which number, 140 are, in the township of Backford, 4 miles (N.) from Chester. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £5. 0. 5., endowed with £400 private benefaction, an £400 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Chester. The church is dedicated to St. Oswald. The Ellesmere canal passes along the southern side of the parish." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

"CONGHALL, or COUGHALL, a township in that part of the parish of BACKFORD which is in the lower division of the hundred of BROXTON, county palatine of CHESTER, 3½ miles (N. by E.) from Chester, containing 23 inhabitants. The Ellesmere canal passes near this place." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Backford, also a township in the ancient parishes of Backford and Stoak, Wirral hundred (SJ 3972), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Backford Cross (part) and Strawberry.
  • The population was 138 in 1801, 155 in 1851, 141 in 1901, 119 in 1951, and 109 in 2001.


  • Backford: St. Oswald (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the greater part (756 acres) of the township of Backford.
  • Stoak: St. Lawrence (Church of England). The ancient parish church for a small part (8 acres) of the township of Backford

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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+)

Court Records

  • Wirral (1828-71)
  • Chester Castle (1871-1974)
  • Chester (1974-2001)
  • Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston (2001-12)
  • West Cheshire (2012+)

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Historical Geography

Places associated with Backford ancient parish with separate pages


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Politics and Government

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Wirral (1885-1915)
  • Chester (1918-74)