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"BARROW, a parish in the second division, of the hundred of EDDISBURY, county palatine of CHESTER, 5 miles (E. N. E.) from Chester, comprising the townships of Great Barrow and Little Barrow, and containing 642 inhabitants, of which number, 393 are in the township of Great Barrow. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £19. 6. 5½., and in the patronage of the Marquis of Cholmondeley. The church is dedicated to St. Bartholomew. A school for poor children is endowed with about £6 per annum. A preceptory of the Knights Hospitallers, founded here in the reign of Henry II., vas valued, at the dissolution, at £107. 3. 8." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

"BARROW (LITTLE), a township in the parish of BARROW, hundred of EDDISBURY, county palatine of CHESTER, 5½ miles (N. E. by E.) from Chester, containing 249 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Barrow, also a township and ancient parish in Eddisbury hundred (SJ 4769), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Broomhill, Great Barrow, Hollowmoor Heath, Little Barrow, Long Green, Milton Brook and Stamford Bridge.
  • The population was 501 in 1801, 659 in 1851, 727 in 1901, 1065 in 1951, and 943 in 2001.


  • Barrow: St. Bartholomew (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Barrow.
  • Great Barrow, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Founded in 1842, closed in 1981. Registers 1924-1961 are at Chester City Record Office.
  • Little Barrow, Methodist Chapel. Built c.1920.

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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

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

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Historical Geography

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Politics and Government

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Eddisbury (1885-1948)
  • Chester (1949-74)