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"BEBBINGTON, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Higher Bebbington, Lower Bebbington, Poulton with Spittle, Storeton, and Tranmore, and containing 1678 inhabitants, of which number, 216 are in the township of Higher Bebbington, 6½ miles (N. N. E.), and 316 in that of Lower Bebbington, 5¾ (N. E. by N.), from Great Neston. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £30. 13. 4., and in the patronage of the Rev. S. Feilden and another. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is partly Norman, and partly in the early, decorated, and later styles of English architecture, with a tower surmounted by a spire: the nave is separated from the south aisle by a range of Norman arches, resting on massive cylindrical columns, and the chancel, with its lateral aisles, is of the later English style. Attached to the eastern end of the church is a room, used for a school, which was founded in 1655, and endowed by the parishioners with twenty acres of land, the rent of which, amounting to £25 per annum, is applied to the instruction of the poor children of Lower Bebbington. Strata of excellent freestone exist in this parish, which is of a much whiter quality than that found in any other part of the county. The navigable river Mersey runs along the northern border of the parish." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Bebington and Bromborough was a civil parish created in 1922 by uniting Bromborough, Higher Bebington and Lower Bebington.
  • Since 1974 it has been an unparished area in the county of Merseyside.
  • The population was 39715 in 1951, and 58226 in 2001.

For the period before 1922, see Bromborough, Higher Bebington and Lower Bebington.


Civil Registration

  • Wirral (1922-74)
  • Birkenhead (1974-98)
  • Wirral (1998+)

Court Records

  • Wirral (1922+)

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Politics and Government

  • Bebington & Bromborough Urban District (1922-33)
  • Bebington Urban District (1933-37)
  • Bebington Municpal Borough (1937-74)
  • Wirral Metropolitan Borough [Merseyside] (1974+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Wirral (1922-30)

Voting Registers

  • Wirral (1922-48)
  • Bebington (1949-71)
  • Bebington & Ellesmere Port (1971-74)