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"BEESTON, a township in that part of the parish of BUNBURY which is in the first division of the hundred of EDDISBURY, county palatine of CHESTER, 3 ¾ miles (S.S.W.) from Tarporley, containing 441 inhabitants. On a rocky eminence, affording a fine view over the Vale Royal, are the massive ruins of Beeston Castle, comprising part of a tower which guarded the principal entrance, flanked by semicircular ones, which formed the inner ward, occupying nearly an acre of ground, and protected by a moat excavated in the solid rock; the outer walls were guarded by eight round towers irregularly placed, and are now, for the greater part, romantically covered with ivy and other foliage: in the outer court is a considerable stone quarry. This fortress, founded by Ranulph de Blundeville, about 1220, was made a royal garrison in the war between Henry III. and the barons; and, in 1643, it was held by a detachment of the parliamentary forces. Having been subsequently taken by the royalists, it was surrendered by them for want of provisions, after a long siege, in 1645, and, early in the following year, was demolished. Courts leet and baron are held here. There is a small endowment for the instruction of poor children. A mineral spring was discovered about fifteen years ago." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Beeston was a township in Bunbury ancient parish, Eddisbury hundred (SJ 5459), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Beeston Brook (part), Beestongate, Castleside, Cuerdon and Ettley Hill.
  • The population was 377 in 1801, 397 in 1851, 285 in 1901, 284 in 1951, and 199 in 2001.


  • Bunbury: St. Boniface (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Beeston.
  • Beeston, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1911.


Civil Registration

  • Nantwich (1837-92)
  • Chester (1892-1937)
  • 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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Politics and Government

  • Nantwich Rural Sanitary District (1875-92)
  • Tarvin Rural Sanitary District (1892-94)
  • Tarvin Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Chester (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Nantwich (1837-92)
  • Tarvin (1892-1930)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Eddisbury (1885-1948)
  • Northwich (1949-54)
  • Nantwich (1955-74)