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"BICKLEY, a township in the parish of MALPAS, higher division of the hundred of BROXTON, county palatine of CHESTER, 3½ miles (E. N. E.) from Malpas, containing 431 inhabitants. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. On the 18th of July, 1657, about a quarter of an acre of elevated ground, covered with full-grown trees, sunk suddenly with & thundering noise to such a depth below the surface ot the surrounding ground, that even the summits of the trees were not visible, from their total immersion in water: the water has long been dried up, and the chasm, called the Barrel-Fall, from being situated on the Barrel farm, is now quite dry. In a field adjoining this farm, two tablets of copper, bearing an inscription importing that certain privileges were thereby granted by Trajan to some veteran soldiers serving in this island, and now deposited in the British Museum, were discovered in 1812." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Bickley was a township in Malpas ancient parish, Broxton hundred (SJ 5348), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It included the hamlets of Barmere, Bickley Moss, Bickley Town, Bickleywood, Cross Lanes, Hetherson Green, No Man's Heath (part) and Willey Moor (part).
  • The population was 435 in 1801, 467 in 1851, 383 in 1901, 325 in 1951, and 498 in 2001.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 2015 and incorporated into No Man's Heath & District.


  • Malpas: St. Oswald (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Bickley.
  • Bickley: St. Winefrede (Church of England). The district church for part of Bickley since 1893.
  • Bickley, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1882.


Civil Registration

  • Nantwich (1837-53)
  • Whitchurch (1853-1937)
  • West Cheshire (1937-74)
  • Chester & Ellesmere Port (1974-98)
  • Cheshire West (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009-15)

Court Records

  • Broxton (1828-1974)
  • Chester (1974-2001)
  • Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston (2001-12)
  • West Cheshire (2012-15)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography


Politics and Government

  • Whitchurch Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Malpas Rural District (1894-1936)
  • Tarvin Rural District (1936-74)
  • Chester (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009-15)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Nantwich (1837-53)
  • Whitchurch (1853-1930)

Voting Registers

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