"BIDSTONE, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the chapelry of Birkenhead, and the townships of Bidstone with Ford, Claughton with Grange, Moreton, and Saughall-Massey, and containing 1014 inhabitants, of which number, 257 are in the township of Bidstone with Ford, 9½ miles (N.) from Great Neston. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £200 and £35 per annum private benefaction, £200 royal bounty, and £1300 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Chester. A lighthouse, standing on an elevated site in this township, was purchased by the corporation of Liverpool, under an act obtained in 1762, and is supported by a duty levied on all vessels sailing to or from that port. A school is endowed with £8 per annum, and a house and garden for the master." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) ©Mel Lockie]
"FORD, a joint township with Bidstone, in the parish of BIDSTONE, lower division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, 8½ miles (N.) from Great Neston, containing 257 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) ©Mel Lockie]
- Bidston cum Ford, also a township in Bidston ancient parish, Wirral hundred (SJ 2889), became a civil parish in 1866.
- The civil parish was abolished in 1933 to become parts of Birkenhead and Wallasey.
- It included the hamlets of Bidston Moss and Ford.
- The population was 199 in 1801, 293 in 1851, and 465 in 1901.
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Places associated with Bidston ancient parish with separate pages
- Bidston cum Ford; Birkenhead; Claughton with Grange; Moreton (near Wallasey); Oxton; Saughall Massie
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- Wirral Rural Sanitary District (1875-91)
- Birkenhead Rural Sanitary District (1891-94)
- Wirral Rural District (1891-1933)