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"STAPLEFORD (BRUEN), a township in that part of the parish of TARVIN which is in the second division of the hundred of EDDISBURY, county palatine of CHESTER, 4½ miles (W. N. W.) from Tarporley, containing 268. inhabitants. At Hargrave Stubbs, in this township, is a grammar school, founded by Sir Thomas Moulson, Bart., who endowed it with a rent-charge of £20 on certain lands then given by him for charitable uses, and now let for £155 per annum." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Bruen Stapleford was a township in Tarvin ancient parish, Eddisbury hundred (SJ 4964), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It included the hamlet of Stapleford.
  • The population was 161 in 1801, 145 in 1851, 130 in 1901, 119 in 1951, and 66 in 2001.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 2015 and incorporated into Tarvin.


  • Tarvin: St. Andrew (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Bruen Stapleford.


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 (2009-15)

Court Records

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

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 1963 April 1 — Gained part of Foulk Stapleford (1 hectare, pop. 0 in 1961) and lost part to Foulk Stapleford (1 hectare, pop. 0 in 1961)
  • 2015 April 1 — Abolished and incorporated into Tarvin.


Politics and Government

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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

Voting Registers

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