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Christleton

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"CHRISTLETON, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of BROXTON, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Christleton, Cotton-Abbots, Cotton-Edmund's, Littleton, and Rowton, and containing 954 inhabitants, of which number, 701 are in the township of Christleton, 2¼ miles (E. by S.) from Chester. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £39. 5., and in the patronage of Sir Thomas Mostyn, Bart. The church, dedicated to St. James, existed prior to the Conquest: the body has been wholly rebuilt of brick, but the stone tower bears the date 1530. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. This place formed, at the time of the Norman survey, a part of the barony of Malpas, at which period it is said to have been very populous; it continued of some importance, and was fortified for the parliament, having been made the headquarters of Sir William Brereton; but on the siege of Chester being raised, in February 1645, it was, in a sally of the citizens, very nearly destroyed by fire. The Chester and Ellesmere canal passes close to the village. In 1779, John Sellers, of Littleton, left a small bequest for teaching poor children; and a school-house was built in 1800, principally by a bequest from John Hignett, Esq." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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  • Christleton, also a township in Christleton ancient parish, Broxton hundred (SJ 4466), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Birch Heath, Brown Heath (part), Little Heath, Rowton Bridge and Stamford Heath.
  • The population was 651 in 1801, 719 in 1851, 859 in 1901, 1311 in 1951, and 2112 in 2001.
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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+)
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Court Records

  • Broxton (1828-71)
  • Chester Castle (1871-1974)
  • Chester (1974-2001)
  • Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston (2001-12)
  • West Cheshire (2012+)
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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"CHRISTLETON, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of Broxton, in the county of Chester, 2½ miles S.E. of Chester. It comprises the townships of Christleton, Rowton, Littleton, Cotton Edmunds, and Cotton Abbots. The North .Western railway passes at a short distance from the village. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Chester, value £900, in the patronage of the Rev. E. T. Evans. The church, dedicated to St. James, was built in 1739; it is a beautiful edifice in the decorated style, and has a peal of eight bells. The Independents have a chapel, and there are National and Sunday schools for both sexes. A great deal of cheese is made in this parish."

"COTTON ABBOTTS, a township in the parish of Christleton, lower division of the hundred of Broxton, in the county of Chester, 4½ miles E. of Chester, its post town. The Crewe branch of the North-Western railway passes within a few miles."

"COTTON EDMUND'S, a township in the parish of Christleton, lower division of the hundred of Broxton, in the county of Chester, 4 miles E. of Chester, its post town. It derives its name from Edmund de Cotton, whose ancestors possessed the manor in the reign of Henry III., and in whose family it remained until the reign of Henry VII. Thomas Brock, Esq., is lord of the manor."

"LITTLETON, a township in the parish of Christleton, lower division of Broxton hundred, county palatine of Chester, 2 miles E. of Chester. The Crewe railway passes through the township. Littleton Hall is a handsome seat."

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Historical Geography

Places associated with Christelton ancient parish with separate pages

 

  • 1888 March 24 — Lost a detached part to Waverton (4 acres, pop. 7 in 1891, including a farm house at Egg Bridge)
  • 1963 April 1 — Gained parts of Barrow (1 hectare, pop. 0 in 1961), Cotton Edmunds (under 1 hectare, pop. 0 in 1961) and Tarvin (under 1 hectare, pop. 0 in 1961), and lost parts to Barrow (1 hectare, pop. 0 in 1961) and Tarvin (under 1 hectare, pop. 0 in 1961)
  • 2015 April 1 — Lost two parts to Littleton, and gained part of Great Boughton and the whole of Cotton Edmunds..

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Maps

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Politics & Government

  • Chester Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Chester Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Chester (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Great Boughton (1837-71)
  • Chester (1871-1930)
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Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Eddisbury (1885-1915)
  • Chester (1918-74)