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Davenham

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"DAVENHAM, a parish in the hundred of NORTHWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Bostock, Davenham, Eaton, Leftwich, Moulton, Newhall, Rudheath, Shipbrook, Shurlach, Stanthorne, Wharton, and Whatcroft, and containing 3470 inhabitants, (exclusively of 97 in the township of Rudheath, which are returned with the parishes of Great Budworth and Sandbach) of which number, 379 are in the township of Davenham, 2¼ miles (S.) from Northwich. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £23. 13. 1½., and in the patronage of R. W. Tomkinson, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Wilfred. Dayenham derives its name from its situation on the river Daven, or Dane. A school, founded more than a century since, is supported by a rent-charge on Shipbrook-hill farm, and other benefactions, amounting together to about £20 per annum. In the lordship of Rudheath, in this parish, an action was fought on the 22nd of February, 1643, between the king's troops and the parliamentary forces under Sir William Brereton." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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  • Davenham (pronounced Day'vnum), also a township in Davenham ancient parish, Northwich hundred (SJ 6571), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlet of Mere Heath.
  • The population was 327 in 1801, 552 in 1851, 706 in 1901, 2305 in 1951, and 5655 in 2001.
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Civil Registration

  • Northwich (1837-1974)
  • Vale Royal (1974-98)
  • Cheshire Central (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)
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Court Records

  • Northwich (1828-71)
  • Leftwich (1871-99)
  • Northwich (1899-1974)
  • Vale Royal (1974-2012)
  • West Cheshire (2012+)
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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"DAVENHAM, a parish in the hundred of Northwich, in the county of Chester, 2½ miles S.W. of Northwich, and 5 N.E. of Middlewich. It is situated on the river Daven or Dane, near the Grand Junction canal, and comprises the townships of Bostock, Davenham, Eaton, Leftwich, Moulton, Newhall, Rudheath, Shipbrook, Shurlach, Stanthorne, Wharton, and Whatcroft. The name of this parish is derived from its position on the river Daven. Rudheath was the scene of an action between the royalists and parliamentarians in 1643. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Chester, value £727, in the patronage of James F. France, Esq. There is a district church at Wharton, the living of which is a perpetual curacy* in the patronage of the rector; and at Dane Bridge, also, a perpetual curacy, value £160, in the patronage of the crown and bishop alternately. The church is dedicated to St. Wilifred. There are two schools partly supported by endowments. The charities amount to £87 per annum. Here is a Wesleyan chapel. Bostock Hall is the seat of J. F. France, Esq. A fair is held on the 8th May."

"BOSTOCK, a township in the parish of Davenham, hundred of Northwich, in the county palatine of Chester, 2 miles to the N.W. of Middlewick. The Grand Junction rail way passes near it. Bostock Hall is the principal mansion."

"DAVENHAM, a township in the parish of Davenham, hundred of Northwich, in the county of Chester, 2 miles from Northwich, and 4 from Middlewich. It is situated on the river Daven or Dane."

"EATON, a township in the parish of Davenham, hundred of Northwich, county palatine Chester, 2 miles S.W. of Northwich. It is situated on the Grand Junction railway. Lord Delamere is lord of the manor."

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Historical Geography

Places associated with Davenham ancient parish with separate pages

 

  • 1936 April 1 — Gained parts of Eaton (near Davenham) (427 acres, pop. 75 in 1931), Hartford (2 acres, pop. 0 in 1931), Leftwich (712 acres, pop. 1021 in 1931) and Over (1 acre, pop. 0 in 1931)
  • 1955 April 1 — Lost part to Northwich (26 acres, pop. 190 in 1951).
  • 1988 April 1 — Gained parts of Rudheath and Whatcroft, and lost parts to Moulton and Northwich.
  • 2011 April 1 — Lost part to the new parish of Kingsmead.
  • 2015 April 1 — Gained part of Rudheath.

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Politics & Government

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

  • Northwich
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Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Northwich (1885-1974)