DODCOTT CUM WILKESLEY
"DODCOT, a township, joint with Wilkesley, partly in the parish of WUENBURY, but chiefly in that of AUDLEM, hundred of NANTWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, 4 miles (W. S. W.) from Audlem, containing 670 inhabitants. The chapel of Burley Dam, which is in the parish of Audlem, stands in this township; it is a neat modern structure, founded by Sir Lynch Salusbury Cotton, Bart. In that part of the township which is in the parish of Wrenbury, Hugh de Malbanc, in 1133, founded the Cistercian monastery of Combermere, and dedicated it to St. Mary and St. Michael, the revenue of which, at the dissolution, was valued at £258. 6. 6.: the site and buildings were granted, in the 32nd of Henry VIII., to William Cotton, Esq., an ancestor of Lord Combermere, whose family seat, occupying the spot, is agreeably situated on the margin of the beautiful lake of Combermere, his lordship deriving the title of baron from this place." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) ©Mel Lockie]
"BURLEY-DAM, a chapelry in the parish of ACTON, hundred of NANTWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, miles (W. by S.) from Audlem. The population is returned with the parish. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £400 private benefaction, and £1000 royal bounty, and in the patronage of Viscount Combermere." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) ©Mel Lockie]
"WILKESLEY, a township, joint with Dodcot, partly in the parish of WRENBURY, but chiefly in the parish of AUDLEM, hundred of NANTWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, 3¾ miles (S. W. by W.) from Audlem. The population is returned with Dodcot." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) ©Mel Lockie]
- Dodcott cum Wilkesley was a township in the ancient parishes of Audlem and Wrenbury Parishes, Nantwich hundred (SJ 5454), which became a civil parish in 1866.
- It includes the hamlets of Burleydam (part), Butterley Heyes, Cheshire Fields, Combermere, Lightwood Green, Pinsley Green, Royal's Green, Smeaton Wood and Wilkesley.
- The population was 755 in 1801, 631 in 1851, 626 in 1901, 451 in 1951, and 380 in 2001.
- Audlem: St. James the Great (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the greater part (3937 acres, pop. 244 in 1871) of the township of Dodcott cum Wilkesley.
- Wrenbury: St. Margaret (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the smaller part (1866 acres) of the township of Dodcott cum Wilkesley.
- Burleydam: St. Mary the Virgin & St. Michael (Church of England). Founded in 1735 as a chapel to Wrenbury: St. Margaret. A district church for part of Dodcott cum Wilkesley from 1869.
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