"EASTHAM, a parish in the higher division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Eastham, Hooton, Nether Pool, Over Pool, Great Sutton, Little Sutton, Thornton-Childer, and a part of that of Whitby, and containing 1430 inhabitants, of which number, 368 are in the township of Eastham, 5 miles (E. N. E.) from Great Neston. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £12. 13., and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Chester. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. About a mile from the village is a ferry on the Mersey, called Eastham ferry; and at the ferry-house is usually held the yearly meeting of the Wirrall Agricultural Society. There are two or three small bequests for the education of poor children." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Eastham, also a township in Eastham ancient parish, Wirral hundred (SJ 3580), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • Since 1974 it has been an unparished area in the county of Merseyside.
  • It includes the hamlets of Carlett Park and Plymyard.
  • The population was 348 in 1801, 419 in 1851, 913 in 1901, and 5598 in 1951.


  • Eastham Churchyard, Eastham Village Road. Maintained jointly by the local authority and St. Mary's Church.
  • Plymyard Cemetery, Bride Road. Opened 1930.

Civil Registration

  • Wirral (1837-1974)
  • Birkenhead (1974-98)
  • Wirral (1998+)

Court Records

  • Wirral (1828+)

Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"EASTHAM, a parish in the higher division of the hundred of Wirrall, county palatine of Chester, 5 miles N.E. of Great Neston, and 9 N.W. of Chester. It is pleasantly situated on the banks of the river Mersey, near the Birkenhead railway, and is a ferry station, from which boats cross to Liverpool several times daily. The parish contains the townships of Ellesmere Port, Eastham, Hooton, Nether and Over Pool, Great and Little Sutton, Thornton-Childer, and Whitby. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Chester, value £240, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church is a commodious edifice, with tower and spire, built by Inigo Jones. It is dedicated to St. Mary, and contains some handsome monuments of the Stanley's and others. There is also a district church at Ellesmere Port, the living of which is a perpetual curacy in the patronage of the bishop. The parochial charities produce about £30 per annum, £7 of which are for the free school. There is a National school for boys and girls. Richard C. Naylor, Esq., is lord of the manor."

"CHILDER THORNTON, (or Thornton Childer), a township in the parish of Eastham, in the higher division of the hundred of Wirrall, in the county of Chester, 7 miles S. of Birkenhead, 8 N.W. of Chester, and 1 from the Hooton and Sutton stations of the Birkenhead, Lancashire, and Cheshire railway.

"ELLESMERE PORT, a hamlet in the parish of Eastham, county palatine of Chester, 7 miles N. of the city of Chester. It is situated on the banks of the river Mersey, at the entrance to the Ellesmere canal. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Chester, in the patronage of the bishop."


Historical Geography

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Politics & Government

  • Wirral Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Wirral Rural District (1894-1933)
  • Bebington Urban District (1933-37)
  • Bebington Municipal Borough (1937-1974)
  • Wirral [Merseyside] (1974+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Wirral

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Wirral (1885-1948)
  • Bebington (1948-74)