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"ECCLESTON, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of BROXTON, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Eaton and Eccleston, and containing 358 inhabitants, of which number, 292 are in the township of Eccleston, 2¾ miles (S.) from Chester. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £15. 13. 11½., and in the patronage of Earl Grosvenor, at whose expense the church, dedicated to St. Mary, and the burial-place of the family, was rebuilt in 1808: it is an elegant structure of red stone, with an embattled tower crowned with pinnacles; over the altar is a painting, by Caravaggio, of the Nativity. The village is situated on the river Dee, where is a free school, established by Earl Grosvenor. Eccleston was occupied by Sir William Brereton's army, during the siege of Chester, in 1645. The old Watling-street passes through the parish, and near the church is a tumulus." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Eccleston, also a township in Eccleston ancient parish, Broxton hundred (SJ 4062), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It included the hamlets of Belgrave and Morris Oak.
  • The population was 199 in 1801, 289 in 1851, 320 in 1901, 272 in 1951, and 184 in 2001.
  • In 2015 the civil parish was abolished and incorporated into Eaton & Eccleston and Dodleston.


  • Eccleston: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Eccleston.

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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+)

Court Records

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

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Places associated with Eccleston ancient parish with separate pages


You can see the administrative areas in which Eccleston has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Politics and Government

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Great Boughton (1837-53)
  • Hawarden (1853-71)
  • Chester (1871-1930)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Eddisbury (1885-1948)
  • Chester (1918-74)