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"GAYTON, a township in the parish of HESWALL, lower division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, 3 miles (N. W. by N.) from Great Neston, containing 153 inhabitants. There is a ferry over the Dee into Flintshire, the æstuary at this place being nearly four miles broad." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Gayton was a township in Heswall ancient parish, Wirral hundred (SJ 2780), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • Since 1974 it has been an unparished area in the county of Merseyside.
  • It includes the hamlets of Dawstone and Oldfield.
  • The population was 100 in 1801, 144 in 1851, 180 in 1901, and 832 in 1951.


  • Heswall: St. Peter (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Gayton.
  • Gayton, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1859, closed in 1891 (replaced by a new building in Heswall).

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Civil Registration

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

Court Records

  • Wirral (1828+)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 1933 April 1 — Gained part of Thornton Hough (1 acre, pop. 6 in 1931)

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Politics and Government

  • Wirral Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Wirral Rural District (1894-1933)
  • Wirral Urban District (1933-74)
  • Wirral Metropolitan Borough [Merseyside] (1974+)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Wirral (1885-1974)