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"BOUGHTON (GREAT), a township in that part of the parish of ALDFORD which is in the lower division of the hundred of BROXTON, county palatine of CHESTER, l¼ mile (E.) from Chester, containing 911 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Great Boughton (pronounced Baw-tun) was a township in St. Oswald's ancient parish, Broxton hundred (SJ 4266), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Boughton Heath, Butterbache (part), Piper's Ash (part), Tarvin Bridge and Vicars Cross (part only until 2015).
  • The population was 544 in 1801, 1164 in 1851, 1034 in 1901, 3164 in 1951, and 8682 in 2001.


  • Chester: St. Oswald (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Great Boughton.
  • Chester: St. Paul (Church of England). The district church for Great Boughton from 1846.


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

  • 1884 — Lost the part in Chester Municipal Borough to Chester (pop. 1643 in 1881)
  • 1936 April 1 — Gained parts of Chester (2 acres, pop. 0 in 1931) and Hoole (18 acres, pop. 126 in 1931), and lost parts to Chester (48 acres, pop. 954 in 1931) and Hoole (5 acres, pop. 0 in 1931)
  • 2015 April 1 — Lost parts to Christleton and Guilden Sutton, and gained part of Littleton.

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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 (1837-71)
  • Chester (1871-1930)

Voting Registers

  • Chester (1832-1974)