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"BUDWORTH (GREAT), a parish, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the chapelry of Hartford, and the townships of Castle-Northwich and Winnington, in the second division of the hundred of EDDISBURY; the chapelries of Northwich, Nether Peover, and Witton with Twambrook, and the townships of Allostock, Birches, Hulse, Lack-Dennis, Lostock-Gralam, and a small portion of that of Rudheath, in the hundred of NORTHWICH; and the chapelries of Aston by Budworth, Little Leigh, and Stretton, and the townships of Anderton, Antrobus, Barnton, Bartington, Great Budworth, Cogshall, Comberbach, Crowley, Dutton, Hull with Appleton, Marbury, Marston, Little Peover, Pickmere, Plumley, Seven-Oaks, Tabley Inferior, Lower Whitley, Over Whitley, and Wincham, in the hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER, and containing 14,344 inhabitants, of which number, 501 are in the township of Great Budworth, 3 miles (N. by E.) from Northwich. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the King's books at £6. 10., and in the patronage of the Dean and Canons of Christ Church, Oxford. The church, dedicated to St. Mary and All Saints, consists of a nave, chancel, side aisles, and two transepts, with a fine tower; it sustained considerable damage from the parliamentarian troops in 1647, who destroyed the pipes of the organ, and perpetrated other outrages. The village is pleasantly situated on a gentle acclivity, near two sheets of water, called Budworth-mere and Pic-mere. The inhabitants are employed to a considerable extent in the manufacture of salt, which prevails throughout the entire neighbourhood. The river Weaver and the Duke of Bridgewater's canal pass through the parish. In the north-eastern angle of the churchyard is a school-room, supposed to have been built by John Dean, rector of St. Bartholomew's the Great, London, about the year 1600, and endowed with the interest of £200 given by Mr. Pickering of Thelwall, and Mrs. Glover." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Great Budworth, also a township in Great Budworth ancient parish, Bucklow hundred (SJ 6577), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Belmont, Brownslow and Budworth Heath.
  • The population was 463 in 1801, 643 in 1851, 476 in 1901, 412 in 1951, and 373 in 2001.


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Civil Registration

  • Runcorn (1837-1974)
  • Vale Royal (1974-98)
  • Cheshire Central (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)

Court Records

  • Bucklow (1828-39)
  • Daresbury (1839-71)
  • Leftwich (1871-99)
  • Northwich (1899-1974)
  • Vale Royal (1974-2012)
  • West Cheshire (2012+)

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Great Budworth - "The most picturesque village in Cheshire."

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Politics and Government

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

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Northwich (1885-1948)
  • Runcorn (1949-74)