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Great Neston

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"NESTON (GREAT), a parish in the higher division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the market-town of Great Neston, and the townships of Ledsham, Leighton, Ness, Little Neston, Raby, Thornton-Mayow, and Willaston, and containing 3216 inhabitants, of which number, 1418 are in the market-town of Great Neston, 11 miles (N.W.) from Chester, and 191¼ (N.W.) from London. The town is pleasantly situated on the south-west side of a peninsula, formed by the aestuaries of the rivers Dee and Mersey, and derives its chief support from visitors, during the summer months, for the benefit of bathing; races are held on Whit-Monday and the two following days. The canal between the Mersey and the Dee passes near this town. The market is on Friday; and fairs are held, February 2nd, May 29th; and September 29th, for cattle. A court leet and baron is held annually; a court for the recovery of debts throughout the hundred of Wirrall, every month,  and petty sessions. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £11. 5., and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Chester. The church is dedicated to St. Mary and St. Helen. There are places of worship for Independents and Wesleyan Methodists. A National school is supported by voluntary contributions; and there is a savings bank." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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  • Great Neston, also a township in Neston ancient parish, Wirral hundred (SJ 2877), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1894 to become part of Neston cum Parkgate.
  • It included the hamlets of Clayhill, Hinderton, Moorside and part of Parkgate.
  • The population was 1486 in 1801, 1524 in 1851, and 2201 in 1901.

For the period after 1894, see Neston cum Parkgate.

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Churches

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Civil Registration

  • Wirral (1837-94)
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Court Records

  • Wirral (1828-94)
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Historical Geography

Places associated with Neston ancient parish with separate pages

 

  • 1894 September 30 — Abolished and incorporated into Neston cum Parkgate (pop. 2201 in 1901)
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Politics & Government

  • Neston & Parkgate Urban Sanitary District (1875-94)
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Wirral (1836-94)
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  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
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  • Wirral (1885-94)