"HANDLEY, a parish comprising the township of Handley, in the higher division, and the township of Golborn-David, in the lower division, of the hundred of BROXTON, county palatine of CHESTER, and containing 332 inhabitants, of which number, 256 are in the township of Handley, 7¾ miles (S. E. by S.) from Chester. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £6. 0. 5., and in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Chester. The church is dedicated to All Saints." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Handley, also  a township in Handley ancient parish, Broxton hundred (SJ 4658), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Mill Hill and Milton Green.
  • The population was 203 in 1801, 307 in 1851, 259 in 1901, 277 in 1951, and 149 in 2001.

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

Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"HANDLEY, a parish in the hundred of Broxton, county Chester, 5 miles S.W. of Tarporley, 7½ S. of Chester, and 3½ from the Waverton station on the Chester and Crewe branch of the London and North-Western railway. It is a small village, situated on the main road from Chester to Whitchurch. The parish contains the township, of Golbourne David. Stone is quarried for building purposes. The soil and subsoil are chiefly a strong clay. There is a flour-mill in the neighbourhood. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Chester, value £253, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church, dedicated to All Saints, was rebuilt in 1854. It is a stone edifice, with its original ancient tower, containing four bells. In the interior is a brass to one of the Venables, dating 1572, and a painted memorial window. The parochial charities produce £4, per annum. There is a mixed school, endowed with £6 per annum, and further supported by the trustees of the late Samuel Sandbach, Esq. There is also a Sunday-school. The ancient mansion of Calveley Hall has been greatly altered, and is now occupied by a farmer. The trustees of the late Samuel Sandbach, Esq., are lords of the manor."

"GOLBOURN-DAVID, a township in the parish of Handley, lower division of the hundred of Broxton, county palatine of Chester, 1½ mile N. of the village of Handley, and 6 S.E. of Chester. The Waverton station on the Crewe and Chester section of the London and North-Western railway is 2 miles distant."


Historical Geography

Places associated with Handley ancient parish with separate pages

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Politics & Government

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Great Boughton (1837-71)
  • Tarvin (1871-1930)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Eddisbury (1885-1948)
  • Northwich (1949-54)
  • Nantwich (1955-74)