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"IRBY, a township in the parish of WOODCHURCH, lower division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, 5 miles (N. by W.) from Parkgate, containing 145 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Irby was a township in the ancient parishes of Woodchurch and Thurstaston, Wirral hundred (SJ 2584), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • Since 1974 it has been an unparished area in the county of Merseyside.
  • The population was 96 in 1801, 180 in 1851, and 146 in 1901.


  • Woodchurch: Holy Cross (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the greater part (583 acres, pop. 142 in 1871) of the township of Irby.
  • Thurstaston: St. Bartholomew (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the smaller part (259 acres, pop. 9 in 1871) of the township of Irby.
  • Irby, Methodist Chapel (Primitive).

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Irby area or see them printed on a map.


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 Arrowe (267 acres, pop. 20 in 1931)

You can see the administrative areas in which IRBY has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


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)