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"LATCHFORD, a chapelry in the parish of GRAPPENHALL, hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER, 1½ mile (S.E.) from Warrington, containing 1252 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £400 private benefaction, £1000 royal bounty, and £ 1400 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Rector of Grappenhall. The church, dedicated to St. James, has lately received an addition of seven hundred and eighty-seven sittings, of which four hundred are free, the Incorporated Society for the enlargement of churches and chapels having contributed £400 towards defraying the expense. The Duke of Bridgewater's, the Mersey, and the Irwell, canals pass through this parish. A cotton manufactory has been recently established here. Latchford had anciently two weekly markets and two annual fairs, granted in the fourteenth century." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Latchford was a township in Grappenhall ancient parish, Bucklow hundred (SJ 6187), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was transferred from Cheshire to Lancashire in 1894, and was abolished in 1898 to become part of Warrington (Lancashire).
  • It includes the hamlet of Wilderspool.
  • The population was 754 in 1801, 2542 in 1851, and 6528 in 1891.
For the period after 1898, see Warrington (Lancashire).


  • Grappenhall: St. Wilfrid (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Latchford.
  • Latchford: St. James the Great (Church of England). Built in 1777 as a chapel to Grappenhall: St. Wilfrid, becoming the district church for part of Latchford in 1866.
  • Latchford: Christ Church (Church of England), The district church for the rest of Latchford from 1866.
  • Latchford: Our Lady of the Assumption (Roman Catholic). Founded in 1869.
  • Latchford: St. Augustine & The English Martyrs (Roman Catholic). Founded by 1991.
  • Latchford, Friends' Meeting House (Quaker).
  • Latchford, Bethel Baptist Church, Ackers Lane. Built in 1852.
  • Latchford, Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Knutsford Road.
  • Latchford, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Knutsford Road. Built in 1898
  • Latchford, Presbyterian Church, Wilderspool Causeway.

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Civil Registration

  • Runcorn (1837-45)
  • Warrington (1845-98)

Court Records

  • Bucklow (1828-39)
  • Daresbury (wholly, 1839-47 ; partly, 1847-94) *
  • Warrington (Borough) (partly, 1847-94 ; wholly, 1894-98) *

* The part in Daresbury (1847-94) became the civil parish of Latchford Without in 1894.

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Historical Geography

  • 1884 March 25 — Gained detached parts Nos. 1 and 2 from Thelwall (106 acres, pop. 0 in 1891, including Westy Barn Field and Old Warps), and part of Warrington, Lancashire (pop. 2 in 1891)
  • 1894 — Lost the part outside Warrington County Borough to Latchford Without (pop. 478 in 1901), and transferred from Cheshire to Lancashire.
  • 1896 November 9 — Gained parts of Appleton (pop. 467 in 1901), Latchford Without (pop. 183 in 1901) and Walton Inferior (pop. 0 in 1901)
  • 1898 September 30 — Abolished and incorporated into Warrington (Lancashire) (pop. 7985 in 1901)

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Politics and Government

  • Warrington Municipal Borough (partly, 1847-89)
  • Warrington County Borough (partly, 1889-94 ; wholly 1894-98)
  • Warrington Urban Sanitary District (partly, 1875-94)
  • Warrington Rural Sanitary District (partly, 1875-94) *

* The part in Warrington Rural Sanitary District became the civil parish of Latchford Without in 1894.


Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Runcorn (1837-45)
  • Warrington (1845-98)

Voting Registers

  • Warrington (1832-1898)