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"BUDWORTH (LITTLE), a parish in the first division of the hundred of EDDISBURY, county palatine of CHESTER, 3¾ miles (N. E. by E.) from Tarporley, containing 524 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £10 per annum private benefaction, £400 royal bounty, and £800 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Bishop of Chester, who is the impropriator, on the nomination of the lessee of the great tithes. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, belonged, previously to the dissolution, to St. Mary's nunnery in Chester, and was called a free chapel within the parish of Over, the church of which was also appropriated to the same convent: the nave and the chancel were rebuilt with stone, in 1798, pursuant to the will of Mr. Ralph Kirkham, a wealthy merchant in Manchester, and a native of this parish, who gave £1000 for that purpose; his remains were interred here. Horseraces were formerly held on a four-mile course, but they have long been discontinued. A school-house was erected in 1706, near the park wall at Oulton, in which about twenty children are instructed. Lady Isabella Dod, by will dated in 1720, bequeathed £2500 for the erection and endowment of ahnshouses for the support of twelve poor persons of Little Budworth, and eight of a town an Buckinghamshire." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Little Budworth,  a township and ancient parish in Eddisbury hundred (SJ 5965), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Commonside and Oulton Park.
  • The population was 434 in 1801, 578 in 1851, 600 in 1901, 508 in 1951, and 649 in 2001.


  • Little Budworth: St. Peter (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Little Budworth.
  • Little Budworth, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1888.
  • Over: St. Chad (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Low Oulton, which became part of Little Budworth in 1892.

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Civil Registration

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

Court Records

  • Eddisbury (1828-1974)
  • Vale Royal (1974-2012)
  • West Cheshire (2012+)

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Politics and Government

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

Voting Registers

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