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Little Leigh

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"LEIGH (LITTLE), a chapelry in that part of the parish of GREAT-BUDWORTH which is in the hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER, 3½ miles (N. W. by W.) from Northwich, containing 359 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £800 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Vicar of Great Budworth. The chapel is an ancient building, repaired in 1664 by the inhabitants, with the assistance of a small sum from the parishioners at large. Here is a place of worship for Baptists. There are some trifling donations for the education of children. The Grand Trunk canal passes in the vicinity." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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  • Little Leigh was a township and chapelry in Great Budworth ancient parish, Bucklow hundred (SJ 6176), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Shutley Common and Willow Green.
  • The population was 380 in 1801, 407 in 1851, 366 in 1901, 528 in 1951, and 575 in 2001.
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Civil Registration

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

  • Bucklow (1828-39)
  • Daresbury (1839-1906)
  • Northwich (1906-74)
  • Vale Royal (1974-2012)
  • West Cheshire (2012+)
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Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 2015 April 1 — Lost part to Acton Bridge, and gained part of Barnton.

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Maps

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Politics & Government

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

  • Northwich
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Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Northwich (1885-1974)