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  • Neston cum Parkgate is a civil parish created in 1894 by uniting Great Neston, Little Neston and Leighton (near Neston).
  • In 1974 it became an unparished area, and in 2009 it was abolished to become part of the civil parish of Neston.
  • The population was 4154 in 1901, 7005 in 1951, and 15162 in 2001.

For the period before 1894, see Great Neston, Little Neston and Leighton (near Neston).
For the period after 2009, see Neston.

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Cemeteries

  • Neston Cemetery, Raby Park Road. Opened 1905 (2.5 acres)
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Civil Registration

  • Wirral (1894-1974)
  • Chester & Ellesmere Port (1974-98)
  • Cheshire West (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
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Court Records

  • Wirral (1894-1974)
  • Ellesmere Port (1974-2001)
  • Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston (2001-09)
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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"NESTON, (or Great Neston,) a parish, post and market town, in the higher division of the hundred of Wirrall, county Chester, 4 miles W. of the Hooton station on the Birkenhead, Lancashire, and Cheshire junction railway, and 11 N.W. of Chester. It is situated on the S.W. side of a peninsula formed by the estuaries of the rivers Mersey and Dee, opposite the county of Flint. The parish comprises the townships of Little Neston, Ledsham, Willaston, Thornton Hough, Ness, Raby, and Leighton, and the flourishing bathing place of Parkgate. Neston is a petty sessions town, and the magistrates' sittings are held at the court-house; also a court leet and baron are held yearly. The board of guardians meet at Clatteridge and Birkenhead every Wednesday alternately. The village derives its chief support from visitors, who resort to it during the summer months for the benefit of bathing. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Chester, value £535, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church, dedicated to SS. Mary and Helen, is an ancient stone structure, with a square tower containing six bells. The interior of the church contains an antique font, old register chest, and numerous monuments. The parochial charities produce about £42 per annum. There are National and infant schools; to the former is attached a small lending library free to the inhabitants. Market day is Friday, but the market is unattended. Fairs are held on 2nd February, 29th May, and 29th September, for cattle. Races are held on Whit-Monday and the two following days.

"LEDSHAM, a township in the parish of Neston, Higher division of the hundred of Wirrall, county Chester, 6 miles N.W. of Chester. It is a station on the Manchester, Chester, and Liverpool line of railway. The village is small and scattered. There is a chapel for Independents."

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Historical Geography

  • 1894 September 30 — Created from the whole of Great Neston (pop. 2201 in 1901), Leighton (near Neston) (pop. 728 in 1901) and Little Neston (pop. 1225 in 1901)
  • 1933 April 1 — Gained parts of Raby (2 acres, pop. 0 in 1931) and Thornton Hough (53 acres, pop. 14 in 1931), and lost part to Raby (101 acres, pop. 0 in 1931)
  • 2009 April 1 — Abolished and incorporated into Neston.

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

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ321779 (Lat/Lon: 53.293626, -3.020296), Neston which are provided by:

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Politics & Government

  • Neston & Parkgate Urban District (1894-1933)
  • Neston Urban District (1933-74)
  • Ellesmere Port (1974-76)
  • Ellesmere Port & Neston (1976-2009)
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Wirral (1894-1930)
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Voting Registers

  • Wirral (1894-1974)