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"NORTON, a township in the parish of RUNCORN hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER; 4½ miles (N. B.) from Frodsham, containing 294 inhabitants. A priory of Augustine canons, originally founded in 1133, at Runcorn, by William Fitz-Nigell, was removed hither by his son William, constable of Chester: this house was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and at the dissolution had a revenue of £258. 11. 8.: it was subsequently a private mansion, and was besieged by the royalists in the early part of 1643. The Mersey and Irwell and the Duke of Bridgewater's canal pass through the township." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Norton was a township in Runcorn ancient parish, Bucklow hundred (SJ 5581), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1967 to become part of Runcorn and Daresbury.
  • It includes the hamlets of Eanley Wood, Murdishaw, Priory Cross and Windmill Hill
  • The population was 220 in 1801, 344 in 1851, 294 in 1901, and 142.

For the period after 1967, see Runcorn.


There are more than 30 churches identified in this place. Please click here for a complete list.

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Civil Registration

  • Runcorn (1837-1967)

Court Records

  • Bucklow (1828-39)
  • Daresbury (1839-67)
  • Runcorn (1867-1967)

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Historical Geography

  • 1933 April 1 — Lost the area north of the Manchester Ship Canal to Cuerdley, Lancashire (430 acres, pop. 28 in 1931)
  • 1936 April 1 — Gained the whole of Stockham (331 acres, pop. 21 in 1931), and lost parts to Preston Brook (185 acres, pop. 42 in 1931) and Runcorn (36 acres, pop. 3 in 1931)
  • 1967 April 1 — Abolished and divided between Daresbury (1 hectare, pop. 0 in 1961) and Runcorn  (774 hectares, pop. 126 in 1961)

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Politics and Government

  • Runcorn Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Runcorn Rural District (1894-1967)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Northwich (1885-1948)
  • Runcorn (1948-67)