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"OXTON, a township in the parish of WOODCHURCH, lower division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, 7¼ miles (N. E.) from Great Neston, containing 169 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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  • Oxton was a township in Bidston ancient parish, Wirral hundred (SJ 3087), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1898 to become part of Birkenhead.
  • It includes the hamlets of Arno Hill and Lingdale.
  • The population was 137 in 1801 and 2007 in 1851.

For the period after 1898, see Birkenhead.

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Churches

  • Woodchurch: Holy Cross (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Oxton.
  • Oxton: St. Saviour (Church of England). The district church for Oxton from 1851
  • Claughton: Christ Church (Church of England). The district church for part of Oxton from 1876.
  • Prenton: St. Stephen (Church of England). The district church for part of Oxton from 1902.
  • Birkenhead, All Saints (Church of England). The district church for part of Oxton from 1911 to 1971.
  • Oxton: Holy Name of Jesus (Roman Catholic). Founded in 1899.
  • Oxton, Clive Hall Unitarian Chapel. Built in 1851 at Charing Cross, rebuilt in 1903 at Charing Cross, 1960 at Clive Road. Registers 1888-1921 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

See also Birkenhead.

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Civil Registration

  • Wirral (1837-61)
  • Birkenhead (1861-98)
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Court Records

  • Wirral (1828-77)
  • Birkenhead (Borough) (1877-98)
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Description and Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

  • 1898 March 31 — Abolished and incorporated into Birkenhead (pop. 4579 in 1901)

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ298874 (Lat/Lon: 53.378767, -3.056747), OXTON which are provided by:

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Politics and Government

  • Wirral Rural Sanitary District (1875-77)
  • Birkenhead Municipal Borough (1877-89)
  • Birkenhead County Borough (1889-98)
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Poor Houses, Poor Law, etc.

  • Wirral (1836-1861)
  • Birkenhead (1861-98)
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Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-59)
  • Birkenhead (1859-1918)