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"SPITTLE, a township, joint with Poulton, in the parish of BEBBINGTON, lower division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, 5½ miles (N.E. by N.) from Great Neston. The population is returned with Poulton." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

"POULTON, a township, joint with Spittle, in the parish of BEBBINGTON, lower division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, containing, with Spittle, 101 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Poulton cum Spital was a township in Bebington ancient parish, Wirral hundred (SJ 3382), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • Since 1974 it has been an unparished area in the county of Merseyside.
  • It includes the hamlets of Clatterbridge (part), Poulton Lancelyn and Spital.
  • The population was 87 in 1801, 294 in 1851, 487 in 1901, and 1257 in 1951.



Civil Registration

  • Wirral (1837-1974)
  • Birkenhead (1974+)

Court Records

  • Wirral (1828+)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 1895 September 30 — Lost part to Bromborough (pop. 67 in 1901)


Politics and Government

  • Wirral Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Wirral Rural District (1894-1933)
  • Bebington Urban District (1933-74)
  • Bebington Municipal Borough (1937-74)
  • Wirral Metropolitan Borough [Merseyside] (1974+)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Wirral (1885-1948)
  • Bebington (1949-74)