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"TARPORLEY, a parish in the first division of the hundred of EDDISBURY, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the market-town of Tarporley, and the townships of Eaton, Rushton, and Utkinton, and containing 2123 inhabitants, of which number, 800 are in the town of Tarporley, 10½ miles (E. S. E.) from Chester, and 172 (N. W.) from London. This town, which is situated on the great road from Chester to London, has a neat appearance, and consists of one long street, which is well paved, and terminated at the southern extremity by the ancient manor-house. At the close of the thirteenth century, a grant of a market and fair was obtained by Hugh de Thorpley, then proprietor of the manor. The market is on Thursday; and fairs are held May 1st, the first Monday after August 24th, and December llth. The town was governed by a mayor from 1297 to 1348, but now only two constables are appointed. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £20. 3. 4., and in the joint patronage of the Dean and Chapter of Chester, Lord Alvanley, and the Rev. Sir P. G. Egerton, Bart. The church, dedicated to St. Helen, is an ancient structure of red stone, and contains some good monuments. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. A school, situated in the churchyard, was endowed with £20 per annum by Lady Jane Done, who left also a small bequest for apprenticing poor children, but there are no free scholars. Almshouses have been founded for four poor widows, each of whom receives thirty shillings per annum." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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  • Tarporley, also a township in Tarporley ancient parish, Eddisbury hundred (SJ 5562), became a civil parish in 1866.

  • It includes the hamlets of Arderne (part), Birch Heath, Cobblers Green and Rhuddall Heath.
  • The population was 674 in 1801, 1171 in 1851, 1454 in 1901, 1538 in 1951, and 2634 in 2001.
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Civil Registration

  • Nantwich (1837-92)
  • Chester (1892-1937)
  • Northwich (1937-74)
  • Vale Royal (1974-98)
  • Cheshire Central (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)
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Court Records

  • Eddisbury (1828-1974)
  • Vale Royal (1974-2012)
  • West Cheshire (2012+)
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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"TARPORLEY, a parish, post, and market town, in the first division of Eddisbury hundred, county Chester, 10 miles S.E. of Chester, and 2 N. of Beeston station on the Chester and Crewe railway. It is situated on the old coach road from Chester to London, near the Nantwich canal. The parish includes the townships of Eaton, Rushton, Tarporley, and Utkinton. It is a polling place for the S. division of the county. The town, which is old, is well built, and consists chiefly of one winding street about half a mile in length, which is well paved. Two miles S. of the town are the ruins of Beeston Castle, standing on a rock of its own name. Tarporley was formerly governed by a mayor, but since 1348 two constables only are appointed. It is a meet for the Cheshire hounds. The population of the parish in 1861 was 2,577, and of the town, 1,212. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Chester, value £704. The church, dedicated to St. Helen, has monuments and effigies, some of which are of great antiquity. The parochial charities produce about £208 per annum. There is a school for both sexes. The Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Baptists, have chapels. A literary institution was established in 1851. Salter's Well House and Portal Lodge are the principal residences. Market day is on Thursday. Fairs are held on the 1st May, the first Monday after 24th August, and the 11th December, for cattle."

"EATON, a township in the parish of Tarporley, in the first division of the hundred of Eddisbury, county palatine Chester, 1½ mile N.E. of Tarporley. There is a free school, with an endowment of £42 per annum. Near the village are several good residences, the principal of which are Eaton House and Eaton Bank House."

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Historical Geography

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Maps

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Politics & Government

  • Tarporley Urban Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Tarporley Urban District (1894-1936)
  • Northwich Rural District (1936-74)
  • Vale Royal (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Nantwich (1837-92)
  • Tarvin (1892-1930)
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Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Eddisbury (1885-1948)
  • Northwich (1948-74)