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"THORNTON, a parish in the second division of the hundred of EDDISBURY, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Dunham, Elton, Hapsford, Thornton in the Moors, and Wimbolds-Trafford, and containing 853 inhabitants, of which number, 162 are in the township of Thornton in the Moors, 6½ miles (N.N.E.) from Chester. The living is a rectory, Jin the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in tne king's books at £24.7.8½., and in the patronage 01 Lord Berwick. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is partly in the later style of English architecture, with a handsome tower. The Gowey, a tributary stream to the Mersey, runs through the parish. A school is endowed with about £7.10. per annum; the schoolhouse was rebuilt about 1790." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Thornton le Moors, also a township in Thornton ancient parish, Eddisbury hundred (SJ 4474),  became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlet of Thornton Green.
  • The population was 156 in 1801, 186 in 1851, 130 in 1901, 223 in 1951, and 260 in 2001.


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Civil Registration

  • Great Boughton (1837-69)
  • Chester (1870-1937)
  • West Cheshire (1937-74)
  • Chester & Ellesmere Port (1974-98)
  • Cheshire West (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)

Court Records

  • Eddisbury (1828-71)
  • Chester Castle (1871-1974)
  • Chester (1974-2001)
  • Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston (2001-12)
  • West Cheshire (2012+)

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Historical Geography

Places associated with Thornton ancient parish with separate pages


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Politics and Government

  • Chester Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Chester Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Chester (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Great Boughton (1837-71)
  • Chester (1871-1930)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Eddisbury (1885-1915)
  • Chester (1918-74)