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"WHATCROFT, a township in the parish of DAVENHAM, hundred of NORTHWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, 3 miles (N. W. by N.) from Middlewich; containing 71 inhabitants. The Grand Trunk canal passes through the parish." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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  • Whatcroft was a township in Davenham ancient parish, Northwich hundred (SJ 6869), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1988 to become parts of Byley, Davenham, Lach Dennis, Northwich and Rudheath.
  • The population of Whatcroft was 85 in 1801, 68 in 1851, 141 in 1901, and 82 in 1951.

For the period after 1988, see Byley, Davenham, Lach Dennis, Northwich and Rudheath.

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  • Northwich Urban Sanitary District (1875-92).
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Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Northwich (1885-1915) *
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* The area of the former civil parish of Shipbrook, which became part of Whatcroft in 1892, remained in the Knutsford county constituency until 1915.