"WISTASTON,a parish in the hundred of NANTWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, 2½ miles (N. E. by E.) from Nantwich, containing 332 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £4. 0, 3., and in the patronage of Peter Walthall, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, has lately received an addition of one hundred and fifty-eight sittings, of which one hundred and twenty-one are free, the Incorporated Society for the enlargement of churches and chapels having granted £100 towards defraying the expense." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Wistaston was a township and parish in Nantwich hundred (SJ 6853), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Moorfields (part), Wells Green, West End, Wistaston Green and Wood End.
  • The population was 258 in 1801, 298 in 1851, 494 in 1901, 2818 in 1951, and 8222 in 2001.

Civil Registration

  • Nantwich (1837-1937)
  • Crewe (1937-74)
  • Congleton & Crewe (1974-88)
  • South Cheshire (1988-98)
  • Cheshire Central (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Nantwich (wholly, 1828-92 and 1894-1974 ; partly, 1892-94) *
  • Crewe (Borough) (partly, 1892-94) *
  • Crewe & Nantwich (1974-92)
  • South Cheshire (1992+)

* The part in Crewe (Borough) (1892-94) was added to the civil parish of Monks Coppenhall in 1894.


Description & Travel

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The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"WISTASTON, a parish in the hundred of Nantwich, county Chester, 2 miles N.E. of Nantwich, and 2 S.W. of Crewe. The soil is light and sandy, upon a subsoil of clay. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester, value £200. The church, dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, was built in 1828. There is a school, with a small endowment."


Historical Geography

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Politics & Government

  • Nantwich Rural Sanitary District (wholly, 1875-1892 ; partly, 1892-94)
  • Crewe Urban Sanitary District (partly, 1892-94) *
  • Crewe Municipal Borough (partly, 1892-94) *
  • Nantwich Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Crewe & Nantwich (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

* The part in Crewe Municipal Borough and Crewe Urban Sanitary District (1892-94) was added to the civil parish of Monks Coppenhall in 1894.


Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Nantwich

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Crewe (1885-1954)
  • Nantwich (1955-74)