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"WOODCHURCH, a parish in the lower division of the hundred of WIRRALL, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Arrow, Barnston, Irby, Landican, Noctorum, Oxton, Pensby, Prenton, Thingwell, and Woodchurch, and containing 835 inhabitants, of which number, 74 are in the township of Woodchurch, 6¾ miles (N. by W.) from Great Neston. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £25. 9. 2., and in the patronage of Mrs. King. The church, dedicated to the Holy Cross, is principally in the Norman style, with a curious ancient font. William Gleave, Esq., alderman of London, in 1665, founded a free school here, and endowed it with lands now producing £80 per annum." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Woodchurch, also a township in Woodchurch ancient parish, Wirral hundred (SJ 2787), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1933 to become part of Birkenhead.
  • The population was 52 in 1801, 96 in 1851, and 140 in 1901.

For the period after 1933, see Birkenhead.



  • Woodchurch: Holy Cross (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Woodchurch.
  • Woodchurch, St. Michael & All Angels (Roman Catholic). Founded in 1952.
  • Woodchurch, Methodist Chapel. Founded in 1957, Built in 1963.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Woodchurch area or see them printed on a map.


Civil Registration

  • Wirral (1837-1933)

Court Records

  • Wirral (1828-1933)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Places associated with Woodchurch ancient parish with separate pages


  • 1933 April 1 — Abolished and incorporated into Birkenhead (339 acres, pop. 113 in 1931)

You can see the administrative areas in which Woodchurch has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


Politics and Government

  • Wirral Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Wirral Rural District (1894-1933)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Wirral (1885-1933)