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"WYBUNBURY, a parish in the hundred of NANTWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, comprising the townships of Bartherton, Basford, Blakenhall, Bridgemere, Checkley with Wrinehill, Chorlton, Doddington, Hatherton, Hough, Hunsterson, Lea, Rope, Shavington with Gresty, Sound, Stapeley, Walgherton, Weston, Willaston, and Wybunbury, and containing 4146 inhabitants, of which number, 429 are in the township of Wybunbury, 3½ miles (E. S. E.) from Nantwich. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester,rated in the king's books at £13. 12. 1., and in the patronage of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry. The church, dedicated to St. Chad, was rebuilt in 1595; it is a spacious structure, with carved wooden ceilings and a lofty pinnacled tower, which leans a little to the north-east. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. A school, founded by the late Sir Thomas Delves, Bart., is conducted on the National system, and attended by one hundred and thirty-four boys, of whom twenty receive annually a blue coat and cap each: the same individual endowed a school for ten girls, each of whom have a blue gown and bonnet annually; also four others in different parts of the parish, which afford instruction to sixty six girls. There is, besides, a boys' school, called the Wybunbury Charity, built by subscription about two hundred years ago, and endowed by several persons for the instruction of twenty boys. An hospital, dedicated to the Holy Cross and St. George, for a master and brethren, existed here before 1464." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

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  • Wybunbury (pronounced Wi-ben-bree), also a township in Wybunbury ancient parish, Nantwich hundred (SJ 6950), became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Blakelow (part), Clannor Heath, Daisy Hill, The Flasg, Haymoor Green (part), Howbeck Bank (part) and Pinfold.
  • The population was 278 in 1801, 530 in 1851, 516 in 1901, 752 in 1951, and 1474 in 2001.
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Civil Registration

  • Nantwich (1837-1937)
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Gazetteers

The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

"WYBUNBURY, a parish in the hundred of Nantwich, county Chester, 3½ miles E. of Nantwich. It is situated on the turnpike road from Nantwich to Newcastle and Woore, in Shropshire, and traversed on the eastern boundary by the London and North-Western railway, which has a station at Basford. The parish, which contains 20,360 acres and 4,985 inhabitants, comprises the chapelries of Doddington, or Hunsterson, and Weston, with the townships of Bartherton, Basford, Blakenhall, Bridgemere, Checkley - cum -Wrinehill, Chorlton, Doddington, Hatherton, Hough, Hunsterson, Lea, Rope, Shavington-cum-Gresly, Staperley, Walgherton, Weston, Wybunbury, and part of Willaston. The soil is loam and clay. Doddington Hall is in the occupation of Henry Akroyd, Esq. There are numerous ancient seats and halls in the parish. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Chester, value £230, with 12½ acres of glebe, in the patronage of the Bishop of Lichfield. The church, dedicated to St. Chad, was rebuilt in 1595, and again in 1832, with the exception of the tower, which is 96 feet high, and having fallen 6 feet out of the perpendicular during the lapse of several centuries, was rectified in 1833, and contains 6 bells. The church has a carved roof and a stained E. window, and in the interior are several brasses and monuments of the Delves of Doddington, the Smiths of the Hough, the Lees of Lea Hall, now a farmhouse, and of the Breretons. There are, besides, chapels-of-ease at Hunsterson and Weston. The Wesleyans have chapels at Wybunbury and Chorlton. There are National and free schools. The charities produce about £270 per annum, including school endowments, an hospital dedicated to the Holy Cross, and St. George, for a master and brethren, existed here before 1464, and after the Dissolution came from the Praers to the Bishops of Lichfield. Sir H. Delves Broughton, Bart., is lord of the manor and principal proprietor."

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