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GARSTON, a small town, a township, and a chapelry, in Childwall parish, Lancashire. The town stands on the Mersey, and on the Warrington, Garston, and Liverpool railway, 6 miles SE of Liverpool; was once noted for extensive salt-works; is now a sub-port to Liverpool, with new docks; and has a railway station with telegraph, and a post office under Liverpool. The town ship includes also Aigburth, a suburb of Liverpool. Acres, 3,293; of which 1,665 are water. Real property, £31,643. Pop. in 1851, 2,756; in 1861, 4,720. Houses, 763. The chapelry includes only the eastern part of the township; excludes Aigburth; and was constituted in 1828. Pop., 2,016. Houses, 356. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £138.* Patron, Richard Watt, Esq. The church is very good; and there are two dissenting chapels, Church schools, and charities £12.

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)




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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "ST. ANNE AIGBURTH, a hamlet in the chapelry of Garston, parish of Childwall, and hundred of west Derby, in the county palatine of Lancaster, 4 miles to the S.E. of Liverpool. It is on the river Mersey. The living is a curacy in the diocese of Chester, in the patronage of trustees. Aigburth Hall is the chief residence.

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  • "GARSTON, a chapelry in the parish of Childwall, hundred of West Derby, county palatine Lancaster, 5 miles S.E. of Liverpool, its post town. It is situated on the river Mersey, and includes the townships of Aigburth and Speke, and is a station on a branch line of the Stockport and Warrington railway. Extensive salt-works give employment to most of the inhabitants. There is a district church, the living of which is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Chester, value £138. The charities produce about £12 yearly."

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1870-72, John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales

  • "AIGBURTH, a chapelry in Childwall parish, Lancashire; 4½ miles E of Liverpool. It has a post office under Liverpool. Pop., 1,994. Houses, 338. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £400. Patrons, Trustees. The church was built in 1853. There are Wesleyan and Roman Catholic chapels." (See more)

Historical Geography

In 1835 Garston was a township in the parish of Childwall.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Garston was in the Archdeaconry of Chester, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Chester are held at the Lancashire Record Office.


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