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"An extra-parochial district, said to be partly included in the hundred of Broxton, county of Chester, but chiefly in that of Maelor, county of Flint, 3 miles WSW from Malpas, containing 477 inhabitants. It is surrounded by the parishes of Malpas, Hanmer and Worthenbury, and, until of late years, formed a tract of waste common, which, on account of its extra-parochial exemption from all local jurisdiction, was long the resort of abandoned characters of every description, and especially of women of loose or blemished morals, who made a transient abode here, to be freed clandestinely from the consequences of illicit amours. ..... The inhabitants, considering themselves beyond the reach of all legal authority, opposed, even with force, the execution of the assize and other laws within their precinct. Some years ago, however, a chapel was erected here ....."[ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales, S. Lewis, 1834]

  • Threapwood was an extra-parochial place (SJ 4445), partly in Broxton hundred [Cheshire] and partly in Maelor hundred [Flintshire], which became a civil parish in 1866.
  •  In 1896 the part of Threapwood in Flintshire was added to Cheshire.
  • It includes the hamlets of Sarn (part) and Upper Threapwood.
  • The population was 256 in 1851, 305 in 1901, 290 in 1951, and 285 in 2001.


  • Threapwood: St. John (Church of England). Founded in 1817 as a chapel to Malpas: St. Oswald.
  • Malpas: St. Oswald (Church of England). The district church for Malpas from 1968.
  • Threapwood, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational). Built in 1850.

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Civil Registration

  • Wrexham (1837-96)
  • Whitchurch (1897-1937)
  • West Cheshire (1937-74)
  • Chester & Ellesmere Port (1974-98)
  • Cheshire West (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)

Court Records

  • Broxton (1828-1974)
  • Chester (1974-2001)
  • Chester, Ellesmere Port & Neston (2001-12)
  • West Cheshire (2012+)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

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Politics and Government

  • Wrexham Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Wrexham Rural District (1894-96)
  • Malpas Rural District (1894-1936)
  • Tarvin Rural District (1936-74)
  • Chester (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire West & Chester (2009+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Wrexham (1837-96)
  • Whitchurch (1897-1930)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • West Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Eddisbury (1885-1948)
  • Northwich (1949-54)
  • Nantwich (1955-74)