Aldford Cheshire Family History Guide

Aldford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire.

Other places in the parish include: Buerton near Chester, Churton by Aldford, Edgerley, and Buerton.

Parish church: St. John the Baptist

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1639
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1599

Nonconformists include: Methodist New Connexion

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

Aldford

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALDFORD, a village, a township, and a parish in Great Boughton district, Cheshire. The village stands on an affluent of the Dee, 2½ miles ESE of Saltney r. station, and 6 miles S by E of Chester. It has a post office under Chester; and it was formerly a market town. A bridge here crosses an "old ford" on the line of a Roman road into Wales; and that old ford gave the place its name. Remains of a castle are in the neighbourhood, erected in the reign of Henry II., and garrisoned by Brereton in the civil war. The township comprises 1,273 acres. Pop., 438. Houses, 88. The parish includes also the townships of Edgerley, Buerton, and Churton-by Aldford. Acres, 2,633. Real property, £4,872. Pop., 731. Houses, 150. The manor, with Eton Hall, belongs to the Marquis of Westminster. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester. Value, £330. Patron, the Marquis of Westminster. The church was rebuilt in 1866, and is in the early English style. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a free school.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Aldford, a parish in the hund. of Broxton, union of Great Boughton, co.-palatine of Chester. It is on the river Dee, and intersected by a small tributary stream of that river. It comprises the townships of Aldford and Churton, the chapelry of Bruera or Churton-Heath, and the townships of Great Boughton, Buerton, and Edgerley.

Living, a rectory in the archd. and dio. of Chester; rated at £16 17s. 8½d.; gross income £350. Patron, the marquis of Westminster. Pop., in 1831, 1,710. Houses 321. Acres 3,760. A. P. £8,271. The township of Aldford is 6 miles south by east of Chester. The name is derived from an old ford over the river at this place. There is here a bridge over the Dee; and in the neighbourhood are some remains of a castle erected in the reign of Henry II. Courts-leet and baron are held at Aldford. Pop., in 1831, 488. Poor rates, in 1837, £147

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ALDFORD (St. John the Baptist), a parish, in the union of Great Boughton; comprising the townships of Aldford and Churton in the Higher, and those of Buerton and Edgerley in the Lower, division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester; and containing 835 inhabitants, of whom, 488 are in the township of Aldford, 5 miles (S. by E.) from Chester, on the road to Farndon and Holt. This place, which had formerly a market and a fair, derives its name from an ancient ford on the river Dee; the stream divides it on the west from the county of Denbigh, North Wales, and a good bridge has been erected. In the reign of Henry II. a castle was built, of which at present only the earth-works, nearly adjoining the church, are remaining; and in the reign of Charles I. a garrison was placed here by Sir William Brereton, during the siege of Chester. The parish contains by measurement 2764 acres, whereof 1194 are in the township of Aldford; of the latter the soil is loam, gravel, and clay: there are two quarries of red sandstone. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £16. 17. 8½., and in the gift of the Marquess of Westminster: the tithes of the township have been commuted for £315, and the glebe comprises 21 acres, with a large and commodious house. The church stands on the verge of the castle moat, and has been repaired in various styles; in the churchyard is the recumbent effigy of a female, sculptured in red stone. Schools are supported; and there are six almshouses for aged widows, endowed with £22 per annum. Vestiges of a Roman road connecting the northern and southern branches of the Watling-street, are discernible in the parish.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Buerton

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BUERTON, a township, in the parish of Aldford, union of Great Boughton, Higher division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester, 5 miles (S. S. E.) from Chester; containing 81 inhabitants. The manor was held of the Aldfords in the reign of Edward I. by the family of Pulford, by service either of repairing a certain portion of Aldford Castle, or of assisting in the ward of it. From the Pulfords the manor passed successively by female heirs to the Grosvenors, of Hulme, and the Stanleys, of Hooton. The township lies east of the river Dee, and comprises 600 acres of land, the soil of which is clay.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Churton by Aldford

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Churton-by-Aldford, a township in Aldford parish, Cheshire; on the verge of the county, 6 ½ miles S of Chester. Acres, 572. Pop., 217. Houses, 47.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CHURTON, a township, in the parish of Aldford, union of Great Boughton, Higher division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester, 4½ miles (S. E. by S.) from Chester; containing 254 inhabitants. It comprises 553 acres, the soil of which is sand and clay. The place is within the limits of the manor of Farndon, and has been long a possession of the Barnston family.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Census

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Administration

  • County: Cheshire
  • Civil Registration District: Great Boughton
  • Probate Court: Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory), Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry, Post-1540 - Chester
  • Rural Deanery: Malpas
  • Poor Law Union: Great Boughton
  • Hundred: Broxton
  • Province: York