Bidston, Cheshire Family History Guide

Bidston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire.

Other places in the parish include: Moreton cum Lingham, Saughall Massie, Saughall Massey, Saughan Massie, Moreton, Claughton with Grange, and Claughton cum Grange.

Alternative names: Bidston cum Ford, Bidston with Ford, Bidstone, Bidstone cum Ford

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1679
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1581

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic and Society of Friends/Quaker.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Upton by Birkenhead
  • Thurstaston
  • Woodchurch
  • Birkenhead St Mary
  • West Kirby
  • Wallasey

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BIDSTONE. a township and a parish in Wirrall district, Cheshire ‘The township lies on the Hoylake railway, 3 miles WNW of Birkenhead; and has a railway station. Acres, 1,689. Real property, £3,062. Pop., 282. Houses, 48. The parish includes also the townships of Moreton-cum-Lingham, Claughton-cum-Grange, and Saughall-Massey or Saughan-Massie; and its Post Town is Birkenhead. Acres, 4,248. Real property, £20,130. Pop., 2,154. Houses, 323. The property is subdivided. Bidstone Hill commands a fine view of the surrounding country, the Mersey, and the Irish sea. A lighthouse, 50 feet high, stands on the hill, showing a fixed light, elevated 300 feet above high-water, visible at the distance of 23 miles, and leading, when in line with Leasowe light, through the Horse channel at the Mersey’s mouth; and a telegraph was adjacent, communicating eastward with Liverpool, and westward, through a chain, with Holyhead. Waterworks for Birkenhead, and a cemetery with two chapels, were being formed in Bidstone in 1862. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £98. Patron, the Bishop of Chester. The church is excellent. Claughton and Moreton are separate benefices. A school has an endowed income of £15, and other charities £5.

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


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Cheshire
  • Civil Registration District: Wirral
  • 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: Wirral
  • Poor Law Union: Wirral
  • Hundred: Wirral
  • Province: York