Eccleston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire.

Other places in the parish include: Heskin, Parbold, Wrightington, and Eaton.

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1593
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1599

Nonconformists include:

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Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ECCLESTON, a village, a township, and a parish in Great Boughton district, Cheshire. The village stands on the river Dee, near the Chester and Shrewsbury railway, 2¾ miles S of Chester; is a pretty place; borrows beauty from the Marquis of Westminster’s neighbouring seat of Eaton Hall; and has a post office under Chester. The township includes the village. Real property, £2,112. Pop., 267. Houses, 49. The parish contains also the township of Eaton. Acres, 2,402. Real property, £4,186. Pop., 349. Houses, 64. The manor belongs to the Marquis of Westminster. Eccleston hill commands a fine prospect. The parish is traversed by Watling-street. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester. Value, £403. Patron, the Marquis of Westminster. The church was built, in 1808, by Earl Grosvenor, after designs by Pordon; is a handsome structure, with lofty pinnacled tower; and contains the family tombs of the Grosvenors. Charities, £14.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ECCLESTON (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Great Boughton, Lower division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester; containing, with Eton township, 321 inhabitants, of whom 257 are in the township of Eccleston, 2¾ miles (S.) from Chester. This parish is situated on the river Dee, and comprises 2330 acres, of which 1280 are in Eccleston township. A third part is arable, a third pasture, and a third park and plantations; the surface is generally flat, and the soil clayey: red stone is quarried for building purposes. The village was occupied by Sir William Brereton’s army, during the siege of Chester, in 1645. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £15. 13. 11½., with a net income of £460, and in the gift of the family of Grosvenor, at whose expense the church, and the burial-place of the family, were rebuilt in 1809. The church is an elegant structure of red stone, with an embattled tower crowned by pinnacles; over the altar was a painting of the Nativity by Caravaggio, which has been replaced by a painting of the Taking down from the Cross by Westall. The tithes of Eccleston township have been commuted for £280, and the glebe consists of 46 acres. National schools are supported. The old Watling-street passes through the parish; and near the church is a tumulus. The hamlet of Belgrave gives the inferior title of Viscount to the Marquess of Westminster.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

HESKIN, a township, in the parish of Eccleston, union of Chorley, hundred of Leyland, N. division of Lancashire, 5½ miles (W. S. W.) from Chorley; containing 359 inhabitants. Heskin being a joint manor with Eccleston, descended with it from the Gernets and Dacres to the family of Molyneux, of Sefton. The Mawdesleys afterwards possessed the estate, which was purchased of the trustees of the Rev. Thomas Mawdesley by Alexander Kershaw, Esq., in 1739, and has continued with his descendants. The old Hall was taken down about forty years ago, and a farmhouse now occupies its site: the new Hall is a large brick gabled edifice. The township comprises 1189 acres of land, and the tithes have been commuted for £175. 4. In 1597, Sir James Pemberton endowed a free school with £50 per annum, and 11 acres of land; and Hannah Anderton, in 1806, gave a cottage as a schoolroom, with £10 per annum.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

PARBOLD, a township, in the ecclesiastical district of Douglas, parish of Eccleston, union of Wigan, hundred of Leyland, N. division of Lancashire, 5¾ miles (N. W.) from Wigan; containing 415 inhabitants. This place was held by Robert, lord of Lathom, in the reigns of Richard I. and John. He was the son of Robert Fitz Henry, founder of Burscough Priory, upon which establishment several members of the family conferred lands in Parbold. The Lathoms long possessed the estate, to which the Crisps succeeded about 1730; and from them it was purchased by the Dicconsons, of Wrightington, who assumed the name of Scarisbrick, of Wrightington and Scarisbrick. The scenery of the township is very beautiful, and from the higher grounds are views of the sea, of Liverpool, and the Welsh mountains: the river Douglas passes on the west and south. The tithes have been commuted for £188. 16. There are some small bequests for the poor.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

WRIGHTINGTON, a township, in the parish of Eccleston, union of Wigan, hundred of Leyland, N. division of Lancashire, 5 miles (N. W.) from Wigan, on the road to Ormskirk; containing 1771 inhabitants. This was a member of the extensive barony of Manchester. The lordship was given by Albert de Gresley to Orm, son of Ailward or Edward, progenitor of the Ashtons, of Ashton; and his descendants were called de Wrightington. Robert Dicconson, of Eccleston, married Anne, daughter of John Wrightington, and was grandfather of William, who was convicted of high treason in the reign of William III. The Dicconsons held the property until 1812, when Capt. Edward Dicconson died without issue, and was succeeded by a nephew, Thomas Eccleston, of Eccleston and Scarisbrick. His son Charles, on succeeding to this estate, assumed the name of Dicconson, while his other son, Thomas, to whom the Scarisbrick estate fell, assumed the name of Scarisbrick; on the demise of the latter in 1833, Charles Dicconson, Esq., became possessed of the Scarisbrick estate also, and adopted the name and arms of Scarisbrick. The township is the largest and most important division of the parish, comprising 3876a. 1r. 15p., of which about one-half is grass-land, and 200 acres wood. It stands elevated about 300 feet above the level of the sea; the soil is generally of a clayey nature, the scenery picturesque, and the views extensive. There is an abundance of excellent coal, and also stone. The river Douglas passes on the south, separating the township from Up-Holland; and the Leeds and Liverpool canal runs through. Wrightington Hall, one of the seats of Charles Scarisbrick, Esq., is a handsome stone structure with two small wings; the park abounds with deer and game: on the west side of the mansion are the remains of a more ancient Hall. Harrock Hall, the seat of the Boulton family, was purchased in 1839 from the Rigbys, of whom, in 1567, it had already been the residence for four generations: the house, around which are 420 acres, has been restored by the present possessor. At Mossy-Lee and in Carrhouse-lane are places of worship for dissenters; and at Wrightington Hall is a small Roman Catholic chapel.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

EATON, a township, in the parish of Eccleston, union of Great Boughton, Lower division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester, 3¾ miles (S.) from Chester; containing 64 inhabitants. The manor was given by Leofric, Earl of Mercia, in the time of Edward the Confessor, to the monks of Coventry. In the reign of Henry III., Hamon de Pulford, being lord, settled half of it on his son, Richard, who assumed the name of Eaton, and his descendants appear to have been possessed of the whole manor, which, in the reign of Henry V., passed in marriage with the heiress of John Eaton to Ralph, second son of Sir Thomas Grosvenor, who continued the male line of that family, and was the ancestor of the present noble possessor. The township comprises 971 acres, of a clayey soil, and is situated on the river Dee, near which stands Eaton Hall, the princely residence of the Marquess of Westminster. This superb mansion, of which the prevailing style is the Gothic, is of modern erection, with the exception of the vaulted basement and a portion of the original edifice; it is of light-coloured stone, and has two fronts, each of which consists of a spacious centre of three stories, finished with octagonal turrets, buttresses, and pinnacles placed between large wings with similar ornaments. The entrance to the western front is under a lofty vaulted portico, leading by a magnificent flight of steps to the great hall; and on the eastern side is another noble flight of steps, terminating in three rich arches that form the middle of a beautiful vaulted cloister, which spreads along the whole centre and connects the wings with each other. The vast interior of the building is in correspondence with the architectural grandeur of its exterior: the dining, drawing, and other state rooms are of noble dimensions, and decorated and furnished in the most costly manner; the library is fitted up with elaborately carved oak, and abounds in ancient and valuable manuscripts. The entrance to the grand saloon is through the arches already mentioned; this sumptuous apartment looks down upon a terrace upwards of 350 feet in length, whence is seen one of the richest landscapes that the Dee presents in its course through the county. The plantations are extensive; and the grounds, laid out with exquisite taste, are enlivened by an artificial inlet of the Dee: the stables form a great quadrangle, and there are two lodges, in the Gothic style, with avenues of venerable trees, leading to the mansion.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


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  • 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: Chester
  • Poor Law Union: Great Boughton
  • Hundred: Broxton
  • Province: York

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