Farndon Cheshire Family History Guide

Farndon is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire.

Other places in the parish include: Churton by Farndon, Clutton, Crewe, and Barton.

Parish church: St. Chad

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1603
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1611

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist. 

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

Farndon

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

FARNDON, a village, a township, and a parish in Great Boughton district, Cheshire. The village stands on the river Dee, 4 miles ESE of Rossett r. station, and 7½ S of Chester; was known at Domesday as Forendon; is connected, by a ten-arched bridge, with Holt in Wales; and has a post office under Chester, and fairs on 4 April and 4 Oct. The township comprises 1,025 acres. Real property, £2,930. Pop., 557. Houses, 102. The parish contains also the townships of Barton, Clutton, Crewe, and Churton-by-Farndon. Acres, 2,856. Real property, £6,378. Pop., 992. Houses, 191. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £115. Patron, the Marquis of Westminster. The church was rebuilt on the site of one burnt in 1645; was repaired in 1869; and includes a chapel of the Barnston family, rebuilt in 1869. There are two Primitive Methodist chapels, an endowed school, a national school, a reading room , and charities £15. Major Barnston, who served in the Crimean war, is commemorated by an obelisk; and John Speed, the antiquary, was a native.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

FARNDON (St. Chad), a parish, in the union of Great Boughton, Higher division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester; containing, with the townships of Barton, Churton, Clutton, and Crewe, 999 inhabitants, of whom 521 are in the township of Farndon, 8 miles (S.) from Chester. This parish is situated on the road to Wrexham, and bounded on the west by the river Dee, which separates it from the county of Denbigh; it comprises 2796a. 1r. 35p., of which 884 acres are in Farndon township. There are some quarries of red sandstone for ordinary uses. The river is navigable for small boats, and over it is a bridge, erected in 1345, formerly of ten arches, whereof eight are still remaining; it affords communication with the borough of Holt. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £115; patron and impropriator, the Marquess of Westminster, whose tithes in Farndon township have been commuted for £104. The church, an ancient structure in the early English style, on a sandstone rock of considerable elevation, was garrisoned in the civil war by the parliamentary forces, and in consequence sustained great injury during the siege of Holt Castle, in 1645; in 1658 it was repaired: it contains some interesting monuments, and has a curious stained window representing several persons who commanded in Chester during the war. A parochial school was erected in 1623. John Speed, the celebrated topographer and historian, was born here in 1552.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Crewe

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CREWE, a township, in the parish of Farndon, union of Great Boughton, Higher division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester, 6¼ miles (N. W.) from Malpas; containing 67 inhabitants. It comprises 284 acres, whereof the soil is clay; and is bounded on the west by the river Dee, which separates the parish from Wales.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Census

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911

Parish Records

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Cheshire

Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 - FamilySearch

Cheshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1598-1900 - FamilySearch

England, Cheshire Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900

England, Cheshire Probate Records, 1492-1940

England, Cheshire Workhouse Records, 1848-1967

England, Cheshire, Land Tax Assessments, 1778-1832

England, Cheshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1606-1900

England, Cheshire, Register of Electors, 1842-1900

England, Cheshire, School Records, 1796-1950

Records for England

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England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

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Death Records

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England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

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England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977

Occupations

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War and Conflict

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