Great Budworth, Cheshire Family History Guide

Great Budworth is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire. Nether Peover is a chapelry of Great Budworth.

Other places in the parish include: Plumley, Over Whitley, Northwich, Marston, Marbury near Northwich, Marbury, Hulse, Higher Whitley, Hull and Appleton, Dutton, Crowley, Comberbatch, Comberbach, Cogshall, Castle Northwich, Birches, Bartington, Aston by Budworth, Aston, Appleton, Anderton, Allostock, Winnington, Wincham, Tabley Inferior, Sevenoaks, Seven Oaks, Pickmere, and Plumbley.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary and All Saints

Parish registers begin:

Great Budworth

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1605

Castle Northwich

  • Parish registers: 1849
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: None

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Presbyterian, Presbyterian Unitarian, Primitive Methodist, Protestant Dissenters, Roman Catholic, Society of Friends/Quaker, Unitarian, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

Great Budworth

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BUDWORTH (Great), a township in Runcorn district, and a parish in Runcorn, Northwich, and Altrincham districts, Cheshire. The township lies on the Grand Trunk canal, near the river Weaver, and near the Northwich, Knutsford, and Altrincham railway, 2½ miles N of Northwich; and has a post-office under Northwich, and fairs on 13 Feb., 5 April, and 2 Oct. Acres, 872. Real property, £3,059. Pop. 613. Houses, 118. The parish contains also the townships of Seven Oaks, Antrobus, Crowley, Whitley-Superior, Whitley-Inferior, Bartington, Stretton, Appleton, Dutton, Aston-by-Budworth, Peover-Inferior, Tabley-Inferior, Plumbley, Pickmere, Little-Leigh, Barnton, Hartford, Winnington, Comberbach, Marbury, Marston, Wincham, Northwich, Castle-Northwich, Lostock-Gralam, Nether-Peover, Allostock, Hulse, Birches, Anderton, and Lach-Dennis, and the chapelry of Witton-cum-Twambrooks. Acres, 35,920. Real property, £138,204. Pop. in 1841, 17,103; in 1861, 18,852. Houses, 3,834. The property is much subdivided. Marbury Hall, Arley Hall, and Belmont House, are chief residences. Bedworthmere and Pickmere are small lakes. Many of the inhabitants are employed in salt-works. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £626. Patron, Christ Church College, Oxford. The church is ancient; has an embattled tower; and contains monuments of the Pooles, the Warburtons, and the Leycesters. The chapelries of Antrobus, Barnton, Hartford, Little Leigh, Lostock, Lower Peover, Stretton, Tabley, Lower Whitley, Wilderspool, Witton, and Northwich, are separate benefices. Witton grammar school has £270 from endowment; and other charities £172.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BUDWORTH, GREAT (St. Mary and All Saints), a parish, in the unions of Runcorn, Altrincham, and Northwich, county of Chester; containing 17,103 inhabitants, of whom 677 are in the township of Great Budworth, 3 miles (N. by E.) from Northwich. The manor was possessed, in the beginning of Henry III.’s reign, by Geoffrey de Dutton, who from his residence at this place was sometimes called de Budworth; Peter, his grandson, removed to Warburton, assumed that name, and was the immediate ancestor of the Warburton family, in whom the property became vested. Geoffrey gave a third part of Budworth to the prior and convent of Norton, whose estate here, after the Dissolution, was granted by Henry VIII. to the Grimsditchs; it was afterwards divided and sold in severalties. This is the largest parish in Cheshire, next to Prestbury, being fifteen miles in length and ten in breadth, and comprising 26,676 acres, whereof 789 are in Budworth township. It contains the townships of Anderton, Antrobus, Appleton, Aston by Budworth, Barnton, Bartington, Budworth, Cogshall, Comberbach, Crowley, Dutton, Little Leigh, Marbury, Marston, Peover-Inferior, Pickmere, Plumbley, Seven-Oaks, Stretton, Tabley-Inferior, Whitley Inferior and Superior, and Wincham, in the hundred of Bucklow; the chapelry of Hartford, and the townships of Castle-Northwich and Winnington, in the hundred of Eddisbury; and the townships of Allostock, Birches, Hulse, Lack-Dennis, Lostock-Gralam, Northwich, and Nether Peover, part of Rudheath lordship, and the parochial chapelry of Witton, in the hundred of Northwich. The village of Budworth is pleasantly situated on a gentle acclivity, near two sheets of water called Budworth-mere, or Marbury, and Pickmere; and in the vicinity are several handsome seats, among which are Tabley House, that of Lord de Tabley, Belmont House, and Marbury Hall. The principal landed proprietors are his lordship, and the Warburton and Leigh families. The population is employed to a considerable extent in the manufacture of salt, which prevails throughout the entire neighbourhood. The river Weaver and the Duke of Bridgewater’s canal pass through the parish. Two fairs are annually held.

The living is a vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £6. 10.; net income, £171; patrons and appropriators, the Dean and Canons of Christ-Church, Oxford. The church consists of a nave, chancel, aisles, and transepts, with a fine tower containing eight bells; the tower appears to have been built or restored about 1520: there are several monuments to the Leycester and Warburton families. The edifice sustained considerable damage from the parliamentarian troops in 1647. There are churches or chapels, forming separate incumbencies, at Appleton, Barnton, Hartford, Little Leigh, Lostock, Nether Peover, Northwich, Stockton, Stretton, Tabley, Whitley, Wilderspool, and Witton. In the north-eastern angle of the churchyard is a school, supposed to have been built by the Rev. John Dean, about 1600; it is endowed with the interest of £200, given by Mr. Pickering and Mrs. Glover.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Dutton

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Dutton, a township in the parish of Great Budworth, co.-palatine of Chester; 5 miles east of Frodsham; on the eastern bank of the Weaver, in the vicinity of the Grand Junction railway, and close upon the Grand Trunk canal. The Grand Junction railway viaduct across the valley of the Weaver, near this township is a gigantic structure, which exceeds in magnitude any thing of the kind yet accomplished in this country, or perhaps in Europe; not even excepting the splendid bridge over Menai Straits. The viaduct is of the Gothic order, formed of red stone, procured from the neighbourhood of Bolton and Runcorn; it consists of 20 arches of 60 feet span and 60 feet in height, and the battlements add 12 feet more to the height; the whole length is 1,400 feet. 700,000 square feet of stone were used in tbe work, which was finished at an expense of £50,000, being considerably under the estimate. Dutton gives the title of baron to the duke of Hamilton, and was, in former times, the seat of the ancient family of Dutton, who were lords of the manor. The remains of Dutton-hall exhibit a remarkably fine specimen of the domestic architecture of the 16th century. Acres 1,760. Houses 128. A.P. £2,279. Pop., in 1801, 301; in 1831, 329. Poor rates, in 1837, £332.

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

Over Whitley

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Whitley (Over), a township in the parish of Great Budworth, hund. of Bucklow, union of Runcorn, co.-palatine of Chester; 5¾ miles north-north west of Northwich. “It is a great township, comprehending the hamlets of Norcot, Anterbus, Middle-Walke, Seven-Oaks, and Crowley, within the same. It is commonly called by the neighbourhood the Lordship, and is of the Fee of Halton-castle from the time of the Conqueror. Formerly this town was copyhold land to the baron of Holton, until the same was bought out into fee farm by fealty, and suit of court to Halton, and not to be held in capite nor knight-service. The king’s charter is dated 17th December, 1612.” — Leycester’s Hist, of the Antiq. of Chester. In 1833, there was 1 daily school in this township. Acres 1,210. Houses 55. A. P. £1,930. Pop., in 1801, 283; in 1831, 283. Poor rates, in 1838. £180 16s.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

WHITLEY, OVER, a township, in the parish of Great Budworth, union of Runcorn, hundred of Bucklow, N. division of the county of Chester, 5½ miles (N. N. W.) from Northwich; containing 330 inhabitants. It comprises 961 acres, partly a sandy and partly a clayey soil; and includes the hamlets of Antrobus, Crowley, Norcot, and Seven-Oaks.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Census

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Cemeteries

Great Budworth St. Mary and All Saints gravestone inscriptions, 1600-1950 Author: Love, Gilbert; Harding, John; Scott, John; Family History Society of Cheshire

The parish Church of St. Mary and All Saints, Great Budworth, Cheshire [gravestone inscriptions] Author: North Cheshire Family History Society

A transcript of the monumental inscriptions of Christchurch, Barnton, Cheshire Author: Family History Society of Cheshire

A transcript of the monumental inscriptions of St. John the Evangelist, Lostock Gralam Author: Noble, Vacky; Family History Society of Cheshire

Census

Census returns for Great Budworth, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Great Budworth, 1605-1900 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Budworth (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Bishop’s transcripts for Lostock-Gralam, 1892 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lostock-Gralam (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Bishop’s transcripts for Lower Peover, 1600-1899 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lower Peover (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Bishop’s transcripts for Lower Whitley, 1847-1850 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lower Whitley (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Bishop’s transcripts for Stretton, 1827-1899 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Stretton (near Warrington, Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Burials at the Baptist Chapel, Hill Cliffe, Appleton, 1802-1839 Author: Liverpool & S. W. Lancashire Family History Society; Hill Cliffe Baptist Chapel (Appleton, Cheshire)

Children dedicated to God at the Baptist Chapel, Hill Cliffe, Appleton, 1793-1837 Author: Forrest, David; Liverpool & S. W. Lancashire Family History Society; Hill Cliffe Baptist Chapel (Appleton, Cheshire)

Church records for the Mount Tabor United Methodist Church, Barnton, 1913-1957 Author: Mount Tabor Chapel (Barnton, Cheshire : United Methodist)

Church records for the Primitive Methodist Church, Anderton, 1916-1955 Author: Primitive Methodist Church (Anderton, Cheshire)

Church records for the Runcorn Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Barnton, 1865-1956 Author: Runcorn Road Chapel (Barnton, Cheshire : Wesleyan Methodist); Cheshire Record Office

Church records for the Wesleyan Methodist Circuit, Northwich, 1813-1964 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Circuit (Northwich, Cheshire)

Church records for the Wincham United Methodist Free Church, 1869-1957 Author: United Methodist Free Church (Wincham, Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Great Budworth, Allostock Unitarian, County of Cheshire (Bucklow Hundred); combined register, 1690-1823 Author: Strachan, W. R.; Allostock Unitarian Chapel (Cheshire); North Cheshire Family History Society

Lower Whitley parish registers, 1777-1986 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lower Whitley (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish books for Great Budworth, 1699-1853 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Budworth (Cheshire)

Parish chest and poor law records, 1653-1923 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lower Peover (Cheshire)

Parish chest material, 1692-1873 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Witton-cum-Twambrooks (Cheshire); Witton-cum-Twanbrooks (Cheshire)

Parish register transcripts, Northwich, Cheshire, England, marriages, 1780-1812 Author: Norman, Bertram William Tuff, 1880-1959

Parish registers for Barnton, 1842-1956 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Barnton (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers for Dane-Bridge, 1846-1967 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Dane-Bridge (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers for Great Budworth, 1558-1956 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Budworth (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers for Great Budworth, St. Mary and All Saints, 1734-1892 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Great Budworth (Cheshire)

Parish registers for Lach-Dennis, 1896-1970 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lach-Dennis (Cheshire)

Parish registers for Lostock-Gralam, 1844-1942 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lostock-Gralam (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers for Lower Peover, 1570-1952 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lower Peover (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers for Stretton, 1827-1960 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Stretton (near Warrington, Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers for the chapelry of Little Leigh, 1782-1983 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Little Leigh (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers for Witton-cum-Twambrooks, 1561-1973 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Witton-cum-Twambrooks (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers from St. Thomas’ Church, Stockton-Heath, 1838-1947 Author: Church of England. St. Thomas’ Church (Stockton-Heath, Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers of Antrobus, 1848-1983 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Antrobus (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers of Hartford, 1837-1943 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Hartford (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Vestry book of Hartford, 1828-1884 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Hartford (Cheshire)

Witton (Northwich) St. Helens marriage registers, 1754-1851 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Witton-cum-Twambrooks (Cheshire)

Witton St. Helens auxiliary burial register Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Witton-cum-Twambrooks (Cheshire); Family History Society of Cheshire. Northwich Group

Computer printout of Great Budworth, Wesleyan Methodist, Chesh., Eng

Computer printout of Little Leigh, Cheshire, England

Parish register printouts of Great Budworth, Cheshire, England (Wesleyan Methodist) ; christenings, 1811, 1813-1839 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Surname index from the baptism registers of St. Helen’s Church, Witton, January 1813 to December 1851 Author: Musgrave, Keith; Moilliet, Andrew; Church of England. Chapelry of Witton-cum-Twambrooks (Cheshire)

History

A country parish, Great Budworth in the county of Chester Author: Boyd, A. W.

Land and property

Four Cheshire townships in the 18th century : Arley, Appleton, Stockton Heath and Great Budworth Author: Foster, Charles F.

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Overseers’ accounts for Little Leigh, 1836-1847, 1900 Author: Little Leigh (Cheshire)

Parish chest and poor law records, 1653-1923 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lower Peover (Cheshire)

Parish chest material, 1692-1873 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Witton-cum-Twambrooks (Cheshire); Witton-cum-Twanbrooks (Cheshire)

Poor law records for Great Budworth, Cheshire, 1803-1857 Author: Great Budworth (Cheshire)

Township book for Nether Tabley, 1669-1758 Author: Nether Tabley (Cheshire)

Schools

School registers for Comberbach, 1903-1951 Author: Comberbach School (Comberbach, Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Taxation

Land tax assessments for Bucklow Hundred, 1780-1787, 1815-1819 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Land tax assessments for Great Budworth, 1780-1831 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish chest material, 1692-1873 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Witton-cum-Twambrooks (Cheshire); Witton-cum-Twanbrooks (Cheshire)

Township book for Nether Tabley, 1669-1758 Author: Nether Tabley (Cheshire)

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Administration

  • County: Cheshire
  • Civil Registration District: Runcorn
  • 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: Frodsham
  • Poor Law Union: Runcorn
  • Hundred: Bucklow; Eddisbury; Northwich
  • Province: York