Malpas, Cheshire Family History Guide

Malpas is an Ancient Parish partly in Flintshire, Wales.

Other places in the parish include: Cuddington, Wigland, Wichaugh, Stockton, Overton, Oldcastle, Old Castle, Newton juxta Malpas, Newton by Malpas, Larton, Hampton, Egerton, Edge, Cholmondeley, and Chorlton.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Oswald

Parish registers begin:


  • Parish registers: 1561
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1584


  • Parish registers: 1840
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1601

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MALPAS, a small town, a township, and a sub-district in Whitchurch district, and a parish partly also in Nantwich and Great Boughton districts, Cheshire. The town stands on an eminence, 2 miles N of the boundary with Flint, 4¾ E of the river Dee, 5½ NW of Whitchurch r. station, and 15 SSE of Chester; commands views over an extensive surrounding country, backed by the boldly picturesque mountains of Wales; took its name from two words which signify “a bad pass;’’ was anciently called Depembeck, which also signifies “a bad pass;’’ had anciently a castle of Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester, remains of the keep of which adjoin the churchyard; is irregularly built; consists of four streets, diverging from a common centre; is supplied with water by works erected at the expense of the Marquis of Cholmondeley and T. T. Drake, Esq.; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place; has a post office under Whitchurch, Salop, a police station, a subscription library and reading-room, a church, Independent, Wesleyan, and Primitive Methodist chapels, an endowed grammar school, an endowed national school, two alms houses for twelve persons, and charities about £60 a year; and gives the title of Viscount to the Marquis of Cholmondeley. The church is partly decorated English, but chiefly perpendicular: comprises nave, aisles, and chancel; includes two highly decorated chapels of the Cholmondeley and the Egerton families, enclosed by carved oak screens; has a beautiful E window, with richly stained glass medallions; has also admissive handsome tower; was restored in 1841, at a cost of £2,500; and contains stalls, memorial windows, and alabaster tombs, with life-size recumbent figures. The Independent chapel was built in 1862, at a cost of £1,400. The grammar school has £25 a year from endowment; the national school, £119; the alms houses, £117. A weekly market used to be held on Wednesday, but has been discontinued; and fairs are held on 5 April, 26 July, and 8 Dec. The township comprises 1,998 acres. Real property, £4,869. Pop., 1,037. Houses, 223. The manor was given by Hugh Lupus to Robert Fitzhugh; and passed, through the Suttons, the St. Pierres, and others, to the Cholmondeleys. The Hall was the seat of the Breretons, and was destroyed by fire in 1760.-The subdistrict contains also the townships of Bickley, Hampton, Larkton, Duckington, Edge, Overton, Chorlton, Cuddington, Oldcastle, Newton-juxta-Malpas, Stockton, Wichaugh, Wigland, Agden, Chidlow, Bradley, Macefen, and Tushingham-cum-Grindley. Acres, 15,847. Pop., 3,621. Houses, 729. The parish contains likewise the townships of Cholmondeley, Egerton, Bickerton, and Bulkeley in Nantwich district, and the township of Broxton in Great Boughton district. The townships are severally noticed in their own alphabetical places. Acres of the parish, 27,094. Real property, £37,007. Pop. in 1851, 5,710; in 1861, 5,598. Houses, 1,128. The living is a double rectory, or rectory of two medieties, in the diocese of Chester; and the higher mediety is united with the p. curacy of Whitewell. Value of the higher mediety-with-W, £1,000; of the lower mediety, £910. Patron of the former, alternately the Marquis of Cholmondeley and T. T. Drake, Esq.; of the latter, T. T. Drake, Esq. A section of the parish called St. Chad, was constituted a separate charge in 1860, and had a pop. of 871 in 1861; and the living of it is a p. curacy, of the value of £140, in the patronage of the Rectors of Malpas. The church stands in Tushingham-cum-Grindley township; was built in 1863; consists of nave, transept, and chancel, with porch and bell-turret and superseded a small old brick building. The p. curacy of Bickerton also is a separate benefice. A chapel of ease is at Iscoyd. A Wesleyan chapel is in Hampton; Primitive Methodist chapels are in Agden, Broxton, Bulkeley, Hampton, Wigland, and Tushingham-cum-Grindley; national schools are in Bickley and Macefen; and a school for boys and girls, erected in 1864, by Mrs. Clutton, is in Chorlton. Bishop Dudley, Sharpe, the chaplain of a son of James I., Professor Townson, and Bishop Heber’s father were rectors; Bishop Heber himself was a native; and Matthew Henry was born in the vicinity.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

MALPAS (St. Oswald), a parish, in the unions of Nantwich, Great Boughton, and Wrexham, chiefly in the Higher division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester, but partly in the county of Flint, North Wales; comprising the townships of Agden, Bickerton, Bickley, Bradley, Broxton, Bulkeley, Chidlow, Cholmondeley, Chorlton, Cuddington, Duckington, Edge, Egerton, Hampton, Larkton, Macefen, Malpas, Newton, Oldcastle, Overton, Stockton, Tushingham, Wichaugh, and Wigland; and containing, exclusively of the Welsh portion, 5726 inhabitants, of whom 1022 are in the township of Malpas, 15 miles (S. S. E.) from Chester, and 165 (N. W.) from London. The early name of this place was Depenbech, and was of similar import with the present appellation, which signifies a bad pass or road. The barony formed part of the possessions of Earl Edwin prior to the Conquest, and was given by the first Norman earl of Chester to Robert Fitz-Hugh, one of the eight barons of his parliament; it was soon afterwards divided into two unequal parts, and still continues so. The ancient barons exercised capital jurisdiction within the limits of the barony, and in them was vested (but distinct from their rights as barons of Malpas) the office of serjeant of the peace for the whole palatinate, excepting the hundreds of Macclesfield and Wirrall: the punishment for capital offences, designated in some records as “the custom of Cheshire,” was decapitation, and it was usual to present the heads of felons at the castle of Chester. The jurisdictions have undergone considerable alteration, and the remaining portion of the old baronial rights has descended with the manor of Malpas. The castle, the head of the barony, was built soon after the Conquest, and stood immediately adjoining the church; the only vestige of it is a circular mound, on which the keep stood. The town is very pleasantly situated on an eminence, on the road from Shrewsbury to Chester, and commands an extensive prospect over a great part of North Wales, Staffordshire, and the Vale Royal: it consists of four streets, which diverge at right angles from a common centre, where is an old cross, and are well paved; the inhabitants are supplied with water from works recently established. The market is on Wednesday; and fairs are held on April 5th, July 26th, and Dec. 8th, for cattle, linen and woollen goods, toys, and pedlery. There are courts leet and baron annually, at which constables are appointed, and debts under 40s. are recoverable.

The living is a rectory, divided from time immemorial into two portions. The first, valued in the king’s books at £48. 8. 6½., has a net income of £1000, and is in the gift of the Marquess of Cholmondeley, and T. T. Drake, Esq.; the second, valued at £44. 19. 2., has a net income of £910, and is in the gift of Mr. Drake: an excellent parsonage-house and glebe are attached to each portion. The church is a spacious and venerable edifice, in the later English style: the windows are enriched with elegant tracery, and some of them with fine stained glass; in the chancel are some ancient stalls, niches, and monuments, and at the end of the north and south aisles are sepulchral chapels belonging to the families of Cholmondeley and Egerton. There are three chapels in the parish, St. Chad’s, Whitewell, and Bickerton; the first and last each form a separate incumbency, and Whitewell chapel is annexed to the higher mediety. A domestic chapel, open for the tenants and neighbours, is attached to Cholmondeley Castle, about four miles distant; and the parish contains places of worship for Independents and Wesleyans. The grammar school was founded early in the seventeenth century, by a subscription, to which Hugh, first earl of Cholmondeley, contributed £200. Richard Alport, in 1719, bequeathed £500 for the support of a school, which has been incorporated with one established on the national plan; and Dr. Townson, archdeacon of Richmond, and rector of Malpas, left £500 old South Sea stock, the dividends on which are applied in educating children. An almshouse was built by Sir Randle Brereton in the time of Henry VIII., and endowed by Sir Thomas Brereton in the reign of Charles I.: it was rebuilt in 1721, by Hugh, Earl of Cholmondeley, for six widows; and a bequest by Thomas Poyser, Esq., of the interest of £600, makes an addition of £3 per annum to the income of each of the inmates. In 1748, Miss Elizabeth Taylor left £500 for clothing poor men in the townships of Malpas and Edge. The late learned and pious Dr. Heber, Bishop of Calcutta, was a native of the town, in which his father was rector of the higher mediety. Philip Henry, the nonconformist, resided at the Broad Oak, in the parish, where his son, Matthew Henry, the celebrated commentator on the Bible, was born. Malpas confers the title of Viscount on the Marquess of Cholmondeley.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Edge, a township in Malpas parish, Cheshire; 2 miles N of Malpas. Acres, 1,572. Real property, £2,828. Pop., 270. Houses, 55. Edge Hall is the seat of the Dod family.

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

Parish Records

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Census returns for Malpas, 1851-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Cholmondeley, 1601-1868 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Cholmondeley (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Bishop’s transcripts for Malpas, 1584-1893 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Malpas (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Bishop’s transcripts, St. Chad’s Church, Tushingham-cum-Grindley, Cheshire, 1861-1872 Author: Church of England. St. Chad’s Church (Tushingham-cum-Grindley, Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Church records, 1819-1837 Author: Malpas Chapel (Cheshire : Independent)

A copy of the registers of the marriages, christenings and burials at St. Oswald’s Church, Malpas, in the county of Cheshire : from 1561 to 1812 Author: Dod, John Cadogen Wolley; James, John T.; James, Janet M.; Church of England. Parish Church of Malpas (Cheshire)

Malpas, Cheshire, England, [list of marriages] 1561-1927 : parish church marriages Author: Hayes, Dafydd; Masters, Ray

Parish chest materials, 1692-1850 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Malpas (Cheshire)

Parish registers for Malpas, 1561-1951 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Malpas (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers for Threapwood, 1817-1989 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Threapwood (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers of Bickerton, 1847-1960 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bickerton (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

St. Oswald, Malpas, marriages, 1561-1837 Author: Bennett, John; Dod, John Cadogen Wolley; Family History Society of Cheshire; Church of England. Parish Church of Malpas (Cheshire)

Computer printout of Malpas, Independent, Chesh., Eng

Parish register printouts of Malpas, Cheshire, England (Independent) ; christenings, 1819-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Civil registration

Registers of births at the Wrenbury sub-district in the Nantwich Poor Law Union, 1872-1909 Author: Great Britain. Poor Law Union (Nantwich, Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

History - Periodicals

Malpas history Author: Hayns, David; Malpas Field Club History Group

Manors - Court records

Court Baron rolls, 1695 Author: Manor of Malpas. Court (Cheshire)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Overseers’ accounts, 1822-1868 Author: Bickerton (Cheshire)

Parish chest materials, 1692-1850 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Malpas (Cheshire)

Town books, 1818-1846 Author: Broxton (Cheshire : township)

Probate records

The wills and Inventories of the ancient parishes of Malpas, Tilston and Shocklach and their townships in the county of Chester : from 1603 to 1625 Author: Pearson, Mary


Land tax assessments for Malpas, 1784-1832 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Overseers’ accounts, 1822-1868 Author: Bickerton (Cheshire)

Sheriff’s poll book of Malpas, Cheshire, 1837, 1841

Town books, 1818-1846 Author: Broxton (Cheshire : township)


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Cheshire
  • Civil Registration District: Wrexham
  • 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: Wrexham
  • Hundred: Broxton
  • Province: York