Neston, Cheshire Family History Guide

Neston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire.

Other places in the parish include: Little Neston, Thornton Hough, Raby, Ness, Willaston, Leighton, Ledsham, and Great Neston.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1581

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Methodist New Connexion, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

NESTON, a parish and a sub-district in Wirral district, Cheshire. The parish lies on the estuary of the Dee, and on the Hooton and Parkgate branch of the Birkenhead, Chester, and Crewe railway, around the town of Great Neston; and contains the townships of Great Neston, Little Neston, Ness, Willaston, Ledsham, Raby, Thornton-Hough, and Leighton. Acres, 15,293; of which 3,920 are water. Real property, £21,955. Pop. in 1851, 3,578; in 1861, 4,049. Houses, 795. The landed property is divided chiefly among ten; and there are several manors. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £753. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Chester. The p. curacy of Willaston is a separate benefice. The parish church, a Wesleyan chapel, and national schools are in Great Neston; a church, an Independent chapel, and a national school are in Willaston; a chapel-room and a Presbyterian chapel are in Parkgate, Leighton; and a new church and schools, and a Wesleyan chapel are in Thornton-Hough. Charities, £42. The sub-district contains also Burton and Heswall parishes. Acres, 24,170. Pop., 5,223. Houses, 1,008.

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


England and Wales Census, 1841

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England and Wales Census, 1911

Parish Records

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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

Births and Baptism Records

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

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

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

Death Records

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England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

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


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

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

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

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  • 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