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].


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • 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