West Kirby, Cheshire Family History Guide

West Kirby is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire.

Other places in the parish include: Great Meolse, Newton cum Larton, Newton, Little Meolse, Little Meols, Newton with Larton, Great Meols, Greasby, Grange, Frankby, and Caldy.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1561
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1581

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Presbyterian, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

KIRBY (West), a village, a township, and a parish in Wirral district, Cheshire. The village stands on the estuary of the Dee, 1¾ mile S by W of Hoylake r. station, and 7½ W by S of Birkenhead; is a small bathing-place; and has a post-office under Birkenhead. The township comprises 440 acres of land and 2,870 of water. Real property, £1,755. Pop., 413. Houses, 84. The parish contains also the townships of Hoose, Great Meolse, Little Meolse, Grange, Newton-cum-Larton, Frankby, Caldy, and nearly all Greasby. Acres, 34,286; of which 28,840 are water. Real property, with the rest of Greasby, £10,146. Pop., 2,059. Houses, 394. A vast proportion of the area, designated water, is foreshore, lying between the ebb and the flood of tides. The property is much subdivided. The Hoylake railway, opened in 1866, traverses the N, and terminates there. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester. Value, £500. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Chester. The church is ancient; had, prior to 1780, nave, aisles, and chancel; was, in that year, badly altered; and, at a recent date, underwent interior renovations. The p. curacies of Hoylake and Frankby are separate benefices. There are a free gammar school, with £56 a year from endowment, and charities £66.

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