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- source: Family History Library Catalog
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Bowdon is a village and electoral ward in Trafford, in Greater Manchester, England. Bowdon, along with Altrincham and Hale, has some of the most expensive houses outside of London. The ward of Bowdon is mostly rural and encompasses a number of small villages including Dunham Massey, which is owned by The National Trust.
From 1894 to 1974, Bowdon formed an Urban District local government district in the administrative county of Cheshire.
Since April 1, 1974, Bowdon has formed an electoral ward and component area of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford. Prior to this Bowdon was part or all of the following administrations in Cheshire:
- Bowdon Local Board (1864–75)
- Bowdon Urban Sanitary District (1875–94)
- Bowdon Urban District (1894–1974)
- Altrincham Poor Law Union(1837 to 1895)
- Bucklow Poor Law Union(1895 to 1930)
Bowdon included the hamlet of Rosehill. The population was 340 in 1801, 1,164 in 1851, 2,788 in 1901, 3,529 in 1951, and 6,079 in 2001.
- Trafford Local Studies Centre holds the records of Bowdon Urban District Council.
- The GENUKI and UKBMD pages on Cheshire and its parishes point to many other sources of information on places within the county. The many small parishes and townships that existed before 1866 are treated individually as well as the larger towns and conurbations.
- A Vision of Britain through Time provides a series of maps from the Ordnance Survey illustrating the towns and villages of Cheshire and also the borders between parishes. The following group of maps provide views of the county at various dates, illustrating the changes in administrative structure.
- Cheshire Archives and Local Studies have organized a facility to compare 19th century maps (including tithe maps circa 1830) with modern Ordnance Survey maps. These are available for every civil parish. The detail is very magnified and it is difficult to read any placenames on the older maps. Cheshire Archives and Local Studies are the local keepers of historical material for the county.