Place:Heswall, Cheshire, England

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NameHeswall
TypeParish (ancient)
Coordinates53.317°N 3.1°W
Located inCheshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inMerseyside, England     (1974 - )
See alsoWirral (hundred), Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was situated
Wirral Registration District, Cheshire, Englandregistration district of which it was part after 1871
Wirral Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Heswall-cum-Oldfield, Cheshire, Englandparish of which it was the principal part until 1974
Wirral (metropolitan borough), Merseyside, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been located since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

Heswall was originally an ancient parish on the Wirral Peninsula in Cheshire, England which included the townships of Oldfield and Gayton and the hamlet of Dawstone. In 1866 it was made into a civil parish which was named Heswall-cum-Oldfield. When the area became part of Merseyside in the nationwide reorganization of municipal administration in 1974, the name of the town reverted to Heswall.

History

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Prior to the Norman conquest, the Heswall has been cited as a possible location for Dingesmere, mentioned with regard to the Battle of Brunanburh, in Egil's Saga. Heswall was recorded in the Domesday Book as Eswelle and owned by Robert de Rodelent, who also owned much of the land on the eastern side of the River Dee. In 1277, it became the property of Patrick de Haselwall, who was Sheriff of Cheshire.

In 1801, the population was recorded as 168. By the censuses of 1841 and 1851, it was 398 and 513 respectively. But it began to grow with the arrival of two railway connections allowing the wealthy merchants from Liverpool who had originally chosen it as a retreat to commute to the city on a daily basis. The population grew to 2167 in 1901, and 6773 in 1951.

Heswall-cum-Oldfield was part of the Wirral Rural District from 1894 until 1933. In 1933 Wirral Rural District was abolished the town became part of the new Wirral Urban District.

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