Place:Shocklach, Cheshire, England

TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates53.033°N 2.833°W
Located inCheshire, England
See alsoBroxton (hundred), Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was situated
Wrexham Registration District, Denbighshire, Walesregistration district of which it was part 1837-1866
Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire, Englandunitary authority in which it is located since 2009
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Shocklach is a village in the civil parishes of Church Shocklach and Shocklach Oviatt in Cheshire, England. Shocklach Village is on the southernmost tip of Cheshire and approximately 1 kilometre to the border between Wales and England, the River Dee. Shocklach is set beside the tributary of the Dee between Wrexham (16 kilometres away) and Nantwich. The River Dee is a major salmon and sea trout fishery; and one in which Shocklach fishery engages in.

Prior to 1866 Shocklach was an ancient parish containing the townships of Caldecott, Church-Shocklach, and Shocklach-Oviatt. As stated below, while Shocklach was an ancient parish, part of it was in Wrexham Registration District in Denbighshire, Wales.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Shocklach from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"SHOCKLACH, two townships in Wrexham district, and a parish partly also in Great Boughton district, and all in Cheshire. The townships are [Shocklach] Church and [Shocklach] Oviatt; and lie on the river Dee, 4½ miles NW of Malpas, and 7½ E of Wrexham [railway] station. Acres: 1,239 and 1,022. Real property: £1,478 and £1,914. Population: 180 and 168. Houses: 30 and 36. The manor belongs to Sir R. Puleston, Bart.
"The parish contains also the township of Caldecott, and comprises 2,691 acres. Post town, Farndon, under Chester. Population: 414. Houses: 77. [The] manor belongs to T. T. Drake, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value: £107. Patron: Sir R. Puleston, Bart. The church is ancient but good. There is a New Connexion Methodist chapel."

Research Tips

  • 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.
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