Place:Threapwood, Cheshire, England

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NameThreapwood
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates53°N 2.833°W
Located inCheshire, England     (1896 - )
Also located inFlintshire, Wales     ( - 1896)
See alsoBroxton (hundred), Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was situated (by dispute)
Maelor (hundred), Flintshire, Englandhundred in which it was situated (by dispute)
Wrexham Registration District, Flintshire, Englandregistration district of which it was part 1837-1894
Whitchurch Registration District, Shropshire, Englandregistration district of which it was part 1894-1930
Malpas Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1936
Tarvin Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1936-1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Threapwood is a small village and civil parish which, since 2009, has been located in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is close to the villages of Shocklach, Worthenbury and Malpas.

Threapwood developed on an area of common land, historically a tract of woodland lying between Cheshire and Flintshire, which was traditionally reputed to have fallen outside of county, parish and township boundaries: it was therefore outside the jurisdiction of any Justice of the Peace and paid no land tax or parish rates. This status was reflected in its name, with "threap" being a common Old English place name element referring to disputed boundary areas.

This vague administrative status was to lead to Threapwood gaining a reputation as a home to "abandoned characters of every description, and especially of women of loose or blemished morals". It was also a refuge for military deserters. Various attempts were made to bring Threapwood within the normal administrative structure; by the Militia Acts of 1792 it was decreed to be in Worthenbury - though for the purposes of the militia only - and the Mutiny Act 1797 placed it in the parish of Malpas.

Until Victorian times the village continued to be regarded as partly in Cheshire, and partly in Flintshire. But in 1896, under the "County of Chester (Threapwood) Order", the county boundary (and therefore the boundary between England and Wales), which passed through the village, was adjusted slightly in favour of Cheshire.

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

"THREAPWOOD, an extra-parochial chapelry in the district of Wrexham and counties of Flint and Chester; 8 miles WNW of Whitchurch [railway] station. Post town, Wrexham. Acres: 160. Population: 335. Houses: 90. The property is much subdivided. Bricks and tiles are made. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of St. Asaph. Value: £102. Patron: the Bishop of Chester. The church is good; and there are two dissenting chapels, and a national school."

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