Place:Broxton Hundred, Cheshire, England

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NameBroxton Hundred
TypeHundred
Located inCheshire, England
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

The Hundreds of Cheshire, as with other Hundreds in England were the geographic divisions of Cheshire for administrative, military and judicial purposes. They were introduced in Cheshire some time before the Norman conquest. Later on, both the number and names of the hundreds changed by processes of land being lost from Cheshire, and merging or amalgamation of remaining hundreds.

Chester was an ancient borough, not linked to any hundred, quite often referred to as a "county of itself".

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Hundreds of Cheshire.

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Broxten Hundred

This hundred was formed from the old Dudestan hundred of the Domesday era. The southern part of Dudestan was transferred to Wales where it was known as Maelor Saesneg, and (later still) "Flintshire Detached" (see Wikipedia)

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

"The hundred lies around the township; marches with Flint and Denbigh; and is cut into two divisions, East and West. The E. division contains six parishes and parts of eight other parishes. Acres, 32,515. The W. division contains five parishes and parts of five other parishes. Acres, 42,435. Pop. of both, 18,499. Houses, 3,540."

NOTE: The list of parishes in Broxton Hundred as taken from A Vision of Britain through Time also includes a township named Overchurch and the following observation:

"Neither the GB Historical GIS nor the Cheshire Record Office (e-mail from Caroline Picco, Archivist, 23/8/2010) have been able to identify this second Overchurch, so we conclude it is an error by Youngs. NB Broxton Hundred was south and east of Chester, while the well known Overchurch in Cheshire is in the Wirrall."

(F. Youngs, Local Administrative Units: Northern England is their reference for the data.) The parish of Overchurch has been removed for WeRelate purposes.

It is also noted that the parishes of Chester St. Mary-on-the-Hill and Chester St. Oswald are listed both under the Wirral Hundred and here under Broxton Hundred. In each case all the townships within the parish are listed with no indication of which Hundred they were placed in.

Parishes in Broxton Hundred

ParishDescriptionDuration and Notes
Agden (near Malpas) township, civil parish
Aldersey township, civil parish
Aldford parish (ancient), civil parish
Bache township, civil parish
Backford township, parish (ancient), civil parish ( - 1866 )
Barton township, civil parish
Bickerton township, civil parish
Bickley township, civil parish
Bradley township, civil parish
Broxton township, civil parish
Bruera township, civil parish
Buerton (near Aldford) township, civil parish
Bulkeley township, civil parish
Bunbury township, parish (ancient), civil parish ( - 1866 )
Burwardsley township, civil parish
Caldecott township, civil parish
Carden township, civil parish
Caughall township, civil parish redirected to Backford
Chester St. Mary on the Hill parish (ancient), civil parish ( - 1866 ) part
Chester St. Oswald parish (ancient), civil parish ( - 1866 ) part
Chidlow township, civil parish
Cholmondeley township, civil parish
Chorlton (near Malpas) township, civil parish redirected to Backford
Chowley township, civil parish
Christleton parish (ancient), civil parish
Church Shocklach township, civil parish
Churton by Aldford township, civil parish
Churton by Farndon township, civil parish
Churton Heath township, civil parish
Claverton extraparochial area, civil parish
Clutton township, civil parish
Coddington parish (ancient), civil parish
Cotton Abbotts township, civil parish
Cotton Edmunds township, civil parish
Crewe by Farndon township, civil parish
Cuddington by Malpas township, civil parish
Dodleston township, parish (ancient), civil parish
Duckington township, civil parish
Eaton (near Chester) township, civil parish
Eccleston parish (ancient), civil parish
Edge township, civil parish
Edgerley township, civil parish
Egerton township, civil parish
Farndon parish (ancient), civil parish
Foulk Stapleford township, civil parish
Golbourn Bellow township, civil parish
Golbourn David township, civil parish
Grafton township, civil parish
Great Boughton township, civil parish
Guilden Sutton parish (ancient), civil parish
Hampton township, civil parish
Handley parish (ancient), civil parish
Harthill parish (ancient), civil parish
Hatton (near Tarporley) township, civil parish
Hoole township, civil parish
Horton township, civil parish
Huntington township, civil parish
Huxley township, civil parish
Kingsmarshextraparochial area, civil parish
Larkton township, civil parish
Lea Newbold township, civil parish
Littleton township, civil parish
Lower Kinnerton township, civil parish
Macefen township, civil parish
Malpas township, parish (ancient), civil parish
Marlston cum Lachetownship, civil parish
Mickle Trafford township, civil parish
Moston (near Chester) township, civil parish part
Newton by Chestertownship, civil parish ( - 1936 )
Newton by Tattenhall township, civil parish
Newton juxta Malpas township, civil parish
Oldcastle township, civil parish
Overton township, civil parish
Picton township, civil parish
Plemstall parish (ancient), civil parish
Poulton township, civil parish
Pulford parish (ancient), civil parish
Rowton township, civil parish
Saighton township, civil parish
Shocklach parish (ancient), civil parish
Shocklach Oviatt township, civil parish
Stockton township, civil parish
Stretton (near Malpas) township, civil parish
Tarvin township, parish (ancient), civil parish( - 1866 )
Tattenhall parish (ancient), civil parish
Threapwood extraparochial area, civil parish
Tilston parish (ancient), civil parish
Tushingham cum Grindleytownship, civil parish
Upton by Chester chapelry, civil parish
Waverton parish (ancient), civil parish
Wervin township, civil parish
Wigland township, civil parish
Wychough township, civil parish

(Source: "A Vision of Britain through Time", but see note above.) The Chester churches in the list held lands outside the borough itself.

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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