Place:Daresbury, Cheshire, England

Alt namesDaresbury Delphsource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Village, Parish
Coordinates53.35°N 2.633°W
Located inCheshire, England
See alsoRuncorn, Cheshire, Englandancient parish of which it was a chapelry
Bucklow Hundred, Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Runcorn Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Halton District, Cheshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974 (unitary authority since 2009)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Daresbury is a village, civil parish and, since 2009, ward in the unitary authority of Halton. It is located in the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England and covered by the Weaver Vale parliamentary constituency. At the 2001 census, the population of the parish was 216, with a total ward population of 3,906. Daresbury was expanded in 1936 by the abolition of the parishes of Keckwick and Newton by Daresbury. The original chapelry contained the hamlet of Daresbury Delph.

The most notable attributes of Daresbury are that it was the birthplace (some 1.5 miles south of the village) of Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and that the Science and Technology Facilities Council Daresbury Laboratory had a synchrotron research facility called the Synchrotron Radiation Source which was located there until 2008.

Daresbury has become a place of pilgrimage because of the Lewis Carroll association. There is a recently completed Lewis Carroll Visitor Centre. The parish church of All Saints has a Lewis Carroll window, including an image of the Cheshire Cat.

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.