Place:Betchton, Cheshire, England

Alt namesBetchton Heathsource: village in parish, former name
Sandbach Heathsource: village in parish, present name
Dubthornesource: hamlet in parish
Dean Hillsource: hamlet in parish
Boult's Greensource: hamlet in parish
Four Lane Ends in Betchtonsource: hamlet in parish
Hassall Greensource: village in parish
Lawton Heath Endsource: hamlet in parish
Malkin's Banksource: hamlet in parish
Roughwoodsource: hamlet in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.124°N 2.329°W
Located inCheshire, England
See alsoSandbach, Cheshire, Englandancient parish of which it was a township
Nantwich Hundred, Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was located for a time
Northwich Hundred, Cheshire, Englandhundred in which it was located for a time
Congleton Rural, Cheshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Congleton District, Cheshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area 1974-2009
Cheshire East District, Cheshire, Englanddistrict municipality and unitary authority covering the area since 2009
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Betchton is a civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 620. The parish is immediately to the southeast of Sandbach, and includes Betchton Heath (now known as Sandbach Heath, Malkin's Bank and Hassall Green.

Betchton civil parish was originally part of Sandbach Ancient Parish, and was created a separate parish in 1866. It also was part of Congleton Poor Law Union, Congleton Rural Sanitary District, and (after 1894) part of Congleton Rural District. In 1974 it became part of the Borough of Congleton (1974-2009).

GENUKI provides the following information

Betchton was a township in Sandbach ancient parish which became a civil parish in 1866. The ancient parish church for the township of Betchton was St. Mary's in Sandbach.

It includes the hamlets of Boult's Green, Chellshill, Dean Hill, Dubthorne (part), Four Lane Ends (part), Lawton Heath End and Roughwood in addition to those mentioned by Wikipedia above. The population was 578 in 1801, 822 in 1851, 692 in 1901 and 719 in 1951.

In addition to St. Mary's in Sandbach, the following churches have provided for Betchton over time. Christ Church in Wheelock was the district church for part of Betchton township and parish from 1843 and St. John the Evangelist in Sandbach Heath (formerly Betchton Heath) was the district church for the northern part of Betchton township and parish from 1861. There was a Primitive Methodist chapel built in 1859 in Malkin's Bank (closed 1969) and a Wesleyan Methodist chapel founded in 1829 in Hassall Green. (Registers of baptisms 1838-1952 for this latter chapel are at the Cheshire Record Office.)

NOTE: The location of Betchton Heath (found on the Ordnance Survey map of 1944 was compared with the location of Sandbach Heath on Google Earth. Since Betchton was a civil parish and not a village, it does not appear on Google Earth.

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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