Barnston, Cheshire Genealogy

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Guide to Barnston, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Barnston, Cheshire
Type Chapelry
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Wirrall
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Wirral
Registration District Wirrall
Records begin
Parish registers: 1871
Bishop's Transcripts: 1873
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Wirral
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory) Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Cheshire (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Cheshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

BARNSTON, a township with a chapelry (1871), in the parish of Woodchurch, union, and Lower division of the hundred, of Wirral, S. division of the county of Chester, 4½ miles N by W from Great Neston.[1] A chapelry was created here by 1871 (see below).

WOODCHURCH (Holy Cross), a parish, in the union, and Lower division of the hundred, of Wirral, South division of Cheshire; with the townships of Arrowe, Barnston, Landican, Noctorum, Oxton, Pensby, Prenton, Thingwall, and part of Irby.[2]

Woodchurch, Holy Cross (Church of England). An ancient parish church, originally serving the townships of Arrowe, Barnston, Claughton cum Grange (part), Irby (part), Landican, Noctorum, Oxton, Pensby, Prenton, Thingwall and Woodchurch.

The cross probably stood intact in the graveyard until the 17th century when many such crosses were destroyed by the Puritans it has been said. In the 14th century the south aisle, chancel and tower were added. The south aisle was rebuilt in the 16th century and a south porch was added. Heavy diagonal buttresses were added to the tower in 1675. The vestry was built in 1766. The north aisle by Hubert Worthington was added in 1964–65.

From the Ancient parish two later parishes were created:

Barnston, Christ Church (C of E). The chapelry's registers begin by 1871; a parish church since 1880.
Pensby, St. Michael and All Angels (C of E). Founded 1958 as a chapel to Barnston. Registers of Baptisms from 1958 and Marriages from 1964 are held at the church.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Census[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online data content exists for both Barnston Chapelry and the ancient parish of Woodchurch to which it was attached, transcribed from original registers of christenings, marriages and burials which have been indexed by the following groups and ranges of years:

FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts
Barnston Christ Church Chapelry (1871) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1871-1909
FS BT'S 1873-1883
Woodchurch Parish Holy Cross (1571) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1571-1909
1580-1913 Record Collection 1614792 1580-1913
FS BT'S 1582-1894

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Registers of Baptisms 1571–1945, Marriages 1571–1951 and Burials 1571–1913 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office Microreproduction of originals at the Cheshire Record Office in Chester, England. Includes some Latin
Cheshire Record Office call number: P50/4765/1-3, 5-17, 20-22.

The Family History Library (FHL) has copies of the following Barnston Christ Church Chapelry records.

Parish Register Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1871-1935. Marriage banns, 1872-1937 2103920 Items 6 - 7

The Family History Library (FHL) has copies of the following Woodchurch Parish records.

Parish Register Content FHL Film
Burials, 1571-1812. Baptisms, 1571-1945. Marriages, 1571-1754, 1760-1933. 2106346
Marriages, 1933-1940. Marriage banns, 1823-1872, 1923-1940. Burials, 1813-1913 2106347
Items 1 - 7
Marriages, 1940-Apr. 1947 2262943
Items 10 - 11
Marriages, Apr. 1947-1951 2262944
Item 1

Bishop's transcripts for Barnston.

Bishop's Transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, burials, 1873, burials, 1874-1877, baptisms, 1874-1881, 1878, 1881-1883, burials, 1878-1881, 1883


Item 5 

Bishop's transcripts for Woodchurch, 1581-1894. Record are not arranged in strict chronological order. Some intermittent years are missing. Cheshire Record Office number: EDB/226. The Family History Library has copies of the following records.

Bishop's Transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1581, 1586-1589, 1596-1597, 1600-1601, 1604-1611, 1615-1620, 1622-1625, 1627-1628, 1630-1636, 1638-1639, 1642, 1666-1677, 1679-1685, 1690-1826, 1829-1836. Baptisms, burials, 1837. Baptisms, 1855-1856, 1858-1869. 1836383
Item 2
Baptisms, 1869-1894. Burials, 1891-1894 1836384
Item 1

The above records can be searched in online indexes of Cheshire parish registers and Bishop's Transcripts at FamilySearch Historical recordsThe parish is also included in the online transcript collection Cheshire Parish Register project.

Woodchurch- Holy Cross
Baptisms-1571-1945- MFPR 475
Burials-1571-1812- MFPR 475
Burials-1813-1913- MFPR 476
Marriages-1571-1759- MFPR 475
Marriages-1760-1930- MFPR 476

For original registers of above please enquire at Cheshire Record Office.

The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office

The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)

Nonconformist Churches[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:

Registration Districts[edit | edit source]
  • Wirral (1837–1974)
  • Birkenhead (1974–1998)
  • Wirral (post 1998)

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cheshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

See also England Cheshire Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Barnston on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 153-158. Date accessed: 10 June 2013.
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted. Date accessed: 19 April 2013.

For details about the parish

Facebook page Holy Cross Church Woodchurch

Wikipedia page Holy Cross Church, Woodchurch

Gen UKI page for woodchurch

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, pp. 81, ISBN 1871731232
  • Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 364–367
  • Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, pp. 193, ISBN 0 907768 18 0
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 105–106, ISBN 0 300 09588 0