Farndon, Cheshire Genealogy

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

Farndon, Cheshire
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St. Chads Fandon
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Broxton
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Great Boughton
Registration District Great Boughton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1603
Bishop's Transcripts: 1611
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Chester
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]

FARNDON (St. Chad), is a parish, in the union of Great Boughton, Higher division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester; it contains the townships of Barton, Churton, Clutton, and Crewe, in the township of Farndon, it is 8 miles S from Chester. This parish is situated on the road to Wrexham, and bounded on the west by the River Dee, which separates it from the county of Denbigh.[1]

Farndon (Welsh:Rhedynfre) is an ancient parish in Cheshire, England. It sits on the River Dee, which forms the border between England and Wales. The parish includes the villages of Barton, Churton by Farndon, Clutton, Crewe (near Farndon) and Farndon itself.

A church was present on the site at the time of the survey for the Domesday Book and it is likely that Saxon churches had previously been there. The base of the tower and the plan of the church date from the 14th century although around 1622 the historian Webb described it as "a fair new church". During the civil war the church was badly damaged. In 1643 it was being used as a barracks for the Parliamentarians under Sir William Brereton when it was attacked by Royalists.

The village of Farndon sits on the border between England and Wales (the actual border is on the bridge which crosses the River Dee and which separates Farndon and the village of Holt in Wales.) Consequently, Farndon has a Welsh name: Rhedynfre. The village was an important place historically and has been a site of conflict and cultural exchange since the Anglo-Saxons settled the area in the 8th century. The border moved numerous times during the following centuries, placing Farndon alternately in Wales and England.

The English name is reported to mean "Fern Hill", and has been given as Fearndune, Farndune, Ferentone, Ferendon, Faryngdon and Ferneton, amongst other variations, since its first mention in 924 AD.

Today, Farndon is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Census Records[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]

Farndon St Chad parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:

FS PR's = FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts
Farndon St Chad Parish (1603) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1601-1906
FS BT'S 1605-1874

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.

The following records are deposited at the Record Office:

  • Parish registers for Farndon, 1603-1961. CRO call number: P45/1/1-3, 2, 3/1-2, 4, 5.
  • Bishop's transcripts for Farndon, 1611-1900. CRO call number: EDB 88

The following records are available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City:

Parish registers content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1603-1784. Baptisms, burials, 1785-1838. Burials, 1839-1850. Marriage licences, 1829-1849. 2094112 Items 1 - 8
Baptisms, 1838-1906. Marriages, 1837-1961. Banns, 1824-1895. Burials, 1850-1887. 2094113 Items 5 - 9
Bishop's transcripts content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1611-1840 (with gaps), baptisms and burials, 1841-1874 (with gaps). 1655669 Item 2
Baptisms and burials, 1873-1900. 1655670 Item 1

Non-Conformist 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]
  • Great Boughton (1837–69)
  • Chester (1871–1937)
  • West Cheshire (1937–74)
  • Chester and Ellesmere Port (1974–98)
  • Cheshire East (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]

Farndon on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A. A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 22 February 2013

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 218, ISBN 0 300 09588 0
  • Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 36, ISBN 1871731232
  • Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: B. T Batsford, pp. 153–156