Pulford, Cheshire Genealogy

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

Pulford, Cheshire
St Mary's Church, Pulford Cheshire.jpg
St Mary's Church, Pulford Cheshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Broxton
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Great Boughton
Registration District Great Boughton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1559
Bishop's Transcripts: 1599
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]

In 1848 - PULFORD (St. Mary), is a parish, in the union of Great Boughton, Lower division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester; containing, with Poulton township, it is 5¼ miles SSW from Chester. The parish is situated on the road from Chester to Wrexham, and bounded by the Pulford brook, which separates this part of the county from Denbighshire. Here is a station of the Chester and Ruabon railway.[1]

Pulford St Mary the Virgin is an Ancient Parish and includes Poulton and Cuckoo's Nest.

Pulford is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is believed that the name of the village is derived from the Welsh words "Pwll" (pool) and "Ffordd" (road). However, the current Welsh name for the village is Porffordd.

A church on the site can be traced back to the 12th century and the first Rector is mentioned in ancient records as Hugo.

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]

Pulford St Mary 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
Pulford St Mary Parish (1559) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1559-1884


banns 1837-1936

FS BT'S 1599-1885  NONE

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.

Pulford, St. Mary the Virgin (C of E) was the ancient parish church for the townships of Poulton (near Chester) and Pulford.

The following records are deposited at the Cheshire Record Office:

  • Registers of baptisms 1559–1884, marriages 1559–1836 and burials 1574–1956, CRO call number: P101/1/1-4, 2, 3/1-2, 4-5.
  • Bishop's transcripts, 1599-1910, CRO number: EDB/173.

The following records have been microfilmed and are available at the Family History Center in Salt Lake City:

Parish registers content FHL Film
Marriages: 1559-1836. Baptisms, burials: 1559-1884. 1905. Banns of marriages: 1876-1972. Burials: 1885-1956. 2093667 Items 1-9
Bishop's transcripts content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials: 1599-1840 (with gaps)
Burials: 1841, 1843-1844, 1846-1847, 1849-1856, 1859-1864. Baptisms: 1841-1844, 1846-1856, 1859-1870. Marriages: 1842.
1751558 Item 2
Baptisms: 1870-1887, 1890-1898, 1905, 1907, 1909-1910.
Burials: 1864-1889, 1891-1898, 1905, 1907, 1909-1910.
1751559 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]

Here is a list of the districts that have included Pulford since 1837, with dates of inclusion:

  • Great Boughton (1837–69)
  • Chester (1870–1937)
  • West Cheshire (1937–74)
  • Chester and Ellesmere Port (1974–98)
  • Cheshire West (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. Here are good sources for maps on-line:

Websites[edit | edit source]

Pulford on GENUKI

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 317, ISBN 0 300 09588 0 Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, p. 169, ISBN 0 907768 18 0

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 25 Jan 2013