Alvanley, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

ALVANLEY, a chapelry, in the parish of Frodsham, union of Runcorn, Second division of the hundred of Eddisbury, S. division of the county of Chester, 3 miles (S. S. W.) from Frodsham. [1]

Alvanley St John the Evangelist was created as chapelry in the ancient parish of Frodsham. In the present church is a wooden board giving the list of curates since 1677 and vicars since 1861

The church was built in 1860 to a design by J. S. Crowther at the expense of Catherine Emma Arden, the youngest daughter of Richard Arden, 1st Baron Alvanley.


Civil Registration

Registration Districts

Here is a list of the districts that included Alvanley from 1837, with dates of inclusion.

  • Runcorn (1837–1974)
  • Vale Royal (1974–98)
  • Cheshire Central (1998–2009)
  • Cheshire West (post 2009)
  • Events may be searched online Cheshire BMD

Church Records

Alvanley is a township-chapelry in Frodsham parish. The church is known as St. John the Evangelist. The original records are at the Record Office:

  • Parish registers of christenings 1809-1970, marriage banns 1861-1953, burials 1791-1885. CRO call number: P 81/1/1, P 81/2/1-2, P 81/3, P 81/4.
  • Bishop's transcripts for Alvanley, 1811-1877. CRO call number: EDB 7.

The parish is included in the Cheshire Parishes collection FamilySearch Historical  Records at

Here is a list of church records on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Parish Records FHL Film
Baptisms, burials, 1791-1812. Baptisms, 1813-1970. Banns of marriages, 1861-1953.  2186838 Items 10 - 13
Burials, 1813-1885.  2186839 Item 1

Here is a list of church records on microfilm at theFamily History Library in Salt Lake City.

Bishop's Transcripts FHL Film
Baptisms, burials, 1811-1846, 1848-1868, 1873. Burials, 1874.  1595461 Item 3
Baptisms, 1874-1877. Burials, 1874-1877. 1595462 Item 1

Nonconformist Churches

There were no known nonconformist congregations in Alvanley.

Census records

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.

Probate records

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.

Before 1858, Avanley, along with the rest of the county of Cheshire, was under the probate jurisdiction of the Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory).  Click on the link to the court for information on access to records and indexes.

Poor Law Unions

Runcorn Poor Law Union, Cheshire

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A.,A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 49-53


Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, p. 96, ISBN 0 907768 18 0