Barrow, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

BARROW, a parish in Great Boughton district, Cheshire; on a stream which goes northward to the Mersey, 3½ miles S of Dunham railway station, and 5 ENE of Chester. It includes the townships of Great Barrow and Little Barrow; and its Post Town is Tarvin, under Chester. There is a Wesleyan chapel.[1]

Barrow St Bartholomew is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire. Other places in the parish include: Great Barrow and Little Barrow.

St Bartholomew's Church, Barrow is in the village of Great Barrow in the civil parish of Barrow, Cheshire, England.

A church has been present on this site since at least the reign of Henry II when it was given by Robert de Bachepuz to the Knights Hospitallers of St John who had a preceptory here. It became a parish church during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The chancel was built in 1671 for Dean Bridgeman and the tower is dated 1744.

Barrow is a civil parish containing the villages of Great Barrow, Little Barrow and Stamford Bridge. It is situated about 4.5 mi (7 km) east-north-east of Chester, 6 mi (10 km) north-west of Tarporley, and 6 mi (10 km) south of Frodsham.


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Great Boughton (1837–69)
Chester (1870–1937)
West Cheshire (1937–74)
Chester & Ellesmere Port (1974–98)
Cheshire West (post 1998)

Church records

Barrow 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
Barrow Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1596-1909
FS BT'S 1596-1882   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.

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, non conformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection

Non Conformist Churches

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.

Poor Law Unions

Tarvin (previously Great Boughton) Poor Law Union, Cheshire

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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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

Web sites


  1. Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72), adapted 29 Jan 2013

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.