Christleton, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Christleton St James is an ancient parish in Cheshire including Cotton Abbotts, Rowton, Littleton, and Cotton Edmunds. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Chester.

The name of the village is recorded in the Domesday Book and it is likely that a church was on the site at this time. In 1093 the patronage of the church was given to the monks of St Werburgh's Abbey, Chester. The church was rebuilt in stone around 1490 and the tower built at this time is still present.

Christleton is a small village and civil parish on the outskirts of Chester in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England.

CHRISTLETON (St. James), a parish, in the union of Great Boughton, Lower division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester, comprising the townships of Christleton, Abbots-Cotton, Edmunds-Cotton, Littleton, and Rowton; 2 miles (E. by S.) from Chester. The parish is situated on the road from London to Shrewsbury, via Whitchurch. There is a place of worship for Independents.[1]


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 Districts
  •  Great Boughton (1837–69)
  • Chester (1870–1937)
  • West Cheshire (1937–74)
  • Chester and Ellesmere Port (1974–98)
  • Cheshire West (post 1998)
  • Registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church records

Christleton 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
Christleton Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1600-1909
FS BT'S 1787-1859   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.

Parish registers for Christleton, 1697-1969 Cheshire Record Office call number: P 28/1/1-2, P 28/2/1-3, P 28/3/1-7, P 28/4, P 28/5/1-5.

An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online in FamilySearch Historical Records. Here is a list of church records on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Parish Registers Contents FHL Film
Baptisms, burials, 1755-1812. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1600-1754. Burials in woollen, 1678-1689. BRITISH
2069042 Items 7 - 10
Baptisms, 1813-1928. Marriages, 1754-1812, 1814-1948. Banns of marriages, 1883-1923. BRITISH
Burials, 1813-1969. BRITISH
2069044 Items 1 - 5

Bishop's transcripts for Christleton, 1600-1859 Early text in Latin. Cheshire Record Office call number: EDB 64

An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop’s transcripts is available online in FamilySearch Historical Records

Bishop's Transcript Content Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1600-1840. BRITISH
1655593 Item 3
Baptisms, 1841-1854.  Baptisms, burials, 1840, 1859. BRITISH
1655594 Item 1

Non-Conformist Churches

Christleton, Methodist Chapel. ReBuilt in 1888.

Non-Conformist Records:

Cheshire Record Office 1 volume. 1926-30 Christleton (CR 55/90-91; CR 55/2/43-46) within Chester Methodist Circuit. The Cheshire Record Office records that the church opened in 1888.

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.

Poor Law Unions

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A. A Topigraphical Dictionary of England (1848) adapted 15 February 2013


Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 177–178, ISBN 0 300 09588 0