Frodsham, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

FRODSHAM, a small town, a township, a lordship, a parish, and a sub-district in Runcorn district, Cheshire. The town stands, adjacent to the Chester and Warrington railway, 10 miles NE of Chester. The town has a post office under Preston Brook, and a railway station. The lord-ship of Frodsham adjoins the township on the NE; and consists of the hamlets of Bradley, Netherton, Overton, and Woodhouses. The parish contains also the townships of Helsby, Alvanley, Manley, Newton-by-Frodsham, Kingsley, and Norley. The chapelries of Alvanley, Kingsley, and Norley are separate benefices. There are seven dissenting chapels.[1]

Frodsham St Laurence is an Ancient parish in the market town of Frodsham Cheshire. It includes Alvanley, Frodsham, Frodsham Lordship, Helsby, Kingsley, Manley, Newton by Frodsham and Norley.

The Domesday Book records the presence of a church with a priest in this position. In 1093 the tithes were given by Hugh Lupus to the abbot of St Werburgh's Abbey, Chester. In the 1270s they passed to the monastery of Vale Royal when it was founded by Edward I. Following the dissolution of the monasteries the tithes and advowson passed to the dean and chapter of Christ Church, Oxford. Frodsham is one of the ancient parishes of Cheshire and included the villages of Kingsley, Norley, Manley, Alvanley and Helsby. In the 19th century some of these villages formed separate parishes, Norley in 1836, Kingsley in 1851, Alvanley in 1861 and Helsby in 1875.


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

Church Records

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Frodsham 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
Frodsham Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1557-1911
FS BT'S 1639-1877   NONE

The following records are deposited at the Cheshire Record Office;

  • Parish registers for Frodsham, 1558-1963. CRO call numbers: P8/1, 2619/1/1-3, 2619/2/1-11, 2619/8/3/1-12, 2619/4/1, 2619/5/1-7.
  • Bishop's transcripts for Frodsham, 1603-1877.

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

Parish registers content FHL Film #
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1558-1754. Marriages, 1792-1801. Burials, 1755-1812. Baptisms, 1755-1834. 2104547 Items 6 - 11
Baptisms, 1834-1963. Banns of marriages, 1754-1769. 2104548
Banns of marriages, 1768-1781. Marriages, 1781-1792, 1801-1910. 2104549
Marriages, 1910-1951. Banns of marriages, 1806-1855. Burials, 1813-1885. 2104550
Burials, 1885-1952. 2104551 Items 1 - 5

Bishop's transcripts content FHL Film #
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1603-1821. 1655670 Item 2
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1822-1837; baptisms, 1838-1863; burials, 1850-1856. 1655671
Baptisms 1863-1877, burials, 1855-1877. 1655672 Item 1

Non-Conformist Churches

The following congregations have existed in Frodsham:

  • St. Luke (Roman Catholic), Ship Street. Founded 1949.
  • Trinity Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1823 in Chapel Lane, rebuilt in 1873 in Main Street.
  • Rock Methodist Chapel (Main Street). Built in 1837, closed in 1937. 
  • Bourne Methodist Chapel (Free), Main Street. Built in 1877.
  • Newton Hall Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Opened in 1951, closed in 1983.
  • United Reformed Church (formerly Independent/Congregational and Baptist), Bridge Lane. Built in 1886.

Non-Conformist Records:

The following records are known to exis and are deposited at the Cheshire Record Office:

  • Trinity Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Registers of marriages 1874–96, CRO call number: EMS 62/1.
  • Rock Methodist Chapel (Main Street). Registers 1894–1913, CRO call number EMS 63.
  • Records for the Frodsham United Methodist Free Circuit, 1894-1913 (Localities include Frodsham, Helsby, Newton, Little Sutton, Acton Bridge, Kingsley, Weston, Little Barrow, Kingswood, Dunham Hill, Barrow, Manley, Bolton, Runcorn, Hapsford, and New Brighton) are a the Cheshire Record Office call number: EMC 4/4653/6.
  • Bourne Methodist Chapel (Free). Various records 1874-1948, CRO call number EMS 266.
  • Newton Hall Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Registers 1951-1983, CRO call number EMS 311.  

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

Church records for the Frodsham United Methodist Free Circuit FHL Film #
Baptisms, 1894-1913. 2299550 Item 1

Church records for the Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Chapel FHL Film #
Marriages, 1874-1896.  2299421 Item 21

Record Search, available at, includes Cheshire Non-Conformist records.

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

Runcorn Poor Law Union, Cheshire

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


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


Latham, Frank A. (ed.) (1987), Frodsham: The History of a Cheshire Town, Local Historians, pp. 65–67, ISBN 0901993069 
Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: B. T Batsford, pp. 157–160 
Frodsham Local History Group (1986), Short Guide to the Parish Church of S. Laurence Frodsham, Widnes: MailBook

Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 37, ISBN 1871731232
Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 220–221, ISBN 0 300 09588 0