Thurstaston, Cheshire Genealogy

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St Bartholomew's, Thurstaston Cheshire.jpg

Parish History

Thurstaston St Bartholomew is an Ancient parish which included Greasby and Irby.

The earliest mention of a Church occurs around 1125 but other evidence suggests that one may have existed in Saxon times. The Norman church endured for many hundreds of years but was eventually taken down in 1820 and a second edifice, a plain stone building, was completed in 1824. In 1871, the executors of Joseph Hegan of Dawpool set apart £4,500 for a new church to be erected in his memory. This was designed in late 13th century mid-gothic style by John Loughborough Pearson, also the architect of Truro Cathedral, and was built entirely of local sandstone. It was consecrated in 1886. Although nothing remains of the earlier Norman church, the tower of the second one still stands in the churchyard and the sandstone of the building was used to construct a wall enclosing the new churchyard.

Thurstaston means "village of a man called Thorsteinn / Þorsteinn", from the Old Norse personal name Thorsteinn / Þorsteinn and Old English tún "farm, village". A record of the name as Torstestiune in 1048 proves this origin. The village was mentioned in the Domesday Book as Turstanetone. Historically and popularly, the name was wrongly thought to refer to "Thor's Stone", a sandstone outcrop on Thurstaston Common. This local red Sandstone provided the material for the two nineteenth century churches.


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

  •  Wirral (1837–1974)
  •  Birkenhead (1974–98)
  •  Wirral (post1998)

Registration events can be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church records

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 Thurstaston, 1706-1946 Cheshire Record Office Call number: P48/1/1-2, P48/2, P48/3/1-2, P48/5693.

Parish registers Content FHL Film
Baptisms, burials, 1706-1812. Baptisms, 1813-1907. Marriages (including banns), 1755-1812. Marriages, 1706-1753, 1815-1816, 1827-1837. BRITISH
2191047 Items 1 - 5
Burials, 1813-1946. BRITISH
2301157 Item 9

Bishop's transcripts for Thurstaston, 1587-1895 Records are not arranged in strict chronological order. Some intermittent years are missing. Cheshire Record Office Call number: EDB/201

Bishop's transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1587, 1600, 1604, 1617-1619, 1634-1635, 1638-1639, 1645, 1653, 1663-1664, 1666, 1668-1669, 1671, 1673, 1677, 1680-1681, 1684-1685, 1696-1698, 1705-1769, 1771-1821. Burials, 1822-1879, 1881-1882, 1888-1894. Baptisms, 1821-1895. Marriages, 1827-1828, 1831, 1833-1837. BRITISH
1836236 Item 1
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.

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


  • Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, pp. 182–183, ISBN 0 907768 18 0
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 361–362, ISBN 0 300 09588 0