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Guide to Wallasey, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Wallasey, Cheshire
St Hilary - A Church With Two Towers.jpg
St Hilary - A Church With Two Towers
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Wirrall
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Wirral
Registration District Wirrall
Records begin
Parish registers: 1574; Separate registers exist for Egremont St John beginning 1833
Bishop's Transcripts: 1600; Separate records exist for Egremont St John beginning 1833
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Wirral
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory) Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Cheshire (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Cheshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

WALLASEY (St. Hilary), is a parish, in the union, and Lower division of the hundred, of Wirrall, South division of the county of Chester; containing, with the villages of Egremont and New Brighton, the township of Seacombe with Poolton, and the township of Liscard.  The church, bears date 1560, stands in the centre of the parish: it was enlarged in 1837. There were two other churches prior to the Dissolution, appropriated to Birkenhead Abbey.[1]

St Hilary's Church, Wallasey is an Ancient Parish in the town of Wallasey, Wirral, Merseyside, England . It consists of a church built in 1858–59. The first church is thought to have been built in Saxon times it is thought that a new church was built between 1162 and 1182 by William de Waley.


A church has been on this site since before 902 AD when the Vikings named the hamlet here Kirby in Walea - 'the village with the church on the island of the foreigners'.
There are only eight churches in Britain named after the French Bishop of Poitiers, St Hilary, who fought against early heresies and contributed to the Council of Nicea in 325 AD and the Nicene Creed.
The present church is at least the sixth one on the site, with an older tower (1530) standing alone in the churchyard which had been part of two earlier churches. The fifth church burnt down in 1857.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Census records[edit | edit source]

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.


Church records[edit | edit source]

Wallasey parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FS PRs = England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 (FamilySearch) - free
FS BTs = England, Cheshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1598-1900 (FamilySearch) - free
FS = FamilySearch - free
FMP Diocese PRs = Cheshire Diocese Of Chester Parish Registers (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP Diocese BTs = Cheshire Diocese Of Chester Bishop's Transcripts (FindMyPast) - ($)
BOYD = England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[2]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
Wallasey Online Parish Records
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PRs 1538-2000
1538-2000
1538-2000
FS BTs 1598-1900
1598-1900
1598-1900
FS 1538-1975
1538-1973
1538-1991
FMP Diocese PRs 1538-1911
1538-1910
1538-1911
FMP Diocese BTs 1576-1906
1576-1906
1576-1906
BOYD

1538-1850


IGI



FS Catalog PRs


FS Catalog BTs


New Brighton registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

New Brighton Online Parish Records
Baptisms
Marriages
Burials
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PRs 1538-2000
1538-2000
1538-2000
FS BTs 1598-1900
1598-1900
1598-1900
FS 1538-1975
1538-1973
1538-1991
FMP Diocese PRs 1538-1911
1538-1910
1538-1911
FMP Diocese BTs 1576-1906
1576-1906
1576-1906
BOYD

1538-1850


IGI



FS Catalog PRs


FS Catalog BTs


To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Records are also available at the Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

Wallasey, Church of the English Martyrs (Roman Catholic), St. George's Road. Founded 1902.

Wallasey, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Brighton Street/Victoria Road. Built in 1839, closed in 1966. Registers of marriages 1902–1964 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

Wallasey, Methodist Chapel (New Connexion). Built in 1884, closed in 1935. Registers 1909–1934 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

Wallasey, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Claremont Road. Built in 1885, rebuilt in 1910.

Wallasey, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Manor Road. Founded 1893, Built in 1904.

Wallasey, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Oakdale Road. Founded 1899, closed in 1943. Registers 1932–1935 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

Wallasey, Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Poulton Road. Built in 1904, demolished 1944. Registers 1916–1949 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

Wallasey, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Oxton Road. Founded 1905, rebuilt in 1961.

Wallasey, Presbyterian Chapel. Founded 1877, Built in 1900.

Wallasey, United Reformed Church, Marlowe Road. Built in 1913.

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:

Registration Districts[edit | edit source]
  •   Wirral (1837–61)
  •  Birkenhead (1861–1936)
  •  Wallasey (1936–98)
  •  Wirral (post 1998)

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Probate records[edit | edit source]

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.

see also England Cheshire Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Wallasey on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel R., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 16 April 2013
  2. ArcherSoftware.co.uk


Bibliography[edit | edit source]

Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 334–338
Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 76, ISBN 1871731232

Rhodes, Julian (1999), "St. Hilary, Wallasey, Merseyside", The George Dixon Archive, http://www.ondamar.demon.co.uk/schemes/dixon/wall.htm,