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Great Neston, Cheshire

Historical Description

Neston, Great, a township in Neston parish, Cheshire. The town stands on the coast of the Dee estuary, 12 miles NW of Chester, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office, called Neston, under Chester, and a station of the same name on the Birkenhead railway. It unites with Parkgate to form an urban district council. The town-hall was erected in 1878, and contains the offices of the district council, an assembly-room, rooms for the literary society, and a branch bank. The petty sessions of the Wirral Division are held at Neston. The township comprises 1401 acres of land and 4 of water, with 66 of adjacent tidal water and 1052 of foreshore; population, 2240. The church was originally Norman, and was rebuilt in 1876, with the exception of the tower, which is of Perpendicular date, and contains a fine peal of eight bells. It consists of chancel with chapels, nave, aisles with chapels, N and S porches, and an embattled tower, and contains an ancient font and numerous monuments. There is a Presbyterian chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cheshire is available to browse.


Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Cheshire, 1580 is available on the Heraldry page.