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Handley, Cheshire

Historical Description

Handley, a village, a township, and a parish in Cheshire. The township lies near an affluent of the river Dee, 1½ mile WSW of Tattenhall station, 3½ miles S of Waverton station on the Chester and Shrewsbury section of the L. & N.W.R., and 7½ SE by S of Chester. It has a post office under Chester; money order and telegraph office, Tattenhall. Acreage, 1351; population, 281. The parish includes also the town- I ship of Golborne David, and comprises 2011 acres; population, 355. Calveley Hall is now a farmhouse. Building-stone is quarried. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester; net value, £156. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Chester. The church was rebuilt in 1854, but retains an ancient tower; the chancel and vestry were restored in 1891 There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCheshire 
Ecclesiastical parishHandley All Saints 
Poor Law unionGreat Boughton 
Registration districtGreat Boughton1837 - 1869
Registration districtChester1870 - 1937

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

For births, marriages, and deaths in Handley from 1837 to 1869 you should search for the Great Boughton Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Handley from 1870 to 1937 you should search for the Chester Registration District.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Handley from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Handley are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Cheshire papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

CountyCheshire West and Chester
RegionNorth West
Postal districtCH3
Post TownChester