BIRCHES, a township, in the parish of Great Budworth, union and hundred of Northwich, S. division of the county of Chester, 3¼ miles (E. S. E.) from Northwich; containing 8 inhabitants. In the reign of Edward II. the manor passed with the heiress of Nicholas de Birches, by marriage, to the Winningtons, in whose family it continued for many generations. It came to the Starkeys in Charles I.'s reign; and in 1695 was the property of Mrs. Elizabeth Dobson, who bequeathed it to the Cholmondeley family, in trust, for the education of two boys, one to be the son of a counsellor, and the other the son of a divine of the Church of England. The township comprises 138 acres: the soil is clay. The road from Northwich to Twemlow passes on the south.