BURLEY-DAM, a chapelry, in the parish of Acton, union and hundred of Nantwich, S. division of the county of Chester, 3½ miles (W. by S.) from Audlem. In the civil war in the reign of Charles I., a skirmish between a party of Lord Capel's forces from Whitchurch, and about 1000 of the parliamentary garrison at Nantwich, took place in this vicinity, on April 11th, 1643. Burley-Dam chapel was built originally by the Cotton family, not long after the dissolution of Combermere Abbey, for the accommodation of their tenants. The present chapel, built not far from the site of the old one, was consecrated in 1769. The living is a perpetual curacy; income, £100; patron, Viscount Combermere.