BARNTON, a township, in the parish of Great Budworth, union of Northwich, hundred of Bucklow, N. division of the county of Chester, 1¾ mile (N. W. by W.) from Northwich; containing 859 inhabitants. The manor was purchased in the reign of King John by the Duttons, and was afterwards held under them, in moieties, by the Berthingtons and Starkies. Since the reign of Elizabeth, when the Starkies' moiety is known to have been sold in severalties, the manor has been annihilated. The township comprises 660 acres, of a sandy soil. A church dedicated to Christ has been erected: the living is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the Bishop of Chester, with an income of £120. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.