Doddleston (St. Mary)
DODDLESTON (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Great Boughton, partly in the county of Flint (North Wales), but chiefly in the Lower division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester; the English part containing, with the township of Lower Kinnerton and the hamlet of Gorstella, 371 inhabitants, of whom 298 are in the township of Doddleston, 5 miles (S. W.) from Chester. At Balderton bridge, in the parish, Hugh Cyvelioc, Earl of Chester, defeated the Welsh with great slaughter, and raised a rampart of the heads of the slain. During the siege of Chester, in 1645, the old mansion-house was fortified and garrisoned by the parliamentary general, Sir William Brereton, who here fixed his head-quarters. The parish comprises about 4000 acres, of which 1677 are in the township of Doddleston; of the whole area onethird is arable, and the rest pasture: the soil is chiefly marl or stiff clay; and the surface is varied. The Shrewsbury and Chester railway passes through. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £7. 0. 2½., and in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Chester: the tithes have been commuted for £625, and the glebe contains 36¾ acres, with a glebe-house. The church contains the remains of Thomas Egerton, Baron Ellesmere, Viscount Brackley, lord keeper of the great seal to James I., who occasionally resided here; he died in London in 1617. A school was erected at the expense of the late Marquess of Westminster.