In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Oldcastle like this:
OLDCASTLE, a township in Malpas parish, Cheshire; on the river Elf, 2 miles S S W of Malpas. Acres, 835. Real property, £940. Pop., 100. Houses, 16. The manor belongs to W. Dod, Esq.; and the property is divided between him and T. T. Drake, Esq. An ancientcastle, of which no trace now exists, was here; is said to have been originally founded by the Romans; and gave rise to the name Oldcastle. A conflict between the parliamentarians and the royalists occurred on Oldcastle Heath in 1644.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Oldcastle has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Chester. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Oldcastle and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Oldcastle, in Chester and Cheshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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