Wirral  Cheshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wirral like this:

WIRRAL, a district and a hundred in the NW of Cheshire; between the Mersey and the Dee. The district contains Neston, Eastham, and Woodchurch sub-districts; and formerly contained also what is now Birkenhead district. Acres of the present district, 88,258; of the former district, 112,110. Poor rates in 1863, of the present district, £6,894; of the former district, £26,584. ...

Pop. of the present district in 1851, 14,968; in 1861, 18,420. Houses, 3,389. Pop. of the former district in 1851, 57,157: in 1861, 79,840. Houses, 12,241. Marriages in the present district in 1866, 137; births, 677,-of which 29 were illegitimate; deaths, 422,-of which 148 were at ages under 5 years, and 12 at ages above 85. Marriages in the former district in the ten years 1851-60, 3,718; births, 24,280; deaths, 13,053. The places of worship in the former district, in 1851, were 28 of the Church of England , with 16,636 sittings; 1 of English Presbyterians, with 650 s.; 2 of United Presbyterians, with 910 s.; 7 of Independents, with 2,370 s.; 2 of Baptists, with 350 s.; 2 of Quakers, with 560 s.; 13 of Wesleyans, with 2,071 s.; 1 of New Connexion Methodists, with 25 attendants; 10 of Primitive Methodists, with 610 s.; 1 of the Wesleyan Association, with 300 s.; 2 of Welsh Calvinistic Methodists, with 512 s.; 1 undefined, with 10 at.; and 4 of Roman Catholics, with 1,098 s. The schools were 39 public day-schools, with 4,844 scholars; 107 private day-schools, with 2,210 s.; 48 Sunday schools, with 4,648 s.; and 6 evening schools for adults, with 115 s. The workhouse is in Bolton-cum-Spittle township.-The hundred is mainly identical with the district; and is cut into two divisions, E and W. Acres, 79,886 and 44,900. Pop. in 1851, 8,764 and 50,866; in 1861, 69,448. Houses, 9,973.

Wirral through time

Click here for graphs and data of how Wirral has changed over two centuries. For statistics for historical units named after Wirral go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wirral in Cheshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd May 2024

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