History of Cheshire

All evidence at this stage points that Wheelock comes from Cheshire so the following page and attachments provide a brief history of the County.

Cheshire is a county in northwest England, known for its rural villages of half-timber and local red sandstone buildings and for its Industrial Revolution heritage, with links to neighbouring Manchester and Liverpool. Its county seat is Chester, Originally founded as a Roman fort in the first century A.D. and home to Roman walls and a cathedral displaying 1,000 years of architectural history.

Major towns include Congleton, Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Macclesfield, Northwich, Runcorn, Widnes, Wilmslow, and Winsford.The county covers 905 square miles (2,344 km2) and has a population of around 1 million. It is mostly rural, with a number of small towns and villages supporting the agricultural and other industries which produce Cheshire cheese, salt, chemicals and silk.

Pre-Roman Cheshire

Previous to the Roman Invasion, this county was occupied by the Cornavii a name of dubious etymology:

Cheshire Pre Roman

Origins of the name:

Chester

Cheshire’s name was originally derived from an early name for Chester, and was first recorded as Legeceasterscir in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle,[meaning the shire of the city of legions.Although the name first appears in 980, it is thought that the county was created by Edward the Elder around 920.In the Domesday Book, Chester was recorded as having the name Cestrescir (Chestershire), derived from the name for Chester at the time.A series of changes that occurred as English itself changed, together with some simplifications and elision, resulted in the name Cheshire, as it occurs today.

Cheshire 1600

Cheshire1805

History of Cheshire Volume 1

History of Cheshire Volume 1 part 2

History of Cheshire Volume 3

History of Cheshire Volume 3 Part 2

If you want to do research yourself you can always contact the local historical society

Finding about Family History

Cheshire Records Office Details

Cheshire and Chester Archives

Cheshire Records

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