Town Book of Newton by Daresbury

  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 518
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      378 x 147 mm. 1 volume (83 folios); Binding: original full parchment over boards. Condition: parchment covers cockled and discoloured, split at head of spine.

Scope and Content

Yearly accounts of the constable, the surveyor of highways, and the overseer of the poor for the township of Newton by Daresbury.

Administrative / Biographical History

Newton by Daresbury was a township in Daresbury chapelry of Runcorn parish, within the Bucklow hundred of Cheshire. Anciently Newton was held by the Warburton family of Arley. Sir George Warburton of Arley bequeathed the manor of Newton to Thomas Slaughter esq, who served as high sheriff in 1755. From him the manor descended to his daughter, Mrs Slaughter of Chester. The manor was then sold successively to George Litton, the representatives of Major-General Heron, Thomas Claughton of Warrington, and Rev. George Heron of Daresbury, who was the owner in 1817. In 1936 Newton by Daresbury merged with Keckwick to form Daresbury township.

Access Information

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the John Rylands Library by Lady Daresbury of Walton Hall in November 1929.


Description compiled by Henry Sullivan, project archivist, with reference to:

  • George Ormerod, The history of the county palatine and city of Chester, 2nd edition revised and enlarged by Thomas Helsby, 3 vols (London: G. Routledge, 1882), vol. 1, pp. 741-2;
  • GENUKI website entry for Daresbury, Cheshire - see .

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1928-35 (English MS 518).


See Arnold W. Boyd, The Town Books of Sevenoaks and Newton by Daresbury, Cheshire, Transactions of the Lancashire & Cheshire Antiquarian Society, vol. 45 (1930), pp. 44-88.