Kingsley, Cheshire

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Kingsley - Cheshire - Village Store and post office.jpg
The former Village Store and post office
Kingsley is located in Cheshire
Location within Cheshire
Population1,987 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSJ550748
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townFrodsham
Postcode districtWA6
Dialling code01928
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
WebsiteKingsley website
List of places
53°16′09″N 2°40′31″W / 53.2692°N 2.6753°W / 53.2692; -2.6753Coordinates: 53°16′09″N 2°40′31″W / 53.2692°N 2.6753°W / 53.2692; -2.6753

Kingsley is a civil parish and a village in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It is approximately 5 miles south east of the town of Frodsham.

The village is home to two primary schools – Kingsley St John's Church of England Primary School,[2] and Kingsley Community Primary School.[3]


Kingsley is first listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Chingeslie" in the Roelau Hundred. The village is listed as having been held from Earl Hugh d'Avranches by a Saxon named Dunning. It has land for two ploughs, and home to five serfs, one villein, and three bordars. It also mentioned one and a half fisheries, four hays for roe deer, and a hawk's eyrie. The earl brought the woodland of one league long and one league wide into his forest.[4] The forest mentioned was the ancient forest of Mara and Mondrem which was greatly reduced in size subsequently and is now known as Delamere Forest.

In 1260, the village was listed as "Kingisleg". The name of the village ultimately derives from "king's lea" – the meadow of the king.[5]

The village was for a long time known for its independence, as shown in its early Quaker meeting house, as well as its siding with the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War.


Map of civil parish of Kingsley within the former borough of Vale Royal

Kingsley was a township in Frodsham ancient parish.[6] It was made a separate civil parish in 1866, having been made a separate ecclesiastical parish in 1853.[7] It was originally in Eddisbury Hundred, and after the reforms of the 19th century, became part of Runcorn Rural District. It was also in Runcorn Poor Law Union and Runcorn Sanitary District until 1974, and in the borough of Vale Royal from 1974 to 2009.[8]

An electoral ward in the same name exists. This stretches from Sutton in the north to Norley in the south. The total population of this ward taken at the 2011 Census was 4,222.[9]


Until the 19th century, the local parish church was that of St Lawrence, at Overton in nearby Frodsham. In 1851 the red sandstone Anglican Church of St John the Evangelist was consecrated, having been built to a design of George Gilbert Scott, and in 1853 it became the village's parish church.[5]

The current Methodist chapel, Hurst Methodist Chapel was built in 1871. In addition, between 1864 and 1967 the village was also home to Brookside Methodist Chapel.



  • 1801: 661
  • 1851: 1067
  • 1901: 1066
  • 1951: 1503
  • 2001: 2026
  • 2011: 1986

Notable residents[edit]


The nearest railway station is 3 miles away at Acton Bridge on the West Coast mainline for trains to Liverpool and Birmingham and links, via Runcorn and Crewe to intercity services. Delamere railway station is 3.1 miles away with services to Northwich, Manchester and Chester. Alternatively, there is Frodsham railway station which is 3.2 miles away for services to Manchester, Chester and North Wales. By 2018 there will be services once again to Liverpool from Frodsham.


Kingsley is home to a number of community services including a community centre, The Kingsley Village Institute[11], Kingsley Cricket Club, Kingsley Youth Group (formerly KU17's)[12], Scouts (Beavers, Cubs & Scouts)[13] and Guide groups[14] and The Kingsley Players, an amateur dramatic society.[15]

As well as a web site[16] there is a lively village Facebook group for advertising and discussing local events[17]

The village prints and distributes its own newsletter, The Kingsley News,[18] which is published every month (except August).

Kingsley Cricket Club[edit]

The Cricket Club has two senior teams playing in the Meller Braggins Cheshire Cricket League, a Sunday XI, and a midweek team (The Kingsley Knights) playing in the Chester and District Midweek Cricket League. The club has a thriving junior division and has U18, U15, U13, U11 and U9 squads all playing fixtures throughout the summer.

The Cricket Club welcomes anyone who would be interested in becoming involved in the club, be it as a player, coach, umpire, scorer, social member, or sponsor.[19]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  2. ^ "St John's primary school". Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  3. ^ "Kingsley Community primary school". Retrieved 10 May 2008.
  4. ^ Gibson, W., and Waterworth, A. W. (1975). page 109.
  5. ^ a b Scholes, R. (2000). pages 96–97.
  6. ^ Dunn, F. I. (1989). page 27.
  7. ^ Youngs, F. A. (1991). page 23.
  8. ^ Youngs, F. A. (1991). pages 4, 23, 877.
  9. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 28 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Pupils support their marathon hero". Warrington Guardian. 23 April 2002. Retrieved 23 October 2008.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Kingsley Village Institute". Kingsley Village Institute. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Kingsley Youth Group". Kingsley Youth Group. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Kingsley Scouts". Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Brownies and Guides". Brownies and Guides. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Kingsley Players". Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Kingsley Village website". Kingsley Village website. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Kingsley Village Facebook". Kingsley Village Facebook. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Kingsley News". Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  19. ^ "Kingsley Cricket Club". Retrieved 10 May 2008.


  • Dunn, F. I. (1987). The ancient parishes, townships and chapelries of Cheshire. Chester: Cheshire Record Office and Cheshire Diocesan Record Office. ISBN 0-906758-14-9.
  • Gibson, W.; Waterworth, A.W. (1975). Kingsley: The story of a Cheshire village. Kingsley, Cheshire, United Kingdom: K.C.A. Books. ISBN 978-0-9504536-0-6.
  • Scholes, R. Towns and villages of Britain: Cheshire. Wilmslow, Cheshire: Sigma Leisure. ISBN 1-85058-637-3.
  • Youngs, F. A. (1991). Guide to the local administrative units of England. (Volume 1: Northern England). London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-86193-127-0.

External links[edit]

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