Chester Castle (parish)

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Chester Castle
Civil parish
Coordinates: 53°11′N 2°53′W / 53.183°N 2.883°W / 53.183; -2.883Coordinates: 53°11′N 2°53′W / 53.183°N 2.883°W / 53.183; -2.883
Primary councilCheshire West and Chester
RegionNorth West
StatusCivil parish
Main settlementsnone
 • UK ParliamentCity of Chester
 • EU ParliamentNorth West England
 • Total0

Chester Castle is an area around the castle in Chester. It was historically an extra-parochial area and today remains a civil parish,[1] although with no inhabitants.

The parish is bounded by Castle Drive to the south, Grosvenor Street (the A483) to the west, and Castle Street and St Mary's Hill to the east. Apart from the castle/prison, the parish also includes the Crown Courts, County Hall, and the Cheshire Military Museum. In April-May 1966, the infamous Moors murders case was tried at Chester Crown Court (referred to as Chester Assizes in 1966).

It was part of the Chester Rural District, despite being in the middle of the city, and did not form part of Chester County Borough; this meant that County Hall was in the administrative county of Cheshire which it administered. The Local Government Act 1972 saw it become part of Chester District, along with the rest of Chester Rural District. Since April 2009 County Hall has been the headquarters of the Cheshire West and Chester Council.

In 1891 it had a population of 249, which had declined to 8 by 1971.[2] According to the 2001 Census it had no inhabitants at all.

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  1. ^ Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Chester Castle, GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy, retrieved 27 February 2009
  2. ^ Chester Castle CP/ExP, A Vision of Britain Through Time, retrieved 10 November 2005