- Eccleston, Cheshire
infobox UK place
population= 184 (2001 Census)
region= North West England
constituency_westminster= City of Chester
static_image_caption= St Mary's church in Eccleston, near
Eccleston is a
civil parishand villagein Chester District, Cheshire, and close to Chester. According to the 2001 census, the population of the entire civil parish was 184.citeweb|url=http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=792453&c=Eccleston&d=16&e=15&g=427497&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779|title=2001 Census: Eccleston|work=Office for National Statistics|accessdate=27 July|accessyear=2007] The village is situated on the estate of the Duke of Westminsterwho maintains his ancestral home at nearby Eaton Hall.
It is believed that the name of the village derives from the
Latinfor 'Meeting Place'
Formerly a township in Broxton Hundred, it includes the hamlets of Belgrave and Morris Oak. The population was 199 in 1801, 289 in 1851, 320 in 1901 and 272 in 1951. [citeweb|url=http://www.ukbmd.org.uk/genuki/chs/eccleston.html|title=Cheshire Towns & Parishes: Eccleston|work=GENUKI UK & Ireland Genealogy|accessdate=18 November|accessyear=2007]
The church at Eccleston is called St. Mary's Church. It was built at the expense of the
Duke of Westminsterand cost £40,000 in 1899. It was built on the site of an earlier church that was constructed in 1809. Part of the churchyard is unusual in that it is circular in shape, which indicates pagan origins. In 1929 an excavation revealed 20 bodies which are believed to date from 390 AD. They are the earliest known Christianburials in Cheshire. [citeweb|url=http://www.thornber.net/cheshire/htmlfiles/eccleston.html|title=Photographs and history of St. Mary's Church and brief information about the village|work=Craig Thornber|accessdate=27 July|accessyear=2007]
Two War Memorials exist within the Church, one of Bronze recording those that fell during
World War Iand a wooden memorial recording those that fell during World War II
The Churchyard is also the resting place of
Alfred Ernest IndVC, who died on 29 November 1916. [citeweb|url=http://www.homeusers.prestel.co.uk/stewart/cheshire.htm|title=Location of Alfred Earnest Ind's grave and VC medal. "(Cheshire)" |accessdate=27 July|accessyear=2007] Ind was a Farrier Sergeant in the Royal Horse Artillery. He was awarded the Victoria Crosson 20 December 1901at Orange River, South Africaduring the Second Boer War.
St Mary's Church, Eccleston
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