Tarporley in 1837
Tarporley, in the hundred of Eddisbury and deanery of Chester, is a small market-town, near Beeston Castle, on the great road from London to Chester, from which it is distant ten miles east-south-east. It was anciently governed by a mayor, but at present by a constable. In 1642 a battle was fought at this place between Sir William Breretons forces and the Royalists from Chester, who, on this occasion, were victorious.
Tarporley is pleasantly situated, cleanly, and neatly built, and is chiefly known as the scene of an annual fox-hunt in November, which is numerously attended by the county gentry, the neighbouring heaths being very favourable for this amusement.
The church is an ancient structure of the red sandstone, which abounds in this county : its interior contains several monuments, with inscriptions interesting to the antiquary, and some armorial bearings in windows of coloured glass. The living is a rectory, of which the net annual income is £644. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the manufacture of stockings and leather breeches. The market is on Thursday. There is an almshouse and Wesleyan chapel. Population in 1831, 1000.