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Pickerings O’ the Boat, Cheshire

CROWTON is a township in Weaverham ancient parish, Eddisbury hundred (SJ 5873), which became a civil parish in 1866. It includes the hamlets of Bratts Bank, Cooksongreen, Crewood (part), Peck’s Brow, Pickerings o’th’Boat and Ruelow.

My 4x Great Grandparents, residents of Pickerings O’ the Boat

John (Joannos) Pickering of Crowton
b: 14 Nov 1693, of Crowton
c: 27 Nov 1693, Weaverham
m: 08 May 1743, St. Mary Church, Weaverham
d: 31 Mar 1749 (age 56)
+ Elizabeth


The area adjacent to the River Weaver tow path, near Dutton Lock and Dutton Viaduct has been known as “Pickering’s”, “Pickering’s Lock” , “Pickering’s de Boat” or “Pickering’s O’ the Boat”. A portion of the 1721 River Weaver map shows Pickerings Boat clearly defined.

1652 Crowton Map

A charmingly curious 1652 map which, though not drawn to scale, seems to be connected with early attempts to enclose Crowton and Crewood commons. The extent of Crowton Marsh and references to the lands owned the the Pickering families are quite discernible.


1836-51 Tithe Map Property Owners

Landowner Occupier(s) Land Use
James Pickering John Hughes Dones Meadow
James Pickering John Hughes Gabriels
James Pickering John Hughes House & Garden
James Pickering John Hughes Meadow
James Pickering John Hughes Brook Meadow
James Pickering John Hughes Common Lot
James Pickering John Hughes Hollands Lot
James Pickering John Hughes Marrows Lot
James Pickering John Hughes Garners Croft
James Pickering John Hughes Carterage Field
Rev. Rowland Egerton
Fanny Pickering House & Garden
Thomas Pickering Charles Lydiatt Common Lot

Description of property for sale, 2013. “Set amongst the beautiful Cheshire countryside is this four bedroom property full of character and charm. Step through the door of Pickerings O the Boat and you will at once feel the warmth of the cottage with its low ceilings and open fires. The Cottage is situated close to the Weaver Way footpath which offers beautiful riverside walks to both Frodsham and Northwich. The cottage briefly comprises: Entrance porch, sitting room, lounge, family room, conservatory, open plan kitchen/dining room, utility room and w.c. to conclude the ground floor. The first floor accommodation boasts a master bedroom with Juliet balcony and en-suite, plus three further bedrooms and a family bathroom. The views from both the front and rear bedrooms are stunning.”