The meaning of Comberbach is the 'Valley of the Sparkling Stream', and was part of the Manor of Arley; which belonged to the Warburton Family.

"Cheshire Charter of 1180"....
In an early Cheshire Charter of 1180, land was granted to 'The Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem' by 'John The Constable'. It was previously held by William, Clerk of Comberbach.

'John The Constable' died in Palestine in 1190 and Gilbert Brito granted land in Comberbach to Adam de Dutton who was an ancestor of the Warburtons. Adam de Dutton died in about 1205.

"Bagshaw's Directory" ....
In Bagshaw's Directory of 1850 he says ... ' the Manor of Comberbach was given by John de Lacy to Adam Dutton. Adam gave half of the estate to Norton Priory ' .

"Knights of St. John" ....
After the Dissolution of the Monasteries these lands were granted to John Grimsditch who sold most of them to Robert Eaton. The other half was given to 'The Knights of St. John', on condition that it was held by the Comberbach Family.

"Comberbach Hall" ....
On Friday 8th July 1932 much of the Marbury Estate which consisted of several houses, many cottages in the village and a large amount of land ( Ivy Lodge Farm included ) was sold at auction. It eventually came into the hands of several landowners, the principal ones being:

  • J.H.S.Barry Esq. Mr William Eaton, Mrs Catherine Nanfan
  • Peter Jackson Esq. and the Lord of the Manor, Mr Warburton.

Comberbach Hall

The old village school Log Book can be viewed at Chester Record Office. 'Lady Mary Smith-Barry' of Marbury Hall took a personal interest in the pupils, entertaining them at The Hall and visiting the school.




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