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Guide to Macclesfield Christ Church, Cheshire family history and genealogy: parish registers (baptism, christening, marriage, and burial records), civil registration (birth, marriage, and death records), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and websites.
MACCLESFIELD, is a town, a township, four chapelries, and a district, in Cheshire. It dates from ancient times.
There are Independents,Wesleyan's, and New Connexion Methodist chapels; as well as United Free Methodist, Baptist, Quakers', Primitive Methodist, Independent Methodist and Unitarian chapels. As well as a Roman Catholic church, and a W Lady-chapel; it contains three chapels, for respectively Churchmen, and Dissenters.
The four chapelries of Macclesfield are St. Michael, St. Paul, St. Peter, and Christ church.The parts of the town beyond Macclesfield township are in the chapelries of Sutton-St. George and Hurdsfield; and all the six chapelries are in Prestbury parish.
Great King Street. Founded 1775 as a chapel to Macclesfield, St Michael's, becoming the parish church for part of Macclesfield in 1888; closed in 1983.
In the second half of the 18th century the parish church of Macclesfield. In 1772 David Simpson was appointed curate to the church but was deprived of his curacy because of his evangelical beliefs and preaching. Simpson had been invited to Macclesfield by Charles Roe. Roe built Christ Church for David Simpson, who became its first vicar.
David Simpson was a close friend of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Unusually for an Anglican church.
Following the closure of the church in 1983, the graveyard was reclaimed as an area of open space. This involved the exhumation of at least some of the corpses buried in the graveyard.
Census records from 1841-1891 are available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 241256. To view these census images online, they are available through the following websites for a fee ($) or free:
- FamilySearch has some of the British Censuses available.
- FindMyPast ($) has all available census records including images, and is free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and some public and academic libraries.
- Ancestry.co.uk ($) has now all available census records but free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and at numerous public and academic libraries. The library versions are known as AncestryInstitution.com.
- The Genealogist.co.uk ($) has all available censuses and is free at Family History Centers and the Family History Library and various other libraries.
- FreeCen is a UK census searches. It is not complete and individuals are always asked to consider helping out with transcriptions.
Macclesfield, Christ Church chapelry registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:
|FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers|
|FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts|
|Macclesfield, Christ Church Chapelry (1773) Online Records|
|FS PR's|| 1775-1812
|FS BT'S|| 1779-1836
To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
Cheshire Record Office Reference P 84
Macclesfield Christ Church Parish
Date 16th century - 20th century
Registers: C 1775-1983, Marriages 1889-1982, Burials 1776-1961. Records other than registers 1599-1983
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:
Poor Law Unions
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cheshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
Maps and Gazetteers
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: B. T Batsford, pp. 213–216
Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) , The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 268, ISBN 0 300 09588
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