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Guide to Macclesfield Forest with Wildboarclough, 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 market-town, parochial chapelry, and newly-enfranchised borough, having a separate jurisdiction, it is locally in the parish of Prestbury, and hundred of Macclesfield, and the head of a union, in the Northern division of the county of Chester. The town is pleasantly situated near the southern extremity of the forest.
The parochial chapelry consists of the nine townships of Hurdsfield, Kettleshulme, Macclesfield, Macclesfield Forest, Pott-Shrigley, Rainow, Sutton, Wildboar-Clough, and Wincle. The parochial chapel is, dedicated to St. Michael, and is dependent on the mother church at Prestbury.
There are places of worship for the Society of Friends, Independents, Primitive Methodists, Socinians, and Roman Catholics. 
WILDBOARCLOUGH, a township in Prestbury parish, Cheshire; 6½ miles SE of Macclesfield.
St Stephen's Macclesfield Forest is an ancient chapelry in the Ancient parish of Prestbury. It included Tytherington, Upton, Wildboarclough, Kettleshulme, and Lyme Handley.
St Stephen's Church is also known locally as Forest Chapel.
Wildboarclough (pronounced Will'berclough) was a township and chapelry in Prestbury Parish, Macclesfield Hundred and Wildboarclough St Saviour, Cheshire was founded as a parish in 1873 from within St Stephen's parish.
Macclesfield Forest now forms part of Rainow parish, but still proudly retains its own local chapel. Forest Chapel (Church of St Stephen) in Macclesfield Forest was built in 1673.
In Wildboarclough, the church of St Saviours is at the centre of one of the parishes in a benefice which also includes Wincle, Bosley and North Rode.
There is also a Methodist chapel on the boundary of the parish at Gradbach (built in 1849).
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 241240. 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.
The 1611 Survey of the Manor and Forest of Macclesfield will provide a census substitute for the inhabitants. This website lists all those freeholders, copyholders and tenants living in the area at the time of the Survey
Macclesfield Forest with Wildborclough St Stephen chapelry registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:
|FMP = FindMyPast|
|NBI = National Burial Index (FindMyPast) - (£)|
|Macclesfield Forest with Wildboarclough St Stephen Chapelry (1675) Online Records|
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.
Prestbury, St. Peter (C of E). The ancient parish church for Wildboarclough.
Macclesfield Forest, St. Stephen (C of E). An ancient chapelry in Prestbury parish.
Wildboarclough, St. Saviour. Founded 1873 as a chapel to Macclesfield Forest, becoming a parish church in 1906. Registers of Baptisms from 1873, Marriages from 1912, and Burials from 1910 are held at the church.
Parish registers date from 1737 earlier chapelry records for Macclesfield Forest with Wildboarclough are included:
Some entries read Macclesfield Forest with Wildboarclough. Macclesfield Forest and Wildboarclough are in the parish of Prestbury.
Here is a list of church records on microfilm at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City.
Parish registers for Macclesfield Forest Chapelry, 1666-1971 Cheshire Record Office Call no.: P88/1-4, 2356/1.
|Parish Register: Macclesfield Forest Chapelry||FHL film|
|Baptisms and burials 1666-1675, 1731-1746, 1751, 1759-1812, (some severely damaged) Item 5 Baptisms 1813-1926. Marriages 1891-1968. Burials 1813-1971.||BRITISH 1656451 Items 2-7|
Bishop's transcripts for Macclesfield Forest Chapelry, 1812-1837 Cheshire Record Office: EDB 140
|Bishops Transcripts: Macclesfield Forest Chapelry||Film|
| Baptisms, 1812-1826, burials, 1813-1825, 1829-1837, baptisms, 1829-1837.
|| 1647520 Item 4|
- Wesleyan Methodist
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:
- Macclesfield (1837–98)
- Cheshire East (post 1998)
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.
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