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WOODHEAD, a chapelry, and a division of the township of Tintwistle, in the parish of Mottram-in Longdendale, union of Ashton-under-Lyne, hundred of Macclesfield, N. division of the county of Chester, 6 miles (E. N. E.) from the village or town of Mottram. There is a place of worship for Calvinistic Methodists.
Woodhead St James was a chapelry created in the Parish of Mottram in Longdendale, Cheshire. It became a parish in 1724.
Standing almost eight hundred feet up at the head of the Longdendale Valley, with fewer than forty people living within a four mile radius this must be one of the most desolate chapels in the country. It may already be well over 500 years old, since 1487 is usually given as its foundation date.
Local rumour suggests that the fifteenth century building - probably wooden - was at Robin-i-Meers, about three quarters of a mile further up the valley by the River Etherow; the dedication seems to have changed from the Blessed Virgin to St. James some time later, which might imply a new building.
The churchyard is notable for the burial of navvies involved in the construction of the Woodhead Railway Tunnel (1845) to connect Manchester and Sheffield by railway.
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.
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 241238. 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.
Woodhead St James parish 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|
|Woodhead St James Parish (1781) Online Records|
|FS PR's|| 1781-1909
|FS BT'S|| 1816-1867
Mottram-in-Longdendale, St. Michael (Church of England). The ancient parish church for Tintwistle.
Woodhead, St. James (Church of England).
A chapel to Mottram founded in 1724, becoming a parish church in 1856. Registers of Baptisms 1780–1981, Marriages 1856–1960 and Burials 1782–1992 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office
Tintwistle, Christ Church (Church of England). Founded 1836 as the parish church for Hollingworth and Tintwistle. Registers of Baptisms 1837–1882, Marriages 1839–1949 and Burials 1837–1893 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office
Micklehurst, All Saints (Church of England). Church Lane, Mossley. Founded 1895 as a chapel to Millbrook, becoming a parish church in 1962. Registers of Marriages 1900–1939 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office. Registers of Baptisms from 1895 are held at the church (no burials).
Parish registers of Woodhead, Cheshire, 1780-1992 Woodhead is a chapelry in Mottram-in-Longendale parish.
Cheshire Record Office call numbers.: P76/1, P76/4875/1, P76/4875/2, P25/2826/40, P76/4875/3, P76/3276/1.
|Parish register Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, 1780-1981. Marriages, 1856-1960. Marriage banns, 1854-1921. Burials, 1780-1992. Register of graves, 1877-1899. Index 1780-1812.||BRITISH 2105693 Items 9 - 14|
|Burials, 1845-1864,1867. Baptisms, 1846-1867.||1647762 Item 1.|
Woodhead- St James
Baptisms-1780-1812- MFPR 526
Burials-1780-1812- MFPR 526
For original registers of above please enquire at Cheshire Record Office.
The Manchester Room and Greater Manchester County Record Office
The Manchester Room@City Library (Local Studies)
Earlier Bishop's Transcripts for Mottram in Longdendale may also contain events.
Bishop's transcripts for Woodhead, 1816-1867 Microfilm of originals in the Cheshire Record Office, Chester.
Formerly a chapelry in Mottram-in-Longendale parish.
Cheshire Record Office Call number: EDB 228
|Bishop's Transcript Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms & burials, 1816-1845.||1647761 Item 6.|
- Calvinistic 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:
- Ashton under Lyne (1837–1937)
- Hyde (1937–74)
- High Peak (post 1974)
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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