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Shocklach St Edith is an Ancient Parish and includes: Caldecott, Shocklach Oviatt, and Church Shocklach. The parish is sometimes referred to as Church Shocklach. Other dwellings and places within the parish include Castletown (part), Green Croft, Lane End (part), Lordsfields, Port Green, The Saughans.
St Edith's is a small Norman church, one of the oldest ecclesiastical buildings in Cheshire. The church is a Grade I listed building and its simple Norman work is considered to be unique in Cheshire. The dedication is an unusual one and the church is detached from the population and this has given rise to speculation about the reasons for this.
The church was built about 1150 by Thomas de Shocklach. The chancel was added in the 14th or the 15th century. In the 17th century the west wall of the nave was restored and altered to provide a small baptistry between two buttresses. A vestry was added to the north of the chancel in 1926.
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
- Wrexham (1837–96)
- Chester (1897–1937)
- West Cheshire (1937–74)
- Chester and Ellesmere Port (1974–98)
- Cheshire West (post1998)
registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD
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.
Parish registers for Shocklach, 1538-1981 Cheshire Record Office call number: P 308/4772/1-8
An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online in Record Search
|Parish registers Contents||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1538-1837. Banns, 1825-1933. Burials, 1838-1981. Baptisms, 1838-1873.||BRITISH 2045847 Items 1 - 7|
Bishop's transcripts for Shocklach, 1585-1890
|Bishop's transcripts Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1588, 1585, 1588, 1599, 1601-1606, 1610-1611, 1613-1618, 1622-1631, 1634, 1639, 1664-1665, 1667-1669, 1671-1673, 1676-1677, 1679-1683, 1685, 1694, 1697-1698, 1701-1704, 1706-1739, 1741-1744, 1746, 1748-1750, 1753-1754, 1756-1760, 1763-1783, 1785-1786, 1788-1800, 1804-1806, 1808-1816, 1818-1819, 1823-1840. Burials, 1864-1890. Baptisms, 1817, 1817, 1822, 1864-1890. Marriages, 1822.||BRITISH 1751621 Item 1|
The 1841 Census returns for Shocklach are missing.
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 104269.
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.
- A transcribed copy of probate records for Malpas 1603-1625 can be located in book form The Ancient Parishes of Malpas Tilston and Shocklach
Poor Law Unions
- Wrexham (1837–96)
- Tarvin (1897–1930)
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- Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 294–296
- Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 68, ISBN 1871731232
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) , The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 334, ISBN 0 300 09588 0