Barthomley, Cheshire Genealogy

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Guide to Barthomley, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Barthomley, Cheshire
St Bertoline Church Barthomley.jpg
St Bertoline Church Barthomley
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Nantwich; North Pirehill
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Nantwich
Registration District Congleton; Nantwich; Newcastle under Lyme
Records begin
Parish registers: 1562; Separate registers exist for Alsager beginning 1789 and for Crewe beginning 1846
Bishop's Transcripts: 1599; Separate records exist for Alsager beginning 1789
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Nantwich
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province York
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory) Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Cheshire (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Cheshire Record Office
Part of this parish is in Staffordshire, see alsoBarthomley, Staffordshire.

Parish History

BARTHOMLEY, a township in Nantwich district, Cheshire, and a parish in Nantwich and Congleton districts, Cheshire, and in Newcastle-under-Lyne district, Stafford. The township lies adjacent to the North Stafford railway, 1 mile S by W of Radway-Green station, and 5 SE of Crewe; and has a post office under Crewe. The parish includes also the townships of Crewe, Haslington, and Alsager in Cheshire, and the township of Batterley in Staffordshire. The chapelries of Alsager, Crewe-Green, and Haslington, are separate benefices (which also see).[1]

St Bertoline's Church, Barthomley is in the village of Barthomley, Cheshire and is an Ancient parish, which is partly in Cheshire and partly in Staffordshire.
The church stands in an elevated position on Barrow Hill, which was an ancient burial ground. It was the scene of a massacre in the Civil War.
The nave and tower date from the late 15th century and the Crewe chapel from about 1528. There was a restoration of the church between 1852 and 1854.
On Christmas Eve 1643, during the civil war, the church was the scene of a massacre.

Barthomley was an ancient parish within Cheshire. It contained five townships: Alsager, Balterley, Barthomley itself, Crewe, and Haslington. Of these, Balterley township and (now) civil parish was and is entirely in the neighbouring county of Staffordshire, and Crewe was later renamed Crewe Green to avoid confusion with the neighbouring unparished borough and railway town. All five townships were made separate civil parishes in 1866.

The Cheshire part of the ancient parish lay within Nantwich Hundred, Nantwich Poor Law Union, and Nantwich Rural Sanitary District, whilst the Staffordshire part lay in North Pirehill hundred, Newcastle under Lyme Poor Law Union and Rural Sanitary District. Later on, the modern civil parish (now entirely in Cheshire) was part of Nantwich Rural District.


Census records

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 241247.

Church Records

Barthomley St Bertoline 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
Barthomley St Bertoline Parish (1562) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1562-1885
FS BT'S 1599-1864   NONE

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.

Barthomley, St. Bertoline  Cheshire Record reference: P284/5063/1-13, 15.

Parish Register FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1562-1648, 1653-1677, 1680-1771 (marriages to 1760). Burials, 1772-1812. Marriages, 1789-1796. Baptisms, 1772-1847 BRITISH  2000008
Baptisms, 1846-1885. Marriages, 1754-1923 BRITISH 2000009
Burials, 1813-1888 BRITISH 2000010 Item 1

Bishop's transcripts for Barthomley, 1599-1864  Cheshire Record Office, Chester, England. Early text in Latin. Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 21. Bishop's Transcripts are online at FamilySearch Historical Records.

Bishop's Transcripts FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1599, 1605, 1607-1610, 1613-1615, 1617-1618, 1620-1624, 1626-1630, 1633, 1636-1639, 1641, 1658-1666, 1668-1685, 1687-1696, 1698-1814. BRITISH 1655367 Item 2
Burials, 1814-1836. Marriages, 1815-1836.  Baptisms, 1815-1864. BRITISH 1655396 Item 1

Non-Conformist Churches

  • Baptist
  • Primitive Methodist
  • Protestant Dissenters
  • Roman Catholic
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Non-Conformists records at the Family History Library:

Church records for the Primitive Methodists Church Alsager  Baptisms, 1863-1967. Film 2299417 Item 14

Civil Registration

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:

Registration Districts 

  •  Nantwich (1837–1937)
  •  Crewe (1937–74)
  •  Congleton & Crewe (1974–88)
  •  South Cheshire (1988–98)
  •  Cheshire Central (post1998) The post 2009 reorganisation of civil registration can be found online at Cheshire BMD

Poor-Law Unions

Probate records

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.

See also England Cheshire Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Maps and Gazetteers

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Barthomley in GENUKI


  1. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date accessed: 12 March 2013.


  •  Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 43–47
  • Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 22, ISBN 1871731232
  •  Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, pp. 103–104, ISBN 0 907768 18 0
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 71–72, ISBN 0 300 09588 0