Bowdon, Cheshire Genealogy
Guide to Bowdon, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
Bowdon St Mary's
|Poor Law Union||Altrincham|
|Parish registers: 1628; Separate registers exist for Timperley beginning 1849|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1600|
|Diocese||Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester|
|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|
Bowdon St Mary the Virgin is an ancient parish is Cheshire including originally Altrincham, Ashley, Baguley, Bowdon, Carrington, Dunham Massey, Hale (near Altrincham), Partington and Timperley and parts of Agden (near Lymm), Ashton upon Mersey and Bollington (near Lymm).
A church on the site was noted in the Domesday Book. It is likely that a new church was built in the 14th century and remodelled in the 16th century. The church was completely rebuilt between 1858 and 1860 by W. H. Brakspear, although the 16th century roofs of the aisles were retained and incorporated into the new structure.
BOWDON, or Bowden (St. Nicholas), is a parish, in the union of Altrincham, hundred of Bucklow, N. division of the county of Chester; comprising the chapelries of Altrincham and Carrington, the townships of Ashley, Baguley, Bowdon, Dunham-Massey, Hale, Partington, and Timperley, and part of the townships of Agden, Ashton-upon-Mersey, and Bollington; it is 1 mile (S. W. by S.) from Altrincham. There are three chapels, forming separate incumbencies; viz., Altrincham, built in 1799; Carrington, built about 1760, at the cost of the Countess of Stamford; and Ringway, the date of which is uncertain.
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 241233.
Bowdon Blessed Virgin Mary parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:
|BIVRI = British Isles Vital Records Index (Ancestry) - (£)|
|FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers|
|FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts|
|FMP = findmypast|
|NBI = National Burial Index (findmypast) - (£)|
|Bowdon Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (1600) Online Records|
|FS PR's|| 1628-1909
|FS BT'S||1605-1900|| NONE
|FMP (£)|| KN
Dunham Massey registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|DUNHAM MASSEY Online Records|
Ashley registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:
|ASHLEY PARISH (1538) 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. Parish registers for Bowdon, 1628-1993
An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online in FamilySearch Historical Records. Here is a list of church registers on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
|Parish Records Content||FHL Film|
|Marriages, 1628-1681, 1683-1774. Baptisms, 1628-1738. Burials, 1628-1738.||BRITISH 2092999|
|Baptisms and burials, 1770-1812. Marriages, 1775-1828.||BRITISH 2093924|
|Baptisms, 1813-1855. Marriages, 1828-1837. Burials, 1813-1841.||BRITISH 2093925|
|Baptisms, 1853-1881. Burials, 1841-1884.||BRITISH 2093926|
|Baptisms, 1881-1956. Burials, 1884-1973.||BRITISH 2093927|
|Baptisms, June 1956-1964. Marriages, 1837-December 1872.||BRITISH 2093928|
|Marriages, December 1872-1976.||BRITISH 2093929|
|Banns of marriages, 1842-1908. Grave register, 1673-1993 (with index).||BRITISH 2094110 Items 1 - 4|
Bishop's transcripts for Bowdon, 1600-1900 Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 32
An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts is available online at FamilySearch Historical Records
|Bishop's Transcripts Contents||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1600, 1606-1607, 1610-1611, 1616, 1621, 1623, 1626-1629, 1633, 1635, 1637, 1640, 1660, 1663, 1666, 1668-1676, 1678-1683, 1685, 1688, 1690-1692, 1694, 1696-1697.||BRITISH 1655398 Item 3|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1697-1702,1705-1821.||BRITISH 1655420|
|Burials, (January-December) 1821, 1838-August 1843. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1822-1837. Baptisms 1838-1843.||BRITISH 1655421|
|Baptisms, 1845, 1847-1871. Burials, July 1843-July 1872.||BRITISH 1655422|
|Baptisms, 1871-1894, 1898-1900. Burials, (June-December), 1871-1900.||BRITISH 1655423 Item 1|
Bowdon, St. Paul's Methodist Church (Wesleyan), Enville Road. Built in 1880.
Bowdon, Methodist Church (Wesleyan), Vicarage Lane.
Bowdon, Methodist Church (Wesleyan), Priory Street.
Bowdon, Presbyterian Church, Delamere Road. Built in 1872.
Bowdon- Bowdon Wesleyan, Enville Road Manchester Central Library collection:
Baptisms-1857-1927- MFPR 2134
Baptisms-1927-1966- Archives C18/5
Their website is here.
Church records for Wesleyan Methodist Church, Bowdon, 1857-1927
|Non-Conformist Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, 1857-1927.||BRITISH 2357269 Item 11|
Bowdon Vale Methodist church
Bowdon Downs- Bowden Downs Congregational Manchester City Library collection
Burials-1881-1887- MFPR 2157
Bowdon- Partington Independent Baptisms-1815-1837- MFPR 292. Also searchable http://www.bmdregisters.co.uk/
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:
- Altrincham (1837–98)
- Bucklow (1898–1974)
- Trafford (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.
Maps and Gazetteers
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Bowdon on GENUKI
- Lewis, Samuel A. A Topographical Dictionary of England and Wales (1848). Date accessed: 5 February 2013
- 'British Isles Vital Records Index - 2nd Ed. Breakdown of Records', Genoot, accessed 14 October 2013.
- 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage', Find My Past, accessed 15 October 2013.
To take an online 360 tour of the church http://www.bowdonchurch.org/#/st-marys/4535967268
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) , The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven & London: Yale University Press, pp. 110, ISBN 0 300 09588 0
- Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford
- Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, pp. 113, ISBN 0 907768 18 0