Great Budworth, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Great Budworth, St. Mary and All Saints (C of E). A large ancient parish, originally serving the townships of Allostock, Anderton, Antrobus, Appleton, Aston by Budworth, Barnton, Bartington, Birches, Castle Northwich, Cogshall, Comberbach, Crowley, Dutton (part), Great Budworth, Hartford (part), Hulse, Lach Dennis, Little Leigh, Lostock Gralam, Marbury (near Northwich), Marston, Nether Peover, Northwich, Peover Inferior, Pickmere, Plumley, Rudheath (part), Seven Oaks, Stretton (near Runcorn), Tabley Inferior, Whitley Inferior, Whitley Superior, Wincham, Winnington and Witton cum Twambrooks

Lower Peover, St. Oswald (C of E) formed an ancient chapelry in Great Budworth parish.

In the Domesday Book there is a reference to a priest at Great Budworth. The church and its living were given to the Augustinian canons of Norton Priory by William FitzNigel, Constable of Chester and Baron of Halton in 1130. Geoffrey de Dutton was an early benefactor of the church. The oldest part of the present church, the Lady Chapel, dates from the 14th century; the rest of the church from the 15th and 16th centuries. Rowland Egerton-Warburton of Arley Hall paid for a restoration of the church in the 1850s.


Civil Registration

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.

Registration Districts
  •  Runcorn (1837–1974)
  •  Vale Royal (1974–98)
  •  Cheshire Central (1998–2009)
  •  Cheshire West (post 2009)

Registration events can be searched online at Cheshire BMD.

Church records

Great Budworth 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
Great Budworth (1558) Parish Online Records


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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 Great Budworth exist, 1558-1956. Some Latin in early registers.

Call numbers for parish registers in the Cheshire Record Office are: P41/1/1-4, P41/2/1-4, P41/3315/1, P41/3997/1, P41/3997/4-7, P41/3/1-15, P41/4/1-7, P41/5/1-4. Film copies in the Family History Library (FHL) are listed in the following table.

Parish registers Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1558-1734. 2262979
Baptisms, 1734-1923 (fire damage to registers, 1734-1812). Marriages, 1734-1754 (fire damage). 2262980
Marriages, July 1841-1884, 1893-1912. 2262982
Marriages, 1884-1893, 1912-1956. Banns of marriages, 1754-June 1840. 2298975
Banns of marriages, May 1840-1950. Burials, 1734-1839. 2298976
Burials, 1839-1892. 2298977 Item 1 - 2

Bishop's transcripts for Great Budworth, 1605-1900 Cheshire Record Office call number: EDB 97.

Bishop's transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials 1605-1608, 1612-1614, 1617-1622, 1625-1631, 1634, 1638-1642, 1658-1660, 1662, 1665-1671, 1673-1685, 1690-1738, 1741-1833. 1655825
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1756. 1894725 Item 1
Marriages, burials, 1833. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1834-1837. Baptisms, burials, 1838, 1840-1844, 1870-1900. 1655826 Item 1
Non-Conformist Churches

Great Budworth, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Cheshire Record Office DocumentReference EMS 176
Description Trustees' records book The chapel was built by the Wesleyan Methodists in 1888
Extent 1 vol
Their website is here.

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.

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.

Poor Law Unions

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  • Clifton-Taylor, Alec (1974), English Parish Churches as Work of Art, London: Batsford, p. 240, ISBN 0 7134 2776 0 
  • Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 170–175 
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 227–228, ISBN 0 300 09588 0
  • Bilsborough, Norman (1983), The Treasures of Cheshire, Manchester: The North West Civic Trust, p. 141, ISBN 0901347353
  • Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 40, ISBN 1871731232