Handforth St Chad, Cheshire Genealogy

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England Gotoarrow.png Cheshire Gotoarrow.png Handforth St Chad

Parish History

Handforth St Chad was created as a chapel of ease to Cheadle St Mary's  to relieve the journey of nearly five miles to St Mary’s Church in Cheadle,. The Chapel was consecrated on 29 June 1837.  A church was built on adjacent land and became the parish church in 1877.

Handforth St Chad  served Handforth cum Bosden and parts of Cheadle.


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
  • Stockport

registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church 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 Handforth, 1840-1941 The chapelry of Handforth is in the township of Handforth-with-Bosden, in the parish of Cheadle.Cheshire Record Office reference: P10/1/1, P10/3410/1.

An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online in Record Search

Parish Registers Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1840-1895. BRITISH 1656720 Item 4
Baptisms, 1896-1941. BRITISH 2069091 Item 4

Bishop's transcripts for Cheadle and Handforth, 1610-1888 Includes the Chapelry of Handforth-[with-Bosden].
Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 48

An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts (Diocese of Chester) is available online in Record Search  

Bishop's Transcript Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1610, 1630, 1633, 1635-1643, 1663-1685, 1689-1691, 1695, 1727, 1731-1735, 1737-1738, 1744-1824. Baptisms, 1825, Marriages Jan-Feb 1825. BRITISH 1655427
Marriages Feb-Dec 1825, Jan-Aug 1834. Burials, 1825. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1826-1833. Baptisms, 1834. BRITISH 1655428
Marriages, Aug-Dec 1834. Burials, 1834, Jan-Feb 1885. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1835-1837. Baptisms, burials, 1838-1852, 1873-1884. BRITISH 1655429
Baptisms, burials, 1885-1886, 1888. BRITISH 1655478 Item 1

Census records

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

For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: www.workhouses.org.uk and http://www.workhouses.org.uk/index.html?Stockport/Stockport.shtml

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