Macclesfield, St Michael's
Prestbury Ancient parish and includes Hurdsfield, Saltersford, Kettleshulme and Macclesfield.
The first church on this site was a chapel built around 1220, soon after the borough of Macclesfield was established. Around 1278 it was extended or rebuilt by Queen Eleanor, wife of Edward I and dedicated to All Saints or All Hallows. A chapel, known as the Legh chapel was built around 1442 for Sir Piers Legh who fought and died at the Battle of Agincourt. Between 1505 and 1507 the Savage Chapel, a larger chantry chapel, was built by Thomas Savage, Archbishop of York from 1501 to 1507.
There have since been a number of reconstructions of the church. In 1739–40 it was rebuilt in classical style and at this time it is likely that the church was rededicated to St Michael. In 1740 the wooden tower was taken down because it was considered dangerous. In 1819 the east end was rebuilt and a new chancel added. The last major rebuilding was in 1898–1901 by Arthur Blomfield when the whole church, other than part of the chancel and the Legh and Savage chapels, were replaced.
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.
- Macclesfield (1837–1998)
- Cheshire East (post 1998)
registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD
To find the names of the neighboring 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.
Cheshire Record Office Reference P 85
St Michael Parish Registers: Christenings 1572-1962, Marriages 1572-1985, 1572-1873. Records other than registers 1685-2003 Crompton Road Schoolroom Christenings 1861-1896.
Parish registers for St. Michael's Church, Macclesfield, 1572-1960
An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online in FamilySearch Historical Records (formerly Record Search)
Cheshire Record Office reference: P85/1/1-11, P85/2/1-13, P85/3/1-7, P85/4/1-11, P85/5/1-4, P85/7/1-2, P85/6/1, P85/8/1, 3, P85/15, P85/5541/1-8, 13.
|Parish registers Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1572-1704. Index to early registers, 1699-1754.||BRITISH 2105801 Items 6 - 11|
|Baptisms, 1704-June 1815. Marriages 1704-1756. Burials, 1704-1812. Index to early registers, 1699-1754.||BRITISH 2105906|
|Baptisms, 1815-1836||BRITISH 2105907|
|Baptisms, 1836-1869||BRITISH 2105908|
|Baptisms, 1869-1888. Marriages, 1835-1857||BRITISH 2105909|
|Marriages, 1857-1894. Marriage banns, 1835-1864||BRITISH 2105910|
|Marriage banns, 1864-1948. Burials, 1813-1837||BRITISH 2105911|
|Burials, 1837-1873. Church pew list, 1742. Church pew rent accounts, 1838-1882. Gown user list, 1859-1866. Marriage papers, 1854, 1882||BRITISH 2105912 Items 1 - 6|
|Baptisms at the Crompton Road School room, 1861-1896||BRITISH 2106063 Item 2|
|Baptisms, 1876-1912||BRITISH 2262785 Items 8 - 9|
|Marriages, 1894-Nov. 1945.||BRITISH 2262786|
|Marriages, Nov. 1945-1951. Banns of marriages, 1948-1960||BRITISH 2262787 Items 1 - 2|
Bishop's transcripts for St. Michael's Church, Macclesfield, 1586-1892
An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop’s transcripts is available online in Historical Records (formerly Record Search)
Macclesfield, St. Michael's is a chapelry in the parish of Prestbury. Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 137.
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|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1586, 1600, 1605, 1608, 1611, 1615, 1617, 1619-1620, 1622-1623, 1625-1626, 1628-1637, 1641, 1663-1680, 1682-1685, 1790.||BRITISH 1656845 Item 2|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1668-1683, 1685-1687, 1689-1697, 1700-1704, 1706, 1708-1717, 1719-1722, 1725-1754. Baptisms, burials, 1755-1772.||BRITISH 1656950|
|Baptisms, burials, 1772-1799, 1801-1825. Burials, 1826.||BRITISH 1656951|
|Baptisms, burials, 1826-1835. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1836.||BRITISH 1656952|
|Marriages, 1837. Baptisms, 1837-1845, 1884-1885, 1889-1892. Burials, 1836-1845.||BRITISH 1656953|
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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.
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Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: B. T Batsford, pp. 205–212
Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, pp. 46–47, ISBN 1871731232
Pevsner, Nikolaus (2003) , The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 265–267, ISBN 0 300 09588 0