Chelford, Cheshire Family History Guide

Chelford is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cheshire, created in 1720 from chapelry in Prestbury Ancient Parish.

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1674
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1839

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CHELFORD, a township-chapelry in Prestbury parish, Cheshire; on the river Peover, and on the Manchester and Crewe railway, 5 miles ESE of Knutsford. It has a station on the railway, and a post office under Congleton. Acres, 290. Real property, £2,318. Pop., 256. Houses, 40. The property is divided among a few. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Chester. Value, £100. Patron, J. Dixon, Esq. The church is in the early English style, and has a tower and spire.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CHELFORD, a chapelry, in the parish of Prestbury, union and hundred of Macclesfield, N. division of the county of Chester, 5 miles (S. E. by E.) from Knutsford; containing, with the township of Old Withington, 392 inhabitants, of whom 201 are in Chelford township. This township comprises 1161a. 34p., of which about a fourth is arable land, of a level surface, and a sandy soil. It lies on the Knutsford and Macclesfield road, and five roads meet in the village. The Birtles and Henbury brooks unite immediately below the chapel, forming in Astle Park a fine sheet of water, which empties itself into a brook called Peover-leve. Here is a station on the Manchester and Birmingham railway. Astle Park is the seat of J. Dixon, Esq. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £128; patron and impropriator, Mr. Dixon: there is a glebe-house, with 11½ acres of glebe; and in Newton, near Middlewich, are also 30 acres. The chapel, rebuilt in 1776, is a plain edifice. In 1754, John Parker, Esq., erected a school, and endowed it with £50, to which Thomas Moss and Samuel Brook added each £100.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Census

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911

Parish Records

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Cheshire

Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 - FamilySearch

Cheshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1598-1900 - FamilySearch

England, Cheshire Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900

England, Cheshire Probate Records, 1492-1940

England, Cheshire Workhouse Records, 1848-1967

England, Cheshire, Land Tax Assessments, 1778-1832

England, Cheshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1606-1900

England, Cheshire, Register of Electors, 1842-1900

England, Cheshire, School Records, 1796-1950

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977

Occupations

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

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Cemeteries

Memorial inscriptions of St. John the Evangelist, Chelford, North Macclesfield, Cheshire Author: Macclesfield Ferrets

Census

Census returns for Chelford, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Chelford, 1839-1903 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Chelford (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Bishop’s transcripts for Prestbury, Chelford, Adlingron, Saltersford-cum-Kettleshulme, 1596-1858 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Prestbury (Cheshire); Church of England. Chapelry of Chelford (Cheshire); Church of England. Chapelry of Adlington (Lancashire); Church of England. Chapelry of Saltersford-cum-Kettleshulme (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Chelford burials, 1748-1776, Chelford baptisms, 1777-1794, Adlington baptisms, 1777-1794, Prestbury baptisms, 1777-1782 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Prestbury (Cheshire); Norman, Bertram William Tuff, 1880-1959

Churchwarden accounts for Chelford, 1817-1892 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Chelford (Cheshire)

Marriages at Chelford, 1674-1752 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Chelford (Cheshire)

Parish registers for Chelford, 1679-1934 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Chelford (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers for Prestbury, 1560-1990 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Prestbury (Cheshire); Church of England. Chapelry of Chelford (Cheshire); Church of England. Chapelry of Saltersford-cum-Kettleshulme (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Parish registers for Prestbury, 1771-1776 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Prestbury (Cheshire)

Computer printout of Chelford, Chesh., Eng

History

A disastrous find Author: Poulson, Sue (Susan M.)

Taxation

Churchwarden accounts for Chelford, 1817-1892 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Chelford (Cheshire)

Land tax assessments for Chelford, 1784-1831 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Land tax assessments for Macclesfield hundred, 1784-1787, 1815-1819 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Newspaper Archives

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British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Maps

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Administration

  • County: Cheshire
  • Civil Registration District: Macclesfield
  • Probate Court: Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory), Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Chester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry, Post-1540 - Chester
  • Rural Deanery: Macclesfield
  • Poor Law Union: Macclesfield
  • Hundred: Macclesfield
  • Province: York