Northenden, Cheshire Family History Guide

Northenden is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire.

Other places in the parish include: Northern Etchells, Etchells, and Northen Etchells.

Alternative names: Northen, Northern

Parish church: St. Wilfrid

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1563
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1608

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

Northenden

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

NORTHEN, or Northenden, a village, a township, and a parish, in Altrincham district, Cheshire. The village stands on the river Mersey, at the boundary with Lancashire; adjacent to the Cheshire Midland railway, 4¼ miles W of Stockport; is a scattered place; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, and a post-office under Manchester. The township comprises 1,434 acres. Real property, £4,820. Pop., 709. Houses, 155. The parish contains also the township of Etchells, and comprises 3,716 acres. Real property, £13,852. Pop. in 1851, 1,359; in 1861, 1,430. Houses, 308. The manor, with Wythenshawe Hall, belongs to T. W. Tatton, Esq. The Hall is an ancient mansion, was garrisoned for the King in the civil wars of Charles I., and was captured by the parliamentarian troops in Feb. 1643. Ravenswood is the residence of J. Johnson, Esq.; Rosehill, of E. W. Watkin, Esq.; and Holly House, of J. M. Leigh, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester. Value, £406. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Chester. The church is an early English; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with porch and low tower; and contains some tablets to the Tattons. There are an endowed national school with £23 a year, and charities £19.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

NORTHEN, or Northenden (St. Wilfrid), a parish, in the union of Altrincham, hundred of Macclesfield, North division of the county of Chester; containing, with the tything of Northen-Etchells, 1386 inhabitants, of whom 659 are in the township of Northen, 7 miles (S.) from Manchester. This place once belonged to the Tatton family, whose ancient Hall, during the reign of Charles I., was garrisoned for the king, and besieged and ultimately taken by the parliamentarians; the remains exhibit features of very great antiquity. The parish is situated on the river Mersey, and comprises 3386 acres, of which 1165 are in the township of Northen; the whole is in a high state of cultivation. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £10. 7. 6.; net income, £406; patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Chester. The tithes of Northen township have been commuted for £177, and the glebe consists of 42 acres. The church, originally a fine specimen of Norman architecture, of which it retains many beautiful details, has been much disfigured by alterations, and is now principally in the later English style; it has an enriched wooden screen.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Etchells

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Etchells, a township, partly in the parish of Northen and partly in that of Stockport, co.-palatine of Chester; 4 miles west-south-west of Stockport. Tithes commuted in 1839; aggregate amount £135 6s. 9d. Acres 4,120. Houses 245. A.P. £6,421. Pop., in 1801, 1,269; in 1831, 1,443. Poor rates, in 1838, £273 3s.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

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

Rosthorne, Northenden, Mobberley and Flixton : monumental inscriptions, parish register extracts and miscellaneaous notes Author: Owen, John

St. Wilfred’s Church, Northenden, Diocese of Manchester, Diocese of Manchester, monumental inscriptions Author: Hall, Leslie W.; Pilgrim, Peter J.; Family History Society of Cheshire

Census

Census returns for Northenden, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts of Northenden, 1608-1877 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Northen (Cheshire); Cheshire Record Office

Northen, St. Wilfrid’s parish church, a transcription of the registers, 1563-1680 Author: Bratt, Clifford

Parish registers for Northen, 1561-1914 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Northen (Cheshire)

Computer printout of Northenden, Chesh., Eng

Parish register printouts of Northen, Lancashire, England ; christenings, 1564-1681 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Northenden, Cheshire, England ; marriages, 1564-1680 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Northenden, Cheshire, England, christenings, 1677-1852 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

History

The impact of civil war on a community : Northenden and Etchells in Cheshire, 1642-1660 Author: Groves, Jill

Looking back at Northenden Author: Deakin, Derick

Looking back at Wythenshawe Author: Greatorex, Jean; Clarke, Sheila

Wythenshawe : a history of the townships of Northenden, Northen Etchells and Baguley Author: Shercliff, W. H. (William Henry)

Wythenshawe : a history of the townships of Northenden, Northen Etchells and Baguley Author: Shercliff, W. H. (William Henry)

Wythenshawe : the story of a garden city Author: Deakin, Derick

Taxation

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

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

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Maps

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Administration

  • County: Cheshire
  • Civil Registration District: Altrincham
  • 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: Altrincham
  • Hundred: Macclesfield
  • Province: York