Over, Cheshire Family History Guide

Over is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire.

Other places in the parish include: Oultonlowe, Swanlow, Winsford, and Low Oulton.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:


  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1588


  • Parish registers: None
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1844

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

OVER, a small town, a township, and a sub-district in Northwich district, and a parish partly also in Nantwich district, Cheshire. The town stands near the river Weaver, 2½ miles W of Winsford r. station, and 4¼ W of Middlewich; belonged, till the 54th of Henry III., to the Earls of Chester; was given, by Prince Edward, to Darnhall abbey; passed to Vale Royal abbey; was given, at the dissolution, in exchange for Cartmel manor, to Sir Thomas Holcroft; went by sale to Edmund Pershall, and afterwards, about the middle of the 17th century, to T. Cholmondeley, Esq.; belongs now to Lord Delamere; acquired the rights of a market and a fair by charter of Edward I.; is nominally a borough, governed by a mayor; consists chiefly of one long irregularly-built street, with Over-lane going thence at right angles down to Winsford-bridge, and is supplied with gas from works near Winsford-bridge; and has a post-office under Middlewick, a quondam market-hall, three churches, four dissenting chapels, a working men’s institute, an endowed school with £70 a year, and two national schools. The market-hall was erected in 1840; is a large brickbuilding; and has been converted into a national school. The parish church, or St. Chad’s, stands about a mile S of the town; was rebuilt in 1543, by Hugh Starkey, Esq., usher to Henry VIII.; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and contains an altar-tomb, and brass effigies of its founder. St. John s church serves for a section of the parish formed into a chapelry in 1864, and containing about 2,000 inhabitants; was built in 1864, at a cost of about £5,000, as a memorial to Lady Delamere; is in the decorated English style, of Runcornstone; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with tower and spire 140 feet high. Christ church stands in Over-lane; was built in 1844, by the trustees of the Weaver Navigation company; is in the early English style; and consists of nave and chancel, with tower and spire. The Independent chapel was built in 1866, at a cost of £2,000; measures 70 feet by 41; and is in a modified Gothic style, with a vestibule and columns in front, and with an open-timbered roof. The other dissenting chapels are Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist, and United Free Methodist. The endowed school stands near the parish church; and was founded in 1689, by Mrs. Venables and T. Lee, Esq. The weekly market was discontinned about 1745; was re-established in 1840; was again almost discontinued; and has been superseded by a Saturday evening market at Winsford. Fairs for cattle and sheep are held on 15 May and 25 Sept., and are well attended. An extensive salt trade is carried on, and some boat-building is done.

The township contains also Swanlow hamlet, includes part of Whitegate parish, and comprises 4,578 acres. Real property, £19,672; of which £50 are in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 3,167; in 1861, 3,774. Houses, 790. Pop. of the Whitegate portion, in 1851, 592; in 1861, 636. Houses, 122. Vale Royal is the seat of Lord Delamere; Swanlow House, of J. A. Davenport, Esq.; Oak House, of P. A. Wood, Esq.; and Bark House, of J. Holland, Esq. The parish contains also the townships of Low Oulton and Wettenhall; and, together with the Whitegate portion of Over township, comprises 7,469 acres. Real property, with the Whitegate portion of Over township, £22,981. Pop., exclusive of the Whitegate tract, in 1851, 2,926; in 1861, 3,454 Houses, 720. The manor of Low Oulton belongs to Sir Philip de Malpas G. Egerton, Bart.; and that of Wettenhall, to W. Tollemache, Esq. The living of St. Chad is a vicarage, and the livings of St. John and Christ church are p. curacies, in the diocese of Chester. Value of St. Chad and St. John, each £150; of Christchurch, £150. Patron of St. Chad and Christchurch, the Bishop of Chester; of St. John, Lord Delamere. The p. curacy of Wettenhall also is a separate benefice. A Wesleyan chapel is in Swanlow; and a church and a Primitive Methodist chapel are in Wettenhall. The sub-district contains Over and Low Oultontownships, three townships of Middlewich, three of Davenham, two of Whitegate, and all Little Budworth. Acres, 18,146. Pop. in 1851, 7,129; in 1861, 8,304. Houses, 1,699.

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


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

FamilySearch Catalog - Free


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


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

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Cheshire
  • Civil Registration District: Northwich
  • 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: Middlewich
  • Poor Law Union: Northwich
  • Hundred: Eddisbury
  • Province: York