Rainow, Cheshire Family History Guide

Rainow is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cheshire, created in 1785 from chapelry in Prestbury Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Harrop.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1765
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1765

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

RAINOW, a village, a township-chapelry, and a sub-district, in Cheshire. The village stands 2¾ miles N E of Macclesfield r. station; and is much scattered. The chapelry contains also Harrop hamlet, is in Prestbury parish, and comprises 5,750 acres. Post-town, Macclesfield. Real property, £7,619; of which £86 are in quarries, and £60 in mines. Pop., 1,550. Houses, 331. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Chester. Value, £120. Patron, the Vicar of Prestbury. The church is recent; is in the pointed style; and consists of nave, three aisles, and transept, with pinnacled tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and charities £10. The sub-district contains also two other townships of Prestbury parish, and all Taxal parish; and is in Macclesfield district. Acres, 15,995. Pop., 3,478. Houses, 730.

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


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • 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