Rostherne, Cheshire Family History Guide

Rostherne is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire.

Other places in the parish include: Tatton, Bollington, Agden near Altrincham, Agden, Acton, Mere, Tabley Superior, Snelson, Over Tabley, and Millington.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1594
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1600

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Methodist New Connexion, and Wesleyan Methodist.

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Parish History


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ROSTHERNE, a village and a township in Altrincham district, and a parish partly also in Macclesfield district, Cheshire. The village stands 3½ miles N of Knutsford r. station, and has a post-office under Knutsford. The township comprises 1,512 acres. Real property, £2,679. Pop., 393. Houses, 80. The parish contains also the townships of Tatton, Marthall, Mere, Peover-Superior, Tabley-Superior, Millington, High Leigh, Snelson, and part of Agden. Acres, 19,096. Pop. in 1851, 4,190; in 1861, 4,058. Houses, 758. R. township belongs to Lord Egerton; Bollington, to the Earl of Stamford; Agden, to Sir J. L. N. Chetwode, Bart.; Mere, chieflyto T. J. L. Brooke, Esq.; and High Leigh, to Lord Egerton, E. Leigh, Esq., and G.Legh, Esq. Tatton H all is the seat of Lord Egerton; Rostherne New Hall, of the Hon. W. Egerton; Agden Hall, of T. S. Bazley, Esq.; Mere New Hall, of T. J. L. Brooke, Esq.; High Leigh Hall, of G.Legh, Esq.; and West Hall, of Major E. Leigh. Rostherne mere is a lake of 118 acres. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelries of Bollington and Hoo-Green, in the diocese of Chester. Value, £325. Patron, Lord Egerton. The church is debased later English; consists of nave, aisles, side-chapels, and chancel, with porch and pinnacled tower; and containsmonuments of the Egertons. The p. curacies of Marthall, High Leigh, and Over-Tabley, and the chaplaincy of High Leigh, are separate benefices. Chapels of ease are at Bollington and Hoo-Green; and chapels for Independents, Baptists, and Wesleyans, are in Millington. There are several public schools, and charities £102. Martin-dale, an ejected minister, was vicar.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ROSTHERNE (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Altrincham, chiefly in the hundred of Bucklow, but partly in that of Macclesfield, N. division of the county of Chester; containing 3953 inhabitants, of whom 386 are in the township of Rostherne, 3½ miles (N. by W.) from Knutsford. The parish comprises the chapelries of High Legh and Peover-Superior; the townships of Marthall with Little Warford, Mere, Millington, Rostherne, Snelson, Tabley-Superior, and Tatton; and part of the townships of Agden and Bollington. In Rostherne township are 1377 acres, of which the soil is sand and clay; about one-fourth is under the plough, the remainder being cultivated for dairy purposes. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £10; net income, £131; patron, W. Egerton, Esq.; appropriators, the Dean and Canons of Christ-Church, Oxford. The church is much admired for its beautiful situation on the margin of an extensive lake or mere; it contains several ancient monuments, and in the chapel of the Egerton family is a sumptuous one by Bacon to Samuel Egerton, Esq., who died in 1780. There are two incumbencies at High Legh, one at Marthall, and one at Peover-Superior.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Agden, a township partly in the parish of Rosthern, but chiefly in that of Bowdon, co.-palatine of Chester; 2½ miles south-west of Altrincham. Pop., in 1801, 85; in 1831, 99. Houses 12. Acres 670. A. P. £1,026. Poor rates, in 1837, £72.

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


England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

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  • 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: Frodsham
  • Poor Law Union: Altrincham
  • Hundred: Bucklow; Macclesfield
  • Province: York