Sandbach is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Cheshire.

Other places in the parish include: Hassall, Rudheath, Little Hassall, Leese, Lees, Twemlow, Cranage, Cotton, Bradwall, Betchton, and Arclid.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1562
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1576

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

SANDBACH, a town, a township, a parish, and a sub-district, in Cheshire. The town stands near the river Wheelock, the Grand Trunk canal, and the North-western railway, 4¾ miles NE of Crewe; is a seat of petty-sessions, and a polling-place; consists partly of old narrow streets, partly of good new ones; presents a well-built, neat, and clean appearance; and has a head post-office, a r. station, a banking office, two chief inns, a market-place, with two ancient obelisks, a plain town hall, a public hall built in 1857, a county police station alsobuilt in 1857, a savings’ bank in the Tudor style built in 1854, a fire-engine station, public baths, a church, four dissenting chapels, a grammar school, large national schools, and charities £520. The church is later English; comprises nave, aisles, chancel, two chapels, and aporch; and has a handsome pinnacled tower, rebuilt in 1847-49. The Independent chapel was built in 1865. The grammar school is in the Tudor style, with a frontage of 210 feet; was erected at a cost of £5,000; and hasan endowed income of £200. A weekly market is held on Thursday; and fairs on Easter-Tuesday, the Thursday after 12 Sept., and 28 Dec. The town was formerly famous for malt liquor, and for worsted-yarn and stuffs; and it now carries on silk-throwsting in several extensive factories, the making of boots and shoes for the Manchester and Liverpool markets, and a considerable trade in connexion with salt-works and corn mills. Pop. in 1861, 3,252. Houses, 713. The township includes all the town, and extends beyond it. Acres, 2,584. Real property, £15,708; of which £210 are in gas-works. Pop. in 1851, 4,659; in 1861, 4,989. Houses, 1,082 The manor belongs to Lord Crewe. S. Old Hall was built in 1656, forms a fine specimen of old timber-framed houses, and is now an inn. The parish contains also the townships of Arclid, Bradwall, Wheelock, Betchton, Hassall, Blackden, Twemlow, Cranage, Leese, Cotton, Church-Hulme, and Goostrey-with-Barnshaw; the last in Northwich district, all the others in Congleton district. Acres, 16,310. Pop. in 1851, 8,552; in 1861, 9,046. Houses, 1,841. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Chester. Value, £1,000. Patron, the Rev. J. R. Armitstead. The p. curacies of Sandbach-Heath, Elworth, Wheelock, Church-Hulme, and Goostrey are separate benefices. The sub-district contains six townships of S. parish, six of other parishes, and all Church-Lawton parish. Acres, 21,632. Pop. in 1851, 11,307; in 1861, 12,690. Houses, 2,555.

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


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Parish Records

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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

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England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

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

Marriage Records

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

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

Non-Conformist Records

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  • County: Cheshire
  • Civil Registration District: Congleton
  • 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: Congleton
  • Hundred: Nantwich; Northwich
  • Province: York

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