Wilmslow, Cheshire Family History Guide

Wilmslow is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cheshire.

Other places in the parish include: Chorley, Fulshaw, Chorley near Macclesfield, Pownall Fee, Bollinfee, and Bollin Fee.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1599

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Methodist New Connexion, Plymouth Brethren, Presbyterian Unitarian, Primitive Methodist, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WILMSLOW, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Cheshire. The village stands on the river Bollin and on the Northwestern railway, 6¼ miles SS W of Stockport; and has a post-office under Manchester, and a r. station. The railway crosses the vale of the Bollin here on a viaduct of eleven arches. The parish contains Bollin-Fee, Pownall-Fee, and Fulshaw townships in Altrincham district, and Chorley township in Macclesfield district. Acres, 8,028. Real property, £32,028. Pop. in 1851, 4,952; in 1861, 6,616. Houses, 1,248. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to Sir H. De Trafford, Bart., and J. B. Prescott, Esq. There are many good residences. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Chester. Value, £1,050. Patron, Sir H. De Trafford, Bart. The church was restored and enlarged in 1863, at a cost of £4,000. The p. curacy of Chorley is a separate benefice. A chapel of ease is at Styal: and there are, in different parts, eleven dissenting chapels, two mechanics’ institutes, several public schools, and charities £62. The sub-district excludes Chorley township, but includes two other parishes. Acres, 15,525. Pop., 7,531. Houses, 1,528.

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: 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