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Wildboarclough St Saviour, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History[edit | edit source]

Wildboarclough (pronounced Will'berclough) was a township and chapelry in  Prestbury, Cheshire Parish, Macclesfield Hundred and Wildboarclough St Saviour was founded as a parish in 1873 from within  Macclesfield Forest St Stephen,Cheshire parish. Wildboarclough, St. Saviour. Founded 1873 as a chapel to Macclesfield Forest, becoming a parish church in 1906.

Wildboarclough St Saviour contributor Jonathan Billinger.jpg

It is famed as being the place where the last wild boar in England was killed. However this is a myth.There are conflicting explanations for the name either that the name arises from the rapid rise in levels of the Clough Brook after a heavy fall of rain, or as a deep valley (i.e. a clough) frequented by wild boar.

Wildboarclough Founders plaque.jpg

The parish church was founded by the Earl of Derby from the earlier chapelry.

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Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

  •  Macclesfield (1837–98)
  • Cheshire East (post 1998)

Post 1837 registration events may be searched at  Cheshire BMD and Free BMD

Church Records
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Non-Conformist Churches
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"Methodists held a Sunday service at Gradbach monthly in 1798 and fortnightly in 1802.  A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built on the Cheshire side of the boundary beyond Manor Farm in 1848 but was apparently used only from 1849.  It was known as Gradbach Wesleyan chapel in 1994."

From: 'Alstonefield: Quarnford', A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 7: Leek and the Moorlands (1996), pp. 49-56. URL: Date accessed: 04 December 2010.

Records of the Chapel may be located at Staffordshire and Stoke and Trent Archive Service Staffordshire Record Office within the Leek Circuit Staffordshire.

Non-Conformist Records
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Census[edit | edit source]

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Macclesfield Poor Law Union,Cheshire

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  •  Bilsborough, Norman (1983). The Treasures of Cheshire. Manchester: The North West Civic Trust. ISBN 0-901347-35-3.
  • Mills, A D (1997). Dictionary of English Place-Names (2nd ed). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280074-4.

[edit | edit source] Image of the Quarnford or Gradbach Methodist chapel.