Acton, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Acton St Mary near Nantwich is an Ancient parish which commenced keeping parish registers from the year 1653. The parish includes Worleston, Stoke, Sound, Poole, Newhall, Hurleston, Henhull, Faddiley, Edleston, Edlaston, Coole Pilate, Cool Pilate, Cholmondestone, Baddington, Brindley, Burland, Cholmondeston, Aston juxta Mondrum, Austerson, and Aston.

A church has been present on this site since before the time of the Domesday Survey. The tower is the oldest in Cheshire, although it had to be largely rebuilt after it fell in 1757. One unusual feature of the interior of the church is that the old stone seating around its sides has been retained.

The presence of a church with two priests on the site is recorded in the Domesday Book. The church and its lands were given by the second Baron of Wich Malbank to Combermere Abbey early in the 12th century. Following the dissolution of the monasteries, the advowson was granted to Richard Wilbraham and it then passed to the Lords Tollemache.

The tower was built about 1180, which makes it the oldest tower in Cheshire. When it was built it was over 100 feet  high but its top collapsed in a storm in March 1757 damaging the roof of the church and the clerestory. It was rebuilt but only to a height of 80 feet . The north aisle was built in the last quarter of the 14th century in Decorated style and the south aisle and chancel were built early in the 15th century. The internal fittings of the church were damaged in the Civil War.There were restorations in the 17th and 18th centuries, and a further restoration in 1897–98 by Austin and Paley.


Census Records

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Civil Registration

Registration Districts

Here is a list of registration districts that included Acton from 1837, with dates of inclusion.

  •  Nantwich (1837–1937)
  •  Crewe (1937–74)
  •  Congleton and Crewe (1974–88)
  •  South Cheshire (1988–98)
  •  Cheshire Central (post 1998)

Registration events can be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church Records

Aldingham parish registers and Dendron (its chapelry) registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed for numerous years and by the following groups:

FS =
LOPC Lancashire Online Parish Clerk project
AC =
FREG = FreeReg
ACTON PARISH (1653) Indexes
Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1561-1860
LOPC 1638-1877 1638-1848 1638-1877
LBMD None None None
AC 1542-1695 1542-1695 1542-1695
DENDRON Chapelry (1810) Indexes
FS None None None
LOPC 1810-1873 None 1816-1873
LBMD None None None

The following records are deposited at the Record Office:

  • Parish registers for Acton-near-Nantwich, 1653-1999.
  • Bishop's transcripts for Acton, 1586-1886. CRO reference: EDB 1.

An index for Cheshire, Church of England, parish registers and bishop’s transcripts (Diocese of Chester) is available online in Record Search at

Here is a list of church records for Acton on microfilm at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City.

Parish Registers: Film
Baptisms: 1653-Nov. 1859; Marriages: 1653-1754; Burials: 1653-1750. 2147020
Baptisms, Dec. 1859-Feb. 1999. Marriages, Apr. 1754-June 1857. 2147021
Marriages, May 1857-May 1975. 2147066
Marriages, June 1975-1999. Marriage banns, 1789-1994. Burials, 1751-1812 (includes contributions to Acton Free School records, 1662, 1716, 1766, 1789, 1862-1864; charities and charity accounts, 1861, will of George Huxley, churchwardens' account, 1857). 2147067
Burials, 1813-1982. Graves registers, 1823-1862, 1886-1965. 2147068 Items 1 - 8

Bishop's Transcripts: Film
Marriages, burials 1586-1814.  Baptisms 1586-1815 (with gaps). 1647762 Item 3
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1815-1827, 1829-1844. 1647763
Marriages, 1844-1874. Baptisms, burials, 1845-1874. 1647802
Marriages 1875-1876. Baptisms, burials, 1875-1886. 1647803 Item 1

Non-Conformist Churches

Acton (Weaverham) Methodist Chapel. The chapel was built by the Wesleyan Methodists in Forest Road in 1878 next to an earlier chapel erected in c.1834. The first chapel was used by the Sunday School until new premises were built adjoining the new chapel in 1903.

School Records

School Registers for Acton (near Nantwich), 1877-1952 Film
Girls' Admission Register, 1877-1893. Boys' Admission Register, 1878-1903 1894886 Items 4-5
Mixed School Log Books, 1903-1952 (includes children evacuated from St. Silvester R.C. School, Liverpool in 1939). 2299012 Items 1-2

Poor Law Unions

Probate Records

Cheshire Probate Records see also England Cheshire Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Web Sites


  • Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 15–18
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003), The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 53–54, ISBN 0 300 09588 0
  • Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, pp. 16–17, ISBN 1871731232