Bosley, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Bosley St Mary the Virgin was originally a chapelry in the Ancient Parish of Prestbury.  

The church was originally dedicated to St. Thomas a Becket of Canterbury but later this was changed to St. Lawrence and then to St. Mary the Virgin. It was formerly a chapel of ease for Prestbury, and was granted the right to have a font and burial ground by Pope Boniface in a Papal Bull of 5 April 1402 as recorded at Lichfield. The parish registers go back to 1728 and the list of vicars to approximately 1596.

Following the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, there were a series of Acts of Parliament designed to punish the Nonconformists and to protect the Church of England.

BOSLEY, a chapelry, in the parish of Prestbury, union and hundred of Macclesfield, N. division of the county of Chester, 4¾ miles (E. N. E.) from Congleton. The chapelry is situated on the road from Manchester to Derby.[1]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

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

Church Records

Bosley parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:

FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts
Bosley Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1728-1868
FS BT'S 1612-1903   NONE

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Prestbury, St. Peter was the ancient parish church for Bosley.
Bosley, St. Mary . An ancient chapelry to Prestbury, becoming the parish church for Bosley in 1883. 

Parish registers of Bosley, Cheshire, 1728-1847

Bosley is a chapelry in Prestbury parish.
Cheshire Record Office reference: P42/1/1-2, P42/2, P42/3.

An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online in Record Search

Parish registers Content FHL Film
Baptisms, burials, 1728-1788. BRITISH 1941869 Item 14
Baptisms, burials, 1788-1847. BRITISH 1941870 Items 1 - 3

Bishop's Transcripts 1617-1893 Some text in Latin. The transcripts are online on Record Search.
Chapelry (now a parish) in Prestbury parish. Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 31

An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop's Transcripts (Diocese of Chester) is available online in Record Search

Bishop's Transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1617, 1619-1623. Baptisms, burials, 1626-1627, 1634-1637, 1639, 1641, 1662-1675, 1677-1681, 1696-1700, 1718-1752, 1755-1857. Baptisms, 1858. BRITISH 1655397 Item 3
Baptisms and burials, 1858-1893. BRITISH 1655398 Item 1

Non-Conformist Churches
Bosley - Methodist Chapel.jpg

Bosley, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Founded 1832. Memorial inscriptions have been published by the FHS of Cheshire (1995).

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.

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cheshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Poor Law Unions

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Web sites 


  1. Lewis,Samuel A. A Topographical Dictionary of England and Wales (1848), adapted 5 February