Bunbury, Cheshire Genealogy
Guide to Bunbury, Cheshire family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
Bunbury Church and Village Street
|Poor Law Union||Nantwich|
|Parish registers: 1559|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1588|
|Diocese||Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester|
|Probate Court||Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory) Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Cheshire (Episcopal Consistory)|
|Location of Archive|
|Cheshire Record Office|
Bunbury St Boniface Cheshire is an Ancient Parish and includes Alpraham, Beeston, Calveley, Haughton, Wardle, Ridley, Spurstow, Tiverton, and Peckforton.
From the eighth century a church has been on the site, initially a wooden Anglo-Saxon church. By 1135 a stone Norman church was present. The church was rebuilt in the decorated style in 1320. In 1385–86 Sir Hugh Calveley endowed it as a collegiate church.
Its features include the Ridley chapel. St Boniface's Church, Bunbury, stands prominently in the village of Bunbury, Cheshire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Malpas. Its benefice is combined with that of St Jude, Tilstone Fearnall, Cheshire.
BUNBURY, is a township, a parish, and a subdistrict in the district of Nantwich, Cheshire. The township lies on the Chester canal and the Chester and Crewe railway, near the Calveley station, it is 3½ miles SSE of Tarporley; and it has a post office by the name of Higher Bunbury, under Tarporley. The parish contains also the townships of Tiverton, Tilstone-Fearnall, Beeston, Alpraham, Calveley, Wardle, Haughton, Spurstow, Ridley, Peckforton, and Burwardsley. There are seven dissenting chapels.
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.
Bunbury St Boniface parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:
|CPR = Cheshire Parish Register Project - free|
|FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers|
|FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts|
|JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - (£)|
|Bunbury St Boniface Parish (1559) Online Records|
|FS PR's|| 1565-1909
|FS BT'S||1588-1868|| NONE
Parish registers for Bunbury, 1559-1953 Cheshire Record Office reference: P40/1/1-4, 2/1-5, 3/1-6, P40/3296/1-6, P40/5/1-3, P40/6.
An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online at FamilySearch Historical Records.
Here is a list of church records on microfilm at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City.
|Parish Register Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, 1598-1812, 1813-Oct. 1842. Marriages, 1559-1765. Burials, 1559-1649, 1653-1812.||BRITISH 2093505|
|Baptisms, Aug. 1842-1953. Marriages, 1754-1812, 1837-Dec. 1847.||BRITISH 2093574|
|Marriages, 1813-1837, Dec. 1847-June 1940.||BRITISH 2093575|
|Marriages, June 1940-1951. Burials, 1813-1922. Copy of combined early registers, 1602-1681.||BRITISH 2093576 Items 1 - 6|
|Transcript of baptisms, 1602-1643.||BRITISH 2093577 Item 5|
Bishop's transcripts for Bunbury and Tilston-Fearnall, 1588-1868 Includes the Chapelry of Tilston-Fearnall, 1839-1868.
Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 38
An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts (Diocese of Chester) is available online at FamilySearch Historical Records.
|Bishop's Transcripts Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1588, 1593, 1600, 1603, 1608, 1610-1618, 1620-1633, 1636-1641, 1658-1660, 1662-1685, 1687-1699, 1701-1742, 1744-1754, 1757-1831.||BRITISH 1655425 Item 2|
|Marriages, 1832-1838. Baptisms, 1832-1868. Burials, 1831-1868.||BRITISH 1655426 Item 1|
- Bunbury, Trinity Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1806, rebuilt in 1868.
- Bunbury, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1876, closed in 1970.
Cheshire Record Office Reference EMS 23
Bunbury Primitive Methodist Chapel Registers1931-67, Various records1902-61
Their website is here.
|Other Content||FHL Film|
|Marriages, 1931-1967.||VAULT BRITISH Film 2299419 Item 2|
Cheshire Record Office Reference EMS 297 Bunbury, Trinity Chapel
Date 1834-1937 Administrative and financial records, records related to the Chapel buildings
A chapel was built by the Wesleyan Methodists in 1806. In 1868 a new building was erected and the old one sold.
RelatedMaterial For christenings 1839-1881 see EMC 16 4 2 (Tarporley circuit).
Their website is here.
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:
- Nantwich (1837–1937)
- Crewe (1937–74)
- Congleton and Crewe (1974–88)
- South Cheshire (1988–98)
- Cheshire Central (post 1998) The post 2009 reorganisation of civil registration can be found online at Cheshire BMD
Poor Law Unions
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.
Maps and Gazetteers
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
- John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72). Date accessed: 8 February 2013.
- 'CPR Project Progress (As on 17 January 2014),' Cheshire Parish Register Project, accessed 1 February 2014.
- Cheshire Coverage, The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 16 October 2013.
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any additional relevant sites that aren't mentioned above.
- Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 74–82
- Clifton-Taylor, Alec (1974), English Parish Churches as Work of Art, London: Batsford, p. 147, ISBN 0 7134 2776 0
- Bilsborough, Norman (1983), The Treasures of Cheshire, Manchester: The North West Civic Trust, p. 154, ISBN 0901347353
- Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, pp. 26–27, ISBN 1871731232
- Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) , The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 119–121, ISBN 0 300 09588 0