Chester St Peter, Cheshire Genealogy
Chester St Peter Chester is an ancient parish church serving part of the city of Chester.
St Peter's Church, Chester is in Eastgate Street in the centre of the city of Chester, Cheshire, England, immediately to the north of Chester Cross. It is a Grade I listed building. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Chester. Its benefice is united with that of St John's, Chester.
The church stands on the site of part of the Roman Praetorium and some of its fabric dates from that time. A church is said to have been built on this site by Ethelfleda in 907. The present church dates from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, with modifications in the following three centuries. Formerly the tower had a spire which was removed and rebuilt in the 16th century, taken down in the 17th century, then rebuilt and finally removed "having been much injured by lightning" about 1780. In 1886 the church was restored by John Douglas, which included the addition of a pyramidal spire.
Chester St Peter 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|
|Chester St Peter Parish Online Records|
|FS BT'S|| NONE
To find the names of the neighbo ring 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.
Parish registers for St. Peter's Church, Chester, 1588-1958 Cheshire Record Office reference: P 63/1/1-3, P63/2/1-3, P63/3/1-5, P63/4/1-3, P63/5, P63/4658/1-3, P63/5266
An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online at FamilySearch Historical Records
|Parish register Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1588-1812. Baptisms, 1813-1956.||BRITISH 2045912|
|Marriages, 1813-1913. Banns, 1823-1904||BRITISH 2045913|
|Marriages, 1913-1958. Banns, 1904-1945||BRITISH 2262740 Items 9 - 12|
|Burials, 1813-1849||BRITISH 2045918 Item 1|
Bishop's transcripts for St. Peter's Church, Chester, 1600-1879 Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 61
An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop's Transcripts (Diocese of Chester) is available online at FamilySearch Historical Records
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1600, 1610-1611, 1613-1617, 1625-1627, 1629-1635, 1637-1640, 1663, 1666-1676, 1679-1680, 1682, 1684, 1700, 1710-1711, 1714-1717, 1719-1720, 1723-1725, 1727, 1732-1740, 1742-1744, 1746, 1748-1823, 1825. Marriages, (Jan.-Dec.) 1824.|| BRITISH |
1655592 Item 2
|Marriages, May-Dec. 1824. Burials, baptisms, 1824, 1840-1843, 1845. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1826-1839. Baptisms, 1846-1879.|| BRITISH |
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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.
Non Conformist Churches
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.
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.
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- Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 121–126
- Hubbard, Edward (1991), The Work of John Douglas, London: The Victorian Society, pp. 184, 256, ISBN 0 901657 16 6
- Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, p. 123, ISBN 0 907768 18 0
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