Gawsworth, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

GAWSWORTH, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Macclesfield district, Cheshire. The village stands near the Grand Trunk canal and the North Staffordshire railway, 3½ miles SW by S of Macclesfield. The post town is, Macclesfield. The sub-district contains also five townships of Prestbury parish, and one of Astbury.[1]

Gawsworth St James is an Ancient parish There is a record of a chapel on the site in the 13th century but the present building dates from the 15th century.


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

The following civil registration districts had jurisdiction over Gawsworth from 1837:

  • Macclesfield (1837–1998)
  • Cheshire East (1998+)

Registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church Records

Gawsworth 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
FMP = FindMyPast
Gawsworth (1557) Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1557-1885
FS BT'S 1586-1868   NONE
FMP (£)      NK



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.

Gawsworth, St. James (C of E), is the ancient parish church for the township of Gawsworth. The following records are deposited at the Cheshire Record Office.

  • Registers of Baptisms 1557–1885, Marriages 1557–1987 and Burials 1557–1993. CRO call numbers: P193/4467/1-8, 13, P193/5583
  • Bishop's transcripts for Gawsworth, 1586-1868. CRO call number: EDB 92.

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

Parish register content FHL Film #
Baptisms, 1813-1885. Marriages, 1668-1837. Burials, 1667-1673. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1557-1667, 1673-1812. 1999985
Marriages, 1837-1958; Burials, 1813-1860 2000007 Items 1 - 3
Burials, 1860-1993. 2147232 Item 4

Bishop's transcripts content FHL Film #
Marriages, 1586-1791, 1813-1836. Baptisms, burials, 1586-1839, 1841-1842, 1867-1868. Baptisms, 1851. 1655672 Item 2

Non-Conformist Churches

Gawsworth, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), The Warren. Built in 1892. The following records are deposited at the Cheshire Record Office;

CRO call number EMS 369.

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

Maps and Gazetteers

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Web sites


  1. Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) adapted 1 March 2013


Clifton-Taylor, Alec (1974), English Parish Churches as Work of Art, London: Batsford, p. 240, ISBN 0 7134 2776 0
Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 222–223, ISBN 0 300 09588 0 
Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 160–164 
Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 38, ISBN 1871731232 
Morant, Roland W. (1989), Cheshire Churches, Birkenhead: Countyvise, p. 133, ISBN 0 907768 18 0