Goostrey, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

GOOSTREY, with Barnshaw, is a township and a chapelry, in the parish of Sandbach, union and hundred of Northwich, and S. division of Cheshire, it is 3 miles (N. by E.) from Church-Hulme, or Holmes-Chapel. A railroad, leading from Manchester to Crewe, passes for about four miles through.[1]

Goostrey St Luke was created as a parish in 1724 from the chapelry of Goostrey cum Barnshaw within the ancient parish of  Sandbach St Mary, Cheshire.

The parish of Goostrey is first mentioned in the Domesday Book and a church or chapel was present by 1244. In 1667 another south aisle was constructed for Edmund Jodrell and this was enlarged in 1711. In 1792 this chapel was demolished and the present church built between 1792 and 1796.

St Luke's Church, a Church of England church, was built before 1220, but it was not until 1350 that the mother church of Sandbach allowed burials here.


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.Online index may be searched at Cheshire BMD

Registration Districts

Here is a list of registration districts that have included Goostry since 1837, with inclusion dates.

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

Church Records

Goostrey 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
Goostrey (1561) Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1561-1909
FS BT'S 1600-1860

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.

Goostry-with-Barnshaw is a chapelry in Sandbach parish. The following records of Goostry-with-Barnshaw are deposited at the Record Office:

  • Parish registers for, 1561-1964. CRO call number: P124/1/1-4, 2/1-2, 3/1-2, 4/1-2.
  • Bishop's transcripts, 1576-1860. CRO call no.: EDB 95.

The following records are microfilmed and are available at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City:

Parish register content FHL Film #
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1561-1900. Baptisms, 1813-1964. Burials, 1813-1949. 2093578

Bishop's transcripts content FHL Film #
Baptisms, burials, marriages 1576-1681 (with gaps)  1655672 Item 3
Marriages, 1681-1754, 1772-1839. Baptisms, burials, 1681-1860. 1655823 Item 1
Non-Conformist Churches

Goostrey, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1875 and enlarged in 1930. Records are deposited at the Cheshire Record Office.

  • Minutes and accounts, 1875-1975, 3 volumes. CRO Document Reference EMS 186.

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

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A. A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848 adapted 5 March 2013


Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 165–167