Macclesfield, Christ Church, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

MACCLESFIELD, a town, a township, four chapelries, a district, in Cheshire. It dates from ancient times.

There areIndependents,Wesleyan's, and New Connexion Methodist chapels; as well as United Free Methodist, Baptist, Quakers', Primitive Methodist, Independent Methodist and Unitarian chapels. As well as a Roman Catholic church, and a W Lady-chapel; it contains three chapels, for respectively Churchmen, and Dissenters.

The four chapelries of Macclesfield are St. Michael, St. Paul, St. Peter, and Christchurch.The parts of the town beyond Macclesfield township are in the chapelries of Sutton-St. George and Hurdsfield; and all the six chapelries are in Prestbury parish.[1]

Great King Street. Founded 1775 as a chapel to Macclesfield, St Michael's, becoming the parish church for part of Macclesfield in 1888; closed in 1983.

In the second half of the 18th century the parish church of Macclesfield. In 1772 David Simpson was appointed curate to the church but was deprived of his curacy because of his evangelical beliefs and preaching. Simpson had been invited to Macclesfield by Charles Roe. Roe built Christ Church for David Simpson, who became its first vicar.

David Simpson was a close friend of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Unusually for an Anglican church.

Following the closure of the church in 1983, the graveyard was reclaimed as an area of open space. This involved the exhumation of at least some of the corpses buried in the graveyard.


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.

Church records

Macclesfield, Christ Church 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
Macclesfield, Christ Church Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1775-1812
FS BT'S 1779-1836

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.

Cheshire Record Office Reference P 84
Macclesfield Christ Church Parish
Date 16th century - 20th century
Registers: C 1775-1983, Marriages 1889-1982, Burials 1776-1961. Records other than registers 1599-1983

Non-Conformist Churches

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.

For more information on the history of the workhouse, see Peter Higginbotham's web site: and

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

Macclesfield Poor Law Union,Cheshire

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Wilson, John Marius Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales 1871-72, adapted 26 March 2013


Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: B. T Batsford, pp. 213–216
Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 268, ISBN 0 300 09588

David Simpson (1745–1799)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press