Macclesfield, St Peter

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Guide to Macclesfield St Peter, Cheshire family history and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

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Parish History

MACCLESFIELD, is a market-town, parochial chapelry, and newly-enfranchised borough, having a separate jurisdiction, it is locally in the parish of Prestbury, and hundred of Macclesfield, and the head of a union, in the Northern division of the county of Chester. The town is pleasantly situated near the southern extremity of the forest.

The parochial chapelry consists of the nine townships ofHurdsfield, Kettleshulme,Macclesfield, Macclesfield Forest, Pott-Shrigley, Rainow, Sutton, Wildboar-Clough, and Wincle. The parochial chapel, dedicated to St. Michael, and is dependent on the mother church at Prestbury.

Christchurch, was erected in 1775, at the expense of Charles Roe.

St. George's church, in Sutton, was erected as a dissenters' place of worship, the same township contains a church dedicated to St. James. In the year 1844, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners endowed two church districts St. Paul's and St. Peter's, Macclesfield, and the districts then became ecclesiastical parishes. There are places of worship for the Society of Friends,Independents, Primitive Methodists, Socinians, and Roman Catholics.[1]


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.

Church records

Macclesfield, St Peter chapelry 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, St Peter chapelry (1846) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1846-1909
FS BT'S 1874-1876

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.

 Here is a list of parish registers on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Parish registers for St. Peter's Church, Macclesfield, 1846-1947 Cheshire Record Office call no.: P187/1/1-3, P187/2/1-5, P187/3/1-2.

Parish Registers: St. Peter's Church, Macclesfield Film
Baptisms, 1846-1919. Marriages, 1849-1890.
2106063 Items 3 - 7
Marriages, 1890-1937. Burials, 1849-1912, 1929, 1941, 1947.
2106064 Items 1 - 6

Bishop's transcripts for St. Peter's Church, Macclesfield, 1874-1876 Cheshire Record Office: EDB 139

Bishops Transcripts: St. Peter's Church, Macclesfield Film
Baptisms, 1875, 1874, 1876.
1647520 Item 3

Non-Conformist Churches

  • Society of Friends
  • Independents
  • Primitive Methodists
  • Socinians
  • Roman Catholics

Civil Registration

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:

Registration Districts

  • Macclesfield (1837-1998)

Poor Law Unions

  • Macclesfield

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.

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  1. Samuel A. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 26 March 2013.