Northenden, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

NORTHEN, or Northenden (St. Wilfrid), is a parish, in the union of Altrincham, hundred of Macclesfield, North division of the county of Chester; containing, with the tything of Northen-Etchells, it is 7 miles (S.) from Manchester. The parish is situated on the river Mersey.[1]

Northenden St. Wilfrid is an ancient parish in Cheshire including Etchells and Northen Etchells.
Norwordine (North clearing) may have been a Saxon settlement and the dedication to Saint Wilfrid the 8th century Bishop of York may suggest that he visitied the place. 

The first record of the village is in the Domesday Book (1086), in which the church is mentioned, though the manor is described as vasta ~ devastated.  


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
  •  Altrincham (1837–98)
  •  Bucklow (1898–1936)
     Succeeded by Trafford,Macclesfield, Warrington and Manchester districts on abolition. Registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church records

Northenden 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
Northenden Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS BT'S 1608-1877

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.

Parish registers for Northen, 1561-1914 Northenden is most often called Northen. Manchester Archives Central Library call numbers: M 340/1/1/1-3, 5; M 340/1/2/2-3; M 340/1/4/1-4; M 340/1/5.

Parish registers Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1561-1793. Baptisms and burials, 1794-1813. Baptisms, 1813-July 1850. BRITISH 2355965 Items 4 - 8
Baptisms, Apr. 1850-1914. Banns, 1754-1813, 1824-1900. Marriages, 1754-1900. Burials, 1813-1853. BRITISH 2355966
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1681-1853. BRITISH 477545

Bishop's transcripts of Northenden, 1608-1877

An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts is available online in Family Search Historical records (formerly Record Search).

Northenden is referred to as Northen. Cheshire Record Office no.: EDB/158 Records are not arranged in strict chronological order. Some intermittent years are missing.

Bishop's Transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1608, 1610, 1621, 1623, 1627-1629, 1631-1637, 1639-1641, 1663, 1667-1669, 1671-1684, 1708-1745, 1747-1792, 1794-1830. Burials, 1831. BRITISH 1836281
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1831-1843. Baptisms, burials, 1844-1877. BRITISH 1836282 Item 1

Non-Conformist Churches
  •  Northenden, St. Hilda (Roman Catholic). Built in 1901.
  •  Northenden, Gospel Mission Hall. Built in 1886.
  •  Northenden, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1828, rebuilt in 1886.

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 2 April 2013