Northenden, Cheshire Genealogy
Guide to Northenden, Cheshire family history and genealogy: parish registers (baptism, christening, marriage, and burial records), civil registration (birth, marriage, and death records), census records, history, wills, cemetery, online transcriptions and indexes, an interactive map and websites.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
Northenden St Wilfrid 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 St Wilfrid Parish (1563) Online Records|
|FS PR's|| NONE
|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|
- 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 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.
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
- Altrincham (1836–95)
- Bucklow (1895–1930)
- Altrincham (renamed Bucklow) Poor Law Union, Cheshire
Maps and Gazetteers
Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.
- Lewis, Samuel A., [A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted 2 April 2013
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