Over, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

St Chad's Church, Over is in the town of Winsford, Cheshire, England. It was formerly in the separate town of Over, but with the growth of Winsford it has become part of this town. Over, St. Chad, Church Hill was an ancient parish church, originally serving the townships of Low Oulton and Wettenhall and parts of Marton (near Winsford) and Over. Extended in 1876 to include the township of Darnhall.

The church originates from the 14th century and it has been modified on a number of occasions. The original church consisted of a nave with a narrow north aisle, a wide south aisle and a chancel. The south aisle was built in 1543 by Hugh Starkie of Oulton, a gentleman usher to Henry and a benefactor to Cheshire churches. In 1870 the church was restored by Ewan Christian and W Milford Teulon. The north aisle was widened in 1904 by John Douglas. The south aisle and nave were lengthened in 1926 but the 14th-century east window was retained.

Whitegate, St. Mary (C of E). An ancient parish church, originally serving the townships of Darnhall and parts of Marton (near Winsford), Over and Weaverham cum Milton. Registers of Baptisms 1565–1932, Marriages 1565–1942 and Burials 1565–1951 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office
Winsford, Christ Church (C of E), High Street. A chapel of ease to Over St. Chad, built in 1844, rebuilt in 1882, closed in 1969. Registers of Baptisms 1843–1968 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office (no marriages or burials).
Over, St. John the Evangelist (C of E), Delamere Street. Founded 1863 as the parish church for part of Over. Registers of Baptisms 1863–1980, Marriages 1863–1982 and Burials 1868–1970 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office
Sandiway, St John the Evangelist (C of E). The parish church for part of Over since 1935.


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
  • Northwich

Registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church records

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 Over, 1558-1929 Cheshire Record Office call number: P146/1/1-4, 2/1-5, 3/1-4, 4, 5/1-4.

Cheshire parish registers are available online in Family Search Historic Records

Parish registers Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1558-1700. Marriages, 1558-1700. Burials, 1558-1733. BRITISH 2105096 Items 6 - 7
Baptisms, 1700-1911. Marriages, 1700-January 1783. Burials, 1732-1812. BRITISH 2105305
Marriages, February 1772-1912. Marriage banns, 1863-1929. Burials, 1813-November 1848. BRITISH 2105306
Burials, July 1848-1917. BRITISH 2105307 Items 1 - 3

Bishop's transcripts for Over, 1588-1876  Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop’s transcripts are available online in FamilySearch Historic Records Cheshire Record Office number: EDB/162

Bishop's transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1588, 1600, 1607, 1609, 1613-1615, 1617-1620, 1623-1630, 1633-1637, 1641, 1658-1660, 1662-1666, 1668-1671, 1673-1677, 1679-1685, 1687-1689, 1696-1763, 1766-1818. BRITISH 1751482 Items 2 - 5
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1816-1833. BRITISH 1751483
Burials, 1833. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1834-1837.  Baptisms, burials, 1838-1871. BRITISH 1751484
Burials, 1871-1876. Baptisms, 1872-1876. BRITISH 1751485 Item 1

Note that the change of Over to Winsford involves the later church of  Christ Church, Winsford, which  became known as St. Chad's, Over in 1939. That church has records at Chester Record Office number P318.

Non-Conformist Churches

Ways Green, St. Joseph (Roman Catholic). Founded 1949.
Over, St. Paul's Methodist Church (Free). Built in 1836 on Over Lane, rebuilt in 1877 on High Street, closed in 1977. Registers 1868–1977 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
Over, Central Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1842 on Chapel Street, rebuilt in 1871 on High Street, closed in 1976. Registers 1861–1976 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
Over, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Swanlow Lane. Built in 1861, closed in 1954. Registers 1925–1949 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
Over, Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Chester Road. Built in 1876.
Over, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), High Street. Built in 1883, closed in 1977. Registers 1887–1977 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
Meadowbank, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1897.
Over, St. Andrew's Methodist Chapel. Opened 1977.
Over, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Swanlow Lane. Built in 1814.

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.

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


Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 263–267
Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 61, ISBN 1871731232
Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 389, ISBN 0 300 09588 0