Plemstall, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Plemstall, St. Peter is an Ancient parish which includes: Pickton, Mickle Trafford, Hoole, Bridge Trafford, and Picton.

Mickle Trafford was a township in the parish of Plemstall.

The recorded history of the church goes back to the 7th century. It is believed that the present church is built on the site where Plegmund, later Archbishop of Canterbury, lived as a hermit. The surrounding land used to be a marsh and the church stands in a slightly elevated area which was known as "The Isle of Chester". A holy well dedicated to St Plegmund is near the church.

The original church was built in the 12th century but the present building dates mostly from the 15th century. This was financed by the Trafford family who lived locally. A tower was added at the west end in 1826. Inscriptions in the church show that there were restorations in 1684, 1711, 1802–03 and 1819. Death watch beetle was found in some roof rafters and the church was re-roofed in 1958. 

St Peter's Church, Plemstall stands in an isolated position at the end of a country lane near the village of Mickle Trafford, Cheshire, England. It is a Grade I listed building. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Chester. Its benefice is combined with that of St John the Baptist's Church, Guilden Sutton.

Plemstall is an area in the civil parish of Mickle Trafford, the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester, and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England. It lies northeast of the village of Mickle Trafford.


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
  •  Great Boughton (1837–69)
  •  Chester (1870–1937)
  •  West Cheshire (1937–74)
  •  Chester and Ellesmere Port (1974–98)
  •  Cheshire West (post 1998)

Registration events can be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church records

Plemstall 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
Plemstall Parish Online Records


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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.

Registers of Baptisms 1558–1909, Marriages 1558–1949 and Burials 1558–1917 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office DocumentReference P 97  Registers: Christenings 1558-1909, Marriages 1558-1949, Burials 1558-1917. Records other than registers 1683-1956
Their website is here.

Non-Conformist Churches

Mickle Trafford, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1885.

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


  • Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, pp. 62–63, ISBN 1871731232
  • Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 273–278
  • Latham, Frank A. (ed.) (2005), Mickle Trafford, The Local History Group, p. 48–57, ISBN 0 9551470 1 8