Prestbury, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

PRESTBURY (St. Peter), is a parish, in the union and hundred of Macclesfield, N. division of the county of Chester; comprising the town of Macclesfield. The parish is the largest in the county, consisting of 32 townships, of which nine are in the parochial chapelry of Macclesfield; the others are, Adlington, Birtles, Bollington, Bosley, Butley, Capesthorne, Chelford, Fallybroome, Henbury with Pexhall, Lyme-Handley, Marton, Mottram St. Andrew, Newton, Poynton, Prestbury, North Rode, Siddington, Tytherington, Upton, Lower and Old Withington, Woodford, and Worth. The dissenters have also numerous places of worship.[1]

Prestbury St Peter is an ancient parish and was an extraordinarily large parish with a number of chapelries. The parish church of St Peter, a building largely of the 13th century, was restored in 1879 by Sir George Gilbert Scott. In the churchyard is the church’s Norman predecessor, a chapel largely rebuilt in 1747.

Prestbury, Norman chapel Cheshire.jpg

At the time of the Norman Conquest, the parish consisted of thirty-five townships:

Adlington Adlington, Cheshire      Kettleshulme See Prestbury St Peter      Prestbury  
Alderley Alderley, Cheshire
Lower Withington Lower Withington, St Peter,Cheshire
Rainow Rainow, Cheshire
Birtles Birtles,St Catherine
Lyme Handley  
Siddington Siddington, Cheshire
Bollington Bollington, Cheshire
Macclesfield Macclesfield, Cheshire
Bosley Bosley, Cheshire
Macclesfield Forest Macclesfield Forest St Stephen,Cheshire
Marton Marton St. James,(near Congleton) Cheshire
Capesthorne Capesthorne, Holy Trinity, Cheshire
Mottram St Andrew  
Chelford Chelford, Cheshire
Newton Newton in Mottram, Cheshire
North Rode North Rode, Cheshire
Wincle Wincle, Cheshire
Gawsworth Gawsworth, Cheshire
Old Withington  
Woodford Woodford, Christ Church, Cheshire
Henbury Henbury St Thomas, Henbury cum Pexall, Cheshire
Pott Shringley Pott Shrigley, Cheshire
Hurdsfield Hurdsfield Holy Trinity, Cheshire
Poynton Poynton, Cheshire

Prestbury township was not mentioned in the Domesday Book, perhaps because information was not supplied or because Prestbury was only a church, not a manor.

Twelve of the other townships are mentioned. Butley was valued at 2 Shillings at the time of the Domesday Survey, compared with 30 Shillings at the time of Edward the Confessor.  Adlington and Macclesfield were both worth 20 Shillings and Siddington 5 Shillings. The other eight townships were valued "Waste".

The church administered the civil as well as ecclesiastical affairs of the parish until the Local Government Act 1894 created rural districts and civil parishes. Three of the townships, Butley, Fallibroome and Prestbury, constitute the present civil parish of Prestbury.

St Peter's Church, Prestbury before the restoration designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Note the external staircase leading to a gallery at the western end of the church.

St Peter's Church, Prestbury 1880.gif


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
  • Macclesfield (1837–1998)
  • Cheshire East (post 1998)
  • Online events post 1837 may be searched online Cheshire BMD

Church records

Prestbury 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
Prestbury Parish Online Records


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Prestbury, St. Peter (Church of England) is a very large ancient parish, originally serving the townships of: Adlington, Birtles, Bollington (near Macclesfield), Bosley, Butley, Capesthorne, Chelford, Fallibroome, Henbury cum Pexall, Hurdsfield, Kettleshulme, Lower Withington, Lyme Handley, Macclesfield, Macclesfield Forest, Marton (near Congleton), Mottram St. Andrew, Newton (near Prestbury), North Rode, Old Withington, Pott Shrigley, Poynton, Prestbury, Rainow, Siddington, Sutton (near Macclesfield), Tytherington, Upton (near Macclesfield), Wildboarclough, Wincle, Woodford and Worth.  The original registers from 1560 are still held at the church, but registers of Baptisms 1560–1990, Marriages 1560–1969 and Burials 1560–1978 can be viewed on microfilm at the Cheshire Record Office in Chester, England. CRO reference no.: CMB/1/1-7, 2/1-4, 3/1-48, 4/1-11, 5/1-7.

Bishop's transcripts of records for Prestbury, Chelford, Adlingron, Saltersford-cum-Kettleshulme, 1596-1858, are also on microfilm in the Cheshire Record Office, Chester, England. CRO reference no.: EDB 172.

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.'

Records are also on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, including:

Parish register Content: FHL Film 
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1560-1747. 2093600
Marriages, 1748-1754. Burials, 1748-1812. Baptisms, 1748-September 1892. Includes entries from Adlington, Chelford and Saltersford chapelries to 1812. 2093544
Baptisms, April 1892-1990. Marriages, 1754-July 1786. 2093545
Marriages, June 1786-June 1812. 2093546
Marriages, June 1812-July 1828. 2093547
Marriages, July 1828-January 1840. 2093548
Marriages, January 1840-1847. 2093549
Marriages, July 1847-March 1853. 2093683
Marriages, 1853-January 1859. 2093805
Marriages, January 1859-October 1865. 2093806
Marriages, October 1865-March 1871. 2093807
Marriages, March 1871-March 1879. 2093808
Marriages, March 1879-October 1887. 2093809
Marriages, October 1887-January 1958. 2093810
Marriages, February 1958-March 1969. Banns of marriages, May 1844-November 1859. 2092997
Banns of marriages, November 1859-May 1883. 2093906
Banns of marriages, February 1854-September 1877, July 1882-October 1887. 2093907
Burials, January 1813-July 1955. 2093922
Burials, July 1955-June 1978. 2093923 Item 1

Bishop's transcripts Content: FHL Film 
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1596, 1600, 1608, 1612, 1617, 1619-1637, 1639-1641, 1663-1683, 1688-1715. 1751913 Item 2
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1715-1744, 1747-1778, 1780, 1802-1805. 1751914 Item 2
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1805-1819, baptisms, 1820. 1751955
Baptisms, 1820-1825. Burials, 1820-1824. Marriages, 1821-March 1825. 1751956
Baptisms, 1826-1830. Marriages, March 1825-1830. Burials, 1825-1830. 1751957
Burials, March-December 1830. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1831-1835. 1751958
Marriages, burials, 1835.  Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1836-1838. 1751959
Baptisms, burials, 1855-1858. Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1779-1801, 1839-1840. 1751960


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


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England, publ. London: 1848, adapted 25 Jan 2013