Rostherne, Cheshire Genealogy

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ROSTHERNE, a village and a township in Altrincham district, and a parish partly also in Macclesfield district, Cheshire. The village stands 3½ miles N of Knutsford railway station, and has a post-office under Knutsford. The parish contains the townships of Tatton, Marthall, Mere, Peover-Superior, Tabley-Superior, Millington, High Leigh, Snelson, and part of Agden. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelries of Bollington and Hoo-Green, in the diocese of Chester. Chapels of ease are at Bollington and Hoo-Green; and chapels for Independents, Baptists, and Wesleyans, are in Millington.[1]

Rostherne St Mary is an ancient parish in Cheshire and  includes: Millington, Over Tabley, Snelson, Tabley Superior, Mere, Acton, Agden, Agden near Altrincham, Bollington, and Tatton Birkinheath, Bucklow Hill (part) and Yarwood Heath. 

Little is known about the early history of the church. There is no reference to a church at Rostherne in the Domesday Book but a deed dated 1188 states that a church had been on the site. A steeple was built in 1533 but it collapsed in November 1741 after some years' deterioration and neglect. The present tower was erected and the body of the church which had been damaged by the fall was rebuilt between 1742 and 1744, to a design by John Rowson. The chancel and north vestry date from 1888 and are by Sir Arthur Blomfield. The south porch dates from around 1886.


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 (1898–1974)
  •  Macclesfield (1974–98)
  •  Cheshire East (post 1998)
    Registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church records

Rostherne 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
Rostherne 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.

Record Search includes the parish in Cheshire Parish collection.

Parish registers from Rostherne, 1594-1919 Cheshire Record Office call numbers: P47/1/1-5, P47/2/1-2, P47/3/1-5, P47/5/1-3.

Parish registers Content FHL Film
Marriages, 1594-1754. Baptisms, burials, 1596-1812. Baptisms, 1813-1856 BRITISH 1941850 Items 4 - 10
Baptisms, 1855-1919. Marriages and banns, 1754-1789. Marriages, 1789-1870. Burials, 1813-1874. Register of graves, 1757-1780, 1784-1814. BRITISH 1941851
Register of graves, 1814-1903. BRITISH 1941868 Items 1 - 3

Bishop's transcripts for Rostheme, 1608-1875 Cheshire Record Office call number: EDB/176

Bishop's Transcript Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1608, 1612-1613, 1616, 1621-1623, 1627, 1633-1634, 1636-1637 1639-1640, 1658, 1665-1666, 1669-1676, 1679-1685, 1690-1696, 1698-1738, 1741-1749, 1751-1759, 1761-1799, 1803-1813.  BRITISH 1751559 Item 2
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1786-1793, 1795-1799, 1802-1803, 1805-1806, 1808-1812, 1814-1824, 1834-1837. Baptisms, 1838-1849, 1851-1875. Burials, 1813, 1869-1875. BRITISH 1751560
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. Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72),adapted 29 Jan 2013


Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 324, ISBN 0 300 09588 0

Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 286–288