Shocklach, Cheshire Genealogy

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EnglandGotoarrow.pngCheshireGotoarrow.png Cheshire ParishesGotoarrow.pngShocklach

Parish History

SHOCKLACH (St. Edith), a parish, in the union of Wrexham, Higher division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester; 4½ miles (N. W. by W.), 3½ (W. N. W.), from Malpas, and 7½ E of Wrexham r. station.The parish contains also the township of Caldecott. There is a New Connexion Methodist chapel.[1]  [2]

In the 1800s - Shocklach St Edith is an Ancient Parish and includes: Caldecott, Shocklach Oviatt, and Church Shocklach. Other dwellings and places within the parish include Castletown (part), Green Croft, Lane End (part), Lordsfields, Port Green, The Saughans.

St Edith's is a small Norman church, one of the oldest ecclesiastical buildings in Cheshire. The church was built about 1150 by Thomas de Shocklach. The chancel was added in the 14th or the 15th century. In the 17th century the west wall of the nave was restored and altered to provide a small baptistry between two buttresses.


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
  • Wrexham (1837–96)
  • Chester (1897–1937)
  • West Cheshire (1937–74)
  • Chester and Ellesmere Port (1974–98)
  • Cheshire West (post1998)

registration events may be searched on-line at Cheshire BMD

Church records

Shocklach 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
Shocklach 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.

  • Parish registers for Shocklach, 1538-1981 Cheshire Record Office call number: P 308/4772/1-8

An index for Cheshire parish registers is available on-line in Record Search

Parish registers content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials: 1538-1837. Banns: 1825-1933. Burials: 1838-1981. Baptisms: 1838-1873. BRITISH 2045847
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Bishop's transcripts content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials: 1588, 1585, 1588, 1599, 1601-1606, 1610-1611, 1613-1618, 1622-1631, 1634, 1639, 1664-1665, 1667-1669, 1671-1673, 1676-1677, 1679-1683, 1685, 1694, 1697-1698, 1701-1704, 1706-1739, 1741-1744, 1746, 1748-1750, 1753-1754, 1756-1760, 1763-1783, 1785-1786, 1788-1800, 1804-1806, 1808-1816, 1818-1819, 1823-1840. Burials: 1864-1890. Baptisms: 1817, 1817, 1822, 1864-1890. Marriages: 1822. BRITISH 1751621
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Non-Conformist Churches


Census records

The 1841 Census returns for Shocklach are missing.

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

  • Wrexham (1837–96)
  • Tarvin (1897–1930)

Maps and Gazetteers

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See also

Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted 7 April 2013
  2. Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) Adapted 7 April 2013


  • Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 294–296
  • Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 68, ISBN 1871731232
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, p. 334, ISBN 0 300 09588 0