Stockport St Mary, Cheshire Genealogy

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STOCKPORT, is a town, a township, a parish, two sub-districts, and a district, in Cheshire. The town stands on the river Mersey at the influx of the Tame, on the North-western railway at a convergence of five branch-lines, 5¾ miles SSE of Manchester; it was anciently called Stockfort, Storefort, and Stokeport.  St. Mary's church was mainly re-built in 1817. Stockport St Mary is the oldest parish church in the town of Stockport and an Ancient parish.

If comprises the chapelries of Distley, Dukinfield, Hyde, Marple, Norbury, and Romiley, and the townships of Bramhall, Bredbury, Brinnington, Etchells, Offerton, Stockport, Torkington, and Werneth.The parish is ecclesiastically cut into the sections of S.-St. Mary, S.-St. Thomas, S.-St. Peter, Bredbury, Disley, Dukinfield, Dukinfield-St. Mark, Dukinfield-St. Matthew, Castle-Hall, High-Lane, Hyde, Hyde-St. Thomas, Marple, Norbury, Portwood, Romiley, Werneth, and Moor.[1] [2]

A church was on the site by 1190 but of this church only the original oratory (which is now an annex to the vestry) remains. Around 1310 a new church was built and only its chancel remains. The rest of the present church was built between 1813 and 1817 to the design of Lewis Wyatt. There was a further restoration in 1848 to replace weathered masonry. The tower originated in the 14th century and was rebuilt in 1612–16 and again in 1810.

Parish Records

Stockport St. Mary 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
FMP = FindMyPast
Stockport St. Mary Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1584-1910
FS BT'S 1605-1835
FMP (£)    KN

Parish registers of St. Mary's Church, Stockport, 1584-1901 Cheshire Record Office reference: P14/1/2-11, P14/2/1-8, P14/3435/2/1-4, P14/4616/1, P14/3435/1, P14/3/1-17, P14/3435/3/1-24, P14/4616/2-3, P14/4/1-5, P14/3790/1-2, P14/4649/1-6, P14/5/1-8, P14/3435/4/1-2.

An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online in Record Search

Poor Law Unions

Registration Districts

  • Stockport

registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD



  1. Wilson, John Marius, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) Adapted 8 April 2013
  2. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted 8 April 2013

England Jurisdictions 1851


 Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 309–312 
Salter, Mark (1995), The Old Parish Churches of Cheshire, Malvern: Folly Publications, p. 70, ISBN 1871731232
Pevsner, Nikolaus; Edward Hubbard (2003) [1971], The Buildings of England: Cheshire, New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. 339–340, ISBN 0 300 09588 0