Stretton, Cheshire Genealogy

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England Gotoarrow.png Cheshire Gotoarrow.png Cheshire Parishes Gotoarrow.png  Stretton

The Parish Church of St Matthew Stretton with Appleton .jpg


Stretton has been discribed in two ways so I will give both of them both are from "A Topographical Dictionary of England":

STRETTON, a township, in the parish of Tilston, union of Great Boughton, Higher division of the hundred of Broxton, S. division of the county of Chester, 4½ miles (N. W. by N.) from Malpas.

STRETTON, a township, in the parish of Great Budworth, union of Runcorn, hundred of Bucklow, N. division of the county of Chester, 3½ miles (S. by E.) from Warrington. The church was erected in 1827.[1]

Stretton St Michael is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cheshire, created in 1830 from chapelry in  Great Budworth, Cheshire  Ancient Parish.

Stretton is a village and civil parish in Cheshire, England not far from Warrington. The parish includes the village of Lower Stretton. It is at the very southern tip of Warrington, about seven miles south of the town centre.

There are two villages called Stretton in Cheshire, the village near Malpas lies in  Tilston, Cheshire parish

St Matthew's Church, Stretton is in the village of Stretton, Cheshire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Great Budworth. Its benefice is combined with that of St Cross, Appleton Thorn.

The village of Stretton was owned by the Starkey family and it is likely that a chapel was during the 13th or 14th century. In a will dated 1527 the chapel is referred to as the Oratory of St Saviour. In Leycester's history of Cheshire it is stated that in 1666 the "ancient chapel of Stretton" was "ruinous and in decay". In 1826–27 a Commissioners' Church was built as a chapel of ease to Great Budworth.


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
  • Runcorn (1837–1974)
  • Warrington (post 1974)

registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church Records

Stretton 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
Stretton (1827) Parish Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PR's 1827-1909
FS BT'S 1827-1899   NONE

Parish registers for Stretton, 1827-1960 The chapelry of Stretton is in the parish of Great Budworth.
Cheshire Record Office reference: P240/1-3, P240/1/3, P240/3/2.

An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online at FamilySeacrh Historical  Records

Parish registers Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1827-1929; Marriages, 1835-1866. BRITISH 1656722 Items 12 - 15
Marriages, 1866-1938; Burials, 1828-1921 BRITISH 1656723 Items 1 - 2
Baptisms, 1914-1944; Burials, 1921-1960 VAULT BRITISH 2262943 Items 3 - 4

Bishop's transcripts for Stretton, 1827-1899 Chapelry (later a parish) in Great Budworth parish. Includes Appleton.
Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 191

An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop’s Transcripts (Diocese of Chester) is available online in FamilySearch Historical Records

Bishop's transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1827-1851, 1896-1899.  Burials, 1828-1851, 1896-1899. Marriages, 1835-1837.   BRITISH 1647671 Item 4

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

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Web sites


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848) Adapted 9 April 2013