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Sutton St George, Cheshire Genealogy

Guide to Sutton St George, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Sutton St George, Cheshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Macclesfield
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Macclesfield
Registration District Macclesfield
Records begin
Parish registers: 1823
Bishop's Transcripts: None
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Macclesfield
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory) Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Cheshire (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Cheshire Record Office

Parish HistoryEdit

MACCLESFIELD, is a market-town, parochial chapelry, and newly-enfranchised borough, having separate jurisdiction, locally in the parish of Prestbury, and hundred of Macclesfield, and the head of a union, in the North division of the county of Chester. The town is pleasantly situated near the southern extremity of the forest.

The parochial chapelry consists of the nine townships of Hurdsfield,Kettleshulme, Macclesfield, Macclesfield Forest, Pott-Shrigley, Rainow, Sutton, Wildboar-Clough, and Wincle. St. George's church, in Sutton, was erected as a dissenters' place of worship, the same township contains a church dedicated to St. James.[1]

John Marius Wilson discribed it in this way:

SUTTON, a township, two chapelries, and a sub-district, in Prestbury parish, Macclesfield district, Cheshire. The township is partly in Macclesfield borough; extends 4 miles SSE of M. town; and contains a suburb of that town, and the village of Langley. The chapelries are St. George and St. James; and were constituted, the former in 1835, the latter in 1860. St. George's church is in Macclesfield, and was originally a dissenting chapel.[2]

The Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Church was in an area of Macclesfield which was formerly part of Sutton--not to be confused with the village of Sutton, four miles south of Macclesfield. The church closed in 1986 and has been converted into apartments and the burial was converted into a parking lot. The graves were relocated, but no one seems to know where.

The street where the church/apartments is located was once known as Bridge Street, off Mill Lane. The street was renamed to Chapel Street to avoid confusion with the Bridge Street in Macclesfield.

See: Macclesfield Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Church


Census recordsEdit

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.

Church recordsEdit

Sutton St George parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FS PRs = England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000 (FamilySearch) - free
FS BTs = England, Cheshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1598-1900 (FamilySearch) - free
FS = FamilySearch - free
FMP Diocese PRs = Cheshire Diocese Of Chester Parish Registers (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP Diocese BTs = Cheshire Diocese Of Chester Bishop's Transcripts (FindMyPast) - ($)
BOYD = England, Boyd's Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[3]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
Sutton St George Online Parish Records
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PRs 1538-2000
FS BTs 1598-1900
FS 1538-1975
FMP Diocese PRs 1823-1909
FMP Diocese BTs 1823-1909



FS Catalog PRs

FS Catalog BTs

To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. 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 available at the Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.

Non-Conformist ChurchesEdit
  • Wesleyan Methodist

Non-Conformist records:

Church records for the Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Bridge Street, Sutton, 1824-1966
 Here is a list of parish registers on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Parish registersCheshire Record Office call nos.: EMS 9/1, EMS 9/2/1-8, EMS 9/3.

Church records for the Brunswick Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Bridge Street, Sutton, 1824-1966 Film
Births, baptisms and burials, 1824-1837.
20053 Items 2 - 3
Baptisms, 1837-1966. Marriages, 1861-1954. Burials, 1845-1916, 1927-1931, 1943-1947, 1959.
2299525 Items 10 - 19

Church records for the Bourne Primitive Methodist Chapel, Sutton (near Macclesfield), 1906-1960: Cheshire Record Office call no.: EMS 8/1, 5.

Church records for the Bourne Primitive Methodist Chapel, Sutton (near Macclesfield), 1906-1960
Baptisms, 1919-1959. Marriages, 1906-1960.
2299525 Items 8 - 9

Civil RegistrationEdit

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:

Registration DistrictsEdit

Poor LawEdit

Probate recordsEdit

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.

see also England Cheshire Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Maps and GazetteersEdit

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.


Sutton St George on GENUKI

Sutton (near Macclesfield) on GENUKI


  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 26 March 2013.
  2. John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72) Accessed 29 March 2013

Contributor: add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above.