Swettenham, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

SWETTENHAM, is a township and a parish in Congleton district, Cheshire. The township lies on the river Dane, 2 miles E of Holmes-Chapel railway station, and 5 miles NW by W of Congleton. The parish contains also Kermincham township, and the post town is, Congleton. There are a Roman Catholic chapel.[1]

Swettenham St Peter is an Ancient Parish in Cheshire and includes Kermincham and Swettenham. The parish was extended in 1880 to include Davenport.


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
  • Congleton (1837–1937)
  • Crewe (1937–74)
  • Congleton and Crewe (1974–88)
  • South Cheshire (1988–98)
  • Cheshire East (post 1998)

registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

Church records

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 of Swettenham, Cheshire, 1570-1890 Cheshire Record Office reference: P139/1/1-2, P139/2/1-2, P139/3/1-2, P139/4.

Two  index collections for Cheshire parish registers and Bishop's Transcripts is available online at FamilySearch Historical Records(formerly Record Search) See also England Cheshire Church of England Parish Registers and Bishops’ Transcripts

Parish registers Content FHL Film
Churchwarden accounts, 1681-1791. Baptisms, 1570-1890. Marriages, 1570-1835. Burials, 1570-1881. BRITISH 1941869 Items 7 - 13

Bishop's transcripts for Swettenham, 1596-1861 Records are not in strict chronological order. Some years are missing.

Cheshire Record Office reference EDB 192 

Bishop's transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1596, 1604-1605, 1615-1618, 1621, 1629-1630, 1632-1633, 1640, 1663-1665, 1669, 1671-1677, 1679-1722, 1726-1836. Baptisms, burials, 1837-1861. BRITISH 1751852 Item 2

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 10 April 2013


Richards, Raymond (1947), Old Cheshire Churches, London: Batsford, pp. 314–316