Whitegate, Cheshire Genealogy

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Parish History

Whitegate, St. Mary (C of E). An ancient parish church, originally serving the townships of Darnhall and parts of Marton (near Winsford), Over and Weaverham cum Milton. Registers of Baptisms 1565–1932, Marriages 1565–1942 and Burials 1565–1951 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office

The divided ancient parish of Whitegate lay in central Cheshire. Its northern section comprised the township of Marton, and parts of the townships of Over, and of Weaverham cum Milton. There were detached bits of Whitegate in the parishes of Weaverham and of Over, and detached bits of Over in the township of Marton. The southern section of the parish of Whitegate comprised the township of Darnall. The contiguous ancient parishes were, clockwise from the north, Weaverham, Great Budworth, Davenham, Middlewich, Church Minshull, Over, and Little Budworth. The extra-parochial area of Delamere Forest lay to the west of the northern section of Whitegate. In our period to 1871, the new parish of Over St John the Evangelist was created in part from Whitegate (Youngs, below) in 1863. Pevsner and Hubbard (below) date the church building to 1860-1863. The registers start in 1863. The population of Whitegate ancient parish can be estimated by the number of households in ecclesiastical ‘censuses’ of 1563 (26 households or families), and in 1778 (120 houses). The population of the ancient parish in 1801 was 628 people excluding Over and Weaverham cum Milton, and 1,721 in 1871, of whom 883 lived in Over and Weaverham cum Milton townships.


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

  • Northwich.
    Birth Marriage and Death registration may be searched 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 for Whitegate, Cheshire, 1565-1951 
Microfilm of original records in the Cheshire Record Office, Chester, England. Cheshire Record Office no.: P52/1-4, P52/8/1-2.

Parish registers Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1565-1883. Marriages, 1565-1752, 1754-1837. Burials, 1565-1845. Burials in woollen, 1678-1729. BRITISH 2106822 Items 2 - 9
Baptisms, 1883-1932; Marriages, 1838-1929. BRITISH 1736872
Marriages, 1929-1942. Burials, 1845-1951. BRITISH 1736873 Items 1 - 2

Bishop's transcripts Whitegate, 1600-1912
Microfilm of original records in the Cheshire Record Office, Chester, England.Records are not in strict chronological order. Some intermittent years are missing.Cheshire Record Office no.: ECC/219 Bishop's transcripts Whitegate,


Bishop's transcripts  Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1600-1601, 1604, 1607-1609, 1611, 1614-1616, 1618, 1620, 1623-1626, 1630-1631, 1633-1641, 1659-1665, 1670-1677, 1679-1709, 1711-1713. BRITISH 1736166 Item 3
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1713-1837.Baptisms, burials, 1838-1847, 1849-1853, 1879, 1892-1898, 1900-1912. BRITISH 1736167 Item 1

Complete Transcripts of the parish can be found online as part of the Cheshire Parish Register project

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


  • C. Williams, Guide to the Cheshire Record Office ([Chester], 1991), p. 85;
  •  Guide to the local administrative units of England, Vol. II Northern England, ed. F.A. Youngs, Jr (1991), pp. 40-1;
  •  N. Pevsner and E. Hubbard, The buildings of England: Cheshire (Harmondsworth, 1971), p. 389.
  • The very complex geography of Whitegate can be followed in the base map in A.D.M. Phillips and C.B. Phillips, A new historical atlas of Cheshire (Chester, 2001).