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ALTRINCHAM

"ALTRINCHAM, a market-town and chapelry in the parish of BOWDON, hundred of BUCKLOW, county palatine of CHESTER, 7 miles (N. by E.) from NetherKnutsford, and 179½ (N. W. by N.) from London, containing 2302 inhabitants. The town is situated on Bowdon Downs, and, though small, contains several respectable dwelling-houses, the salubrity of the air rendering it a place of general resort for invalids from Manchester: it is watched and lighted by subscription, and is characterised throughout by cleanliness and neatness. The trade principally consists in the spinning of yarn, the making of bobbins for cotton and worsted spinners, and the weaving of cotton by hand-looms for the manufacturers at Manchester and other adjacent towns. The Duke of Bridgewater's canal from Manchester to Runcorn passes through the town, and affords a facility of conveyance for coal. Early potatoes are cultivated here to a great extent for the Manchester market. The market days are Tuesday and Saturday, the latter being only for butchers' meat: the fairs, chiefly for the sale of live stock, are held on April 29th, August 5th, and November 22nd; to the two last are attached courts of pie-powder. Altrincham was made a free borough in the reign of Edward I., by charter of Hamon de Massey, lord of the barony of Dunham-Massey, whereby the burgesses were empowered to have a guild merchant, and to choose apræpositus, or bailiff; but the only privilege they now possess is that of electing a mayor at a court leet held in autumn, when a jury of burgesses present three of their own body to the steward, who appoints one to the office, which is merely nominal, and the duty of which extends only to the opening of the fairs, the town being wholly within the jurisdiction of the county magistrates. Pleas were formerly held in the lord's court, but they have of late been discontinued. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £1000 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Earl of Stamford and Warrington. The chapel, dedicated to St. George, is a plain brick building, erected by subscription in 1799. There are two places of worship for Methodists, and one for Unitarians. The Jubilee school, built in 1810, is supported by subscription." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Altrincham (pronounced All-tringum) was a township in Bowdon ancient parish, Bucklow hundred (SJ 7887), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • Since 1974 it has been an unparished area in the county of Greater Manchester.
  • It includes the hamlet of Broadheath.
  • The population was 1692 in 1801, 4488 in 1851, 16831 in 1901, 39789 in 1951, and 40376 in 2001.

Churches

  • Bowdon: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Altrincham.
  • Altrincham: St. George (Church of England). Built in 1799 as a chapel to Bowdon. A district church for part of Altrincham from 1860.
  • Timperley: Christ Church (Church of England). The district church for part of Altrincham from 1852.
  • Dunham Massey: St. Margaret (Church of England). The district church for part of Altrincham from 1855.
  • Altrincham: St. John the Evangelist (Church of England). Built in 1866 as a chapel to St. George. A district church for part of Altrincham from 1867.
  • Broadheath: St. Alban (Church of England). Built in 1890 as a chapel to Altrincham: St. George. A district church for part of Altrincham from 1911.
  • Altrincham: St. Vincent de Paul (Roman Catholic). Founded in 1847.
  • Altrincham: St. Hugh of Lincoln (Roman Catholic), Manchester Road. Built in 1930.
  • Altrincham: St. John the Baptist (Roman Catholic), Thorley Lane. Built in 1957.
  • Broadheath: Holy Angels (Roman Catholic). Built in 1958.
  • Altrincham, Baptist Chapel, Hale Road. Founded in 1887.
  • Altrincham, Baptist Chapel, Railway Street.
  • Altrincham, Bible Christian Chapel, George Street.
  • Altrincham, Christian Brethren Chapel, Lloyd Street.
  • Altrincham, Methodist Chapel (New Connexion), George Street. Founded in 1817. Registers 1819-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Altrincham, Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Devonshire Road.
  • Altrincham, Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Oxford Road. Built in 1858. Registers of baptisms 1882-1957 and marriages 1909-1959 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Altrincham, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Chapel Walk. Built in 1795. Registers 1796-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Altrincham, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Woodlands Road/Bank Street. Built in 1866. Registers of baptisms 1869-1891 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Broadheath, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Manchester Road. Built in 1899.
  • Altrincham, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Borough Road.
  • Altrincham, Salvation Army Mission, Shaws Lane.
  • Altrincham, Unitarian Chapel, Dunham Road. ReBuilt in 1876.
  • Altrincham, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Oxford Road.
  • Altrincham, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Ashley Road. Built in 1899.
  • Bowdon Downs, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational). Founded in 1839. Registers of baptisms 1840-1969 and marriages 1849-1972 are at Manchester Central Library.
  • Broadheath, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational), Navigation Road/Manchester Road. Built in 1865.
  • Altrincham, Welsh Calvanistic, Willow Tree Road. Built in 1903.

For churches and chapels in the areas added in 1920 and 1936, see also Bowdon, Dunham Massey, Hale and Timperley.

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Civil Registration

  • Altrincham (1837-98)
  • Bucklow (1898-1974)
  • Trafford (1974+)

Court Records

  • Bucklow (1828-74)
  • Altrincham (1874-1974)
  • Trafford (1974+)

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Historical Geography

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Maps

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Politics and Government

  • Altrincham Local Board (1851-75)
  • Altrincham Urban Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Altrincham Urban District (1894-1937)
  • Altrincham Municipal Borough (1937-74)
  • Trafford Metropolitan Borough [Greater Manchester] (1974+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Altrincham (1836-95)
  • Bucklow (1895-1930).

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Altrincham (1885-1945)
  • Altrincham and Sale (1945-74)