SANDBACH: St. Mary (Church of England)

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Church History

An ancient parish church, originally serving the townships of Arclid, Betchton, Blackden, Bradwall, Church Hulme, Cotton, Cranage, Goostrey cum Barnshaw, Hassall, Leese, Sandbach, Twemlow and Wheelock, and part of the township of Rudheath.

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1724 — reduced when the townships of Blackden, Goostrey cum Barnshaw and Twemlow were transferred to Goostrey: St. Luke.
  • 1733 — reduced when the townships of Church Hulme, Cotton and Cranage were transferred to Church Hulme: St. Luke
  • 1843 — reduced when the townships of the townships of Betchton, Hassall, Sandbach, and Wheelock were transferred to Wheelock: Christ Church.
  • 1847 March 9 — reduced when parts of the townships of Bradwall and Sandbach were transferred to Elworth: St. Peter.
  • 1848 April 25 — reduced when the township of Leese and part of the township of Rudheath were transferred to Byley cum Lees: St. John the Evangelist.
  • 1861 November 22 — reduced when the township of Arclid, and parts of the townships of Betchton and Sandbach, were transferred to Sandbach Heath: St. John the Evangelist.

Church Records

C = Christenings (Baptisms) ; M = Marriages ; B = Burials ; BTs = Bishop's Transcripts

Original RegistersC 1563-1986 ; M 1563-1996 ; B 1563-1946 — Cheshire Record Office (P 56)
C from 1986 ; M from 1996 ; B from 1946 — Church
Microfilm CopiesC 1563-1893 ; M 1563-1911 ; B 1563-1894 — Cheshire Record Office ; Family History Society of Cheshire ; Manchester Archives & Local Studies, Sandbach Library
Bishop's Transcripts1576, 1586, 1593, 1597, 1600, 1604, 1607-12, 1614-15, 1617-21, 1623,1625-30, 1633-37, 1639-40, 1660-66, 1668-76, 1679-82, 1684-85, 1689-1834, 1836-64 (microfilmed) — Cheshire Record Office
1701-1834, 1836-64 (microfilmed) — Family History Society of Cheshire
Copies and IndexesC 1799-1837 ; M 1736-1812 (microfilmed transcript) — Society of Genealogists' Library
M 1754-1837 — North & East Cheshire Marriage Index - may be viewable at subscription sites such as ancestry or findmypast
M 1763-1837 (incomplete) — Bertram Merrell Marriage Index of Cheshire (1750-1836) (incomplete)
M 1837-1950 — Cheshire BMD (CC:1080)

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