WOODCHURCH: Holy Cross (Church of England)

School Lane
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Church History

An ancient parish church, originally serving the townships of Arrowe, Barnston, Landican, Noctorum, Oxton, Pensby, Prenton, Thingwall and Woodchurch, and parts ot the townships of Claughton with Grange and Irby.

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1851 — reduced when the township of Oxton, and part of the township of Claughton with Grange were transferred to Oxton: St. Saviour.
  • 1870 November 29 — reduced when the township of Barnston was transferred to Barnston: Christ Church.
  • 1880 February 27 — reduced when the township of Pensby was transferred to Barnston: Christ Church.
  • 1902 March 7 — reduced when the township of Prenton was transferred to Prenton: St. Stephen.
  • 1948 February 27 — reduced when the following area was transferred to Prenton: St. Stephen: "All that portion of the said parish of Woodchurch bounded upon the north by the said parish of Saint Saviour, Oxton, upon the east by the said parish of Saint Stephen, Prenton, upon the south by the parish of Bebington and upon the remaining side, that is to say upon the west by an imaginary line commencing at a point in the centre of the Wrexham and Bidston branch of the Bntish Railways (Eastern Region) on the boundary which divides the said parish of Bebington from the said parish of Woodchurch and extending thence north westwards along the middle of the said branch railway to its junction with the boundary which divides the said pansh of Woodchurch from the said parish of Saint Saviour, Oxton"
  • 1959 February 24 — reduced when the following area was transferred to Barnston: Christ Church: "All that part of the parish of Woodchurch which is bounded on the south by the parish of Barnston, on the southeast by the parish of Bebington and on the remaining sides by an imaginary line commencing at a point on the boundary which divides the parish of Bebington from the parish of Woodchurch in the middle of Prenton Brook opposite the southeastern end of the northeastern boundary of close numbered 4733 (on the map) and extending thence northwestwards to and along the last mentioned boundary to the southeastern corner of close numbered 5155 thence first northwards then westwards along the eastern and northern boundaries of close numbered 5155 to the southeastern corner of close numbered 4568 thence northwards along the eastern boundary of close numbered 4568 and in a straight line in continuation thereof to a point in the middle of the unnamed brook or stream which rises in close numbered 8414 and flows generally southeastwards to meet Prenton Brook at the northeastern corner of close numbered 8763 and continuing thence northwestwards along the middle of the said brook or stream to the point at the northeastern corner of close numbered 8414 where it is crossed by the middle of an unnamed footpath leading westwards to Barnston Road and continuing thence westwards along the middle of the said footpath and in a straight line in continuation thereof to the middle of Barnston Road thence northwestwards along the middle of Barnston Road to a point opposite the middle of the northeastern end of Thingwall Road thence southwestwards along the middle of Thingwall Road to a point in the middle of the culvert which carries Arrowe Brook under Thingwall Road and continuing thence generally southwestwards along the middle of Arrowe Brook to the point where it is crossed by the middle of an unnamed footpath which leads through close numbered 4736 towards Antons Road and continuing thence first eastwards, then southeastwards along the middle of the last mentioned footpath to the eastern boundary of close numbered 4736 thence southwards along the last mentioned boundary to the boundary which divides the parish of Woodchurch from the parish of Barnston".
  • 1959 February 24 — reduced when the following area was transferred to Thurstaston: St. Bartholomew: "All that part of the parish of Woodchurch which lies to the west of an imaginary line commencing at the point where the boundaries of the parishes of Frankby, Thurstaston, and Woodchurch all meet in Arrowe Brook Lane and extending thence southeastwards to and along the middle of Limbo Lane to its end and in a straight line in continuation thereof to a point in the middle of Thingwall Road on the imaginary line described in paragraph 1 of this
    Schedule and continuing thence first southwestwards then southwards then southeastwards along the last mentioned imaginary line to the boundary which divides the parish of Woodchurch from the parish of Barnston."
  • 1969 February 10 — alteration to the boundary with Upton: St. Mary (details not available).

Church Records

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

Original Registers C 1571-1945 ; M 1571-1951 ; B 1571-1913 — Cheshire Record Office (P 50)
C from 1945 ; M from 1952 ; B from 1914 — Church
Microfilm Copies C 1571-1945 ; M 1571-1951 ; B 1571-1913 — Cheshire Record Office
C 1571-1945 ; M 1571-1930 ; B 1571-1913 — Family History Society of Cheshire ; Manchester Archives & Local Studies ; Birkenhead Central Library
Bishop's Transcripts 1581, 1586, 1588, 1596, 1600, 1604-05, 1607, 1609-10, 1615, 1617-19,1621-24, 1626-27, 1630, 1632, 1634, 1636, 1638, 1642, 1658-60, 1666,1668-70, 1672-76, 1679-82, 1684, 1690-91, 1693, 1695-97, 1699-1739,1741-54, 1756-1826, 1829-37, 1855-56, 1858-94 (microfilmed) — Cheshire Record Office
Copies and Indexes CMB 1571-1871 — Cheshire Parish Register Project
CM 1571-1840 ; B 1580-1840 (transcript) — Cheshire Record Office ; Society of Genealogists' Library
C 1571-1663 ; B 1655-1659 (transcript/index) — Cheshire Record Office
M 1572-1837 (incomplete) — Bertram Merrell Marriage Index of Cheshire (1750-1836)
M 1837-1951 — Cheshire BMD (WR:BK21)
Monumental Inscriptions Published by the Family History Society of Cheshire, 2001

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