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  • Bowdon was a township in Bowdon ancient parish, Bucklow hundred (SJ 7586), 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 Rosehill.
  • The population was 340 in 1801, 1164 in 1851, 2788 in 1901, 3529 in 1951, and 6079 in 2001.


  • Bowdon: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Bowdon.
  • Ashley: St. Elizabeth (Church of England). From 1881 a district church serving part of the township of Bowdon.
  • Bowdon, St. Paul's Methodist Church (Wesleyan), Enville Road. Built in 1880.
  • Bowdon, Methodist Church (Wesleyan), Vicarage Lane.
  • Bowdon, Methodist Church (Wesleyan), Priory Street.
  • Bowdon, Presbyterian Church, Delamere Road. Built in 1872.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Bowdon area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Civil Registration

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

Court Records

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

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 1883 March 25 — Gained a detached of Bollington (near Lymm) (less than 1 acre, pop. 0 in 1891)
  • 1894 — Lost the former detached part of Bollington (near Lymm) (less than 1 acre, pop. 0 in 1891), which became a separate unnamed parish in Altrincham Rural District under the provisions of the Local Government Act, 1894
  • 1936 April 1 — Regained the whole of the unnamed parish which until 1883 formed part of Bollington (near Lymm) and gained further parts of Bollington (near Lymm) (2 acres, pop. 0 in 1931) and Dunham Massey (240 acres, pop. 85 in 1931), and lost parts to Altrincham (2 acres, pop. 29 in 1931) and Hale (near Altrincham) (less than 1 acre, pop. 0 in 1931)
You can see the administrative areas in which Bowdon has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ759868 (Lat/Lon: 53.377489, -2.363745), Bowdon which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • Bowdon Local Board (1864-75)
  • Bowdon Urban Sanitary District (1875-94) *
  • Bowdon Urban District (1894-1974)
  • Trafford Metropolitan Borough [Greater Manchester] (1974+)

* The former detached part of Bollington (near Lymm) which was transferred to Bowdon in 1883 remained in Altrincham Rural Sanitary District until it became a separate parish under the provisions of the Local Government Act, 1894.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Altrincham (1837-95)
  • Bucklow (1895-1930)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Altrincham (1885-1945)
  • Bucklow (1945-48)
  • Knutsford (1949-74)