STOCKPORT: St. Mary the Virgin (Church of England)

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Church History

An ancient parish church, originally serving the townships of Bramhall, Bredbury, Brinnington, Disley, Dukinfield, Hyde, Marple, Norbury, Offerton, Romiley, Stockport, Stockport Etchells, Torkington and Werneth, and a small part of the township of Northen Etchells..

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1839 — reduced when part of the township of Stockport was transferred to Stockport: St. Peter.
  • 1839 — reduced when the townships of Bramhall and Stockport Etchells, and part of the township of Stockport, were transferred to Stockport: St. Thomas.
  • 1841 May 24 — reduced when the township of Werneth was transferred to Werneth: St. Paul.
  • 1843 January 10 — reduced when the township of Dukinfield was transferred to Dukinfield: St. John the Evangelist.
  • 1843 January 10 — reduced when the township of Hyde was transferred to Hyde: St. George
  • 1843 January 10 — reduced when the township of Norbury was transferred to Norbury: St. Thomas.
  • 1844 June 3 — reduced when part of the township of Brinnington was transferred to Portwood: St. Paul.
  • 1846 September 8 — reduced when the township of Bredbury was transferred to Bredbury: St. Mark.
  • 1852 January 9 — enlarged to include an area lying on the east side of Windmill Street transferred from Stockport: St. Matthew .
  • 1860 October 30 — reduced when parts of the township of Marple and Torkington were transferred to  High Lane: St. Thomas.
  • 1870 December 22 — reduced when part of the township of Marple was transferred to Low Marple: St. Martin.
  • 1876 May 9 — reduced when part of the township of Marple was transferred to Marple: All Saints.
  • 1876 October 27 — reduced when part of the township of Romiley was transferred to Chadkirk: St. Chad.
  • 1877 March 27 — reduced when the remainingpart of the township of Romiley was transferred to Werneth: St. Paul.
  • 1878 August 23 — reduced when the remaining part of the township of Torkington was transferred to Norbury: St. Thomas
  • 1893 July 21 — reduced when the township of Offerton and part of the townshp of Stockport was transferred to Stockport: St. Alban.
  • 1913 October 14 — reduced when the township of Disley was transferred to Disley: St. Mary the Virgin.
  • 1963 October 22 — reduced when an area was transferred to Wythenshawe: The William Temple Church (in the diocese of Manchester).

Church Records

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

Original Registers C 1584-1947 ; M 1584-1958 ; B 1584-1913 — Cheshire Record Office (P 14)
C from 1947 ; M from 1958 — Church
Microfilm Copies C 1584-1901 ; M 1584-1901 ; B 1584-1909 — Cheshire Record Office ; Manchester Archives & Local Studies ; Stockport Heritage Library
C 1584-1890 ; M 1584-1901 ; B 1584-1846 — Family History Society of Cheshire
Bishop's Transcripts 1605, 1610-11, 1617-24, 1626-41, 1663-85, 1687-90, 1695-97, 1699-1715, 1718, 1721-28, 1730-48, 1750-69, 1771-1833, 1837, 1839-44 (microfilmed) — Cheshire Record Office, Family History Society of Cheshire
Copies and Indexes CMB 1584-1620 — published in: The Parish Registers of Saint Mary, Stockport, edited by E. W. Bulkeley (Stockport, 1989)
CMB 1620-1680 (transcript) — John Rylands University Library
CMB 1627-1640 (transcript by H. Potter) — Stockport Heritage Library
CB 1746-1762 ; M 1746-1754 ; M 1799-1834 (index by R. Trunkfield) — Cheshire Record Office
C 1584-1849 — published by North Cheshire Family History Society (6 vols.)
M 1584-1754 — published by North Cheshire Family History Society (2 vols.)
M 1584-1837 — North & East Cheshire Marriage Index - may be viewable at subscription sites such as ancestry or findmypast
M 1586-1837 (incomplete) — Bertram Merrell Marriage Index of Cheshire (1750-1836)
M 1754-1815 (transcript, 7 vols.) — Church
M 1799-1837 — published by Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society
M 1822-1881 (transcript) — Manchester Archives & Local Studies (Owen MSS)
M 1837-1958 — Cheshire BMD (ST:ST16)
B 1584-1913 — National Burial Index
B 1584-1913 — published by North Cheshire Family History Society
Monumental Inscriptions Published by North Cheshire Family History Society, 2001

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