CHESTER: St. Bridget (Church of England)

Church History

An ancient parish church, serving part of the city of Chester. The original church stood at the angle of White Friars and Bridge Street until 1829 when it was removed during the construction of the Grosvenor Bridge and Road. A replacement church was built to the west of the new Castle Esplanade.

On 27 April 1842 the district was united with that of Chester: St. Martin to form the combined district of "St. Bridget with St. Martin".

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1882 February 17 — reduced when part of the ancient parish of St. Martin was transfered to Chester: St. Peter.
  • 1887 September 27 — reduced when the following part of the ancient parish of St. Martin was transferred to Chester: Holy Trinity: "All that wedge shaped detached portion of the said parish of Saint Martin bounded on the north partly by the ancient parish of Saint Oswald in the said city of Chester and partly by a portion of the same ancient parish which has for ecclesiastical purposes been annexed to the parish of Saint Peter in the same city on the east by the portion of the said parish of Saint Martin annexed to the parish of Saint Peter aforesaid and on the south and westerly sides thereof by the said parish of Holy Trinity aforesaid"
  • 1887 September 27 — extended when the following area was transferred from Chester: St. Mary without the Walls: "All that portion of the said parish of Saint Mary-on-the-Hill which is bounded on the south by the River Dee on the east by the centre of Lower Bridge-street in the city of Chester from the south boundary of the said parish to a point where Duke-street in the same city debouches into Lower Bridge-street aforesaid, and thence partly by the said parish of Saint Olave partly by the said parish of Saint Michael and partly by a detached portion of the parish of Saint Bridget on the north partly by the said parish of Saint Michael partly by the said parish of Saint Bridget and partly by the said parish of Saint Martin and on the east by the said parish of Holy Trinity. And also all that detached portion of the said parish of Saint Mary-on-the-Hill abutting upon Lower Bridge-street aforesaid at the northerly end thereof bounded on the south- east and north sides thereof by the said parish of Saint Michael and on the west side by a detached portion of the said parish of Saint Bridget"
  • 1887 September 27 — reduced when the following area was transferred to Chester: St. Mary without the Walls: "Part of the said parish of Saint Bridget situate on the south side of the said river in the city of Chester... bounded on the north and east sides thereof by the parish of Saint John the Baptist in the city of Chester along the course of the said River Dee and on the south and west sides thereof by the said parish of Saint Mary-on-the-Hill."

In 1891 St. Bridget's church was pulled down, and the church of Chester: St. Mary on the Hill was constituted the district church for the district of St. Bridget with St. Martin. In January 1973 this became part of a unified district for the city of Chester.

Church Records

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

Original RegistersC 1649-1972 ; M 1649-1972 ; B 1649-1896 — Cheshire Record Office (P 15)
Microfilm CopiesC 1649-1972 ; M 1649-1972 ; B 1649-1896 — Cheshire Record Office , Manchester Archives & Local Studies
C 1649-1933 ; M 1649-1926 ; B 1649-1896 — Family History Society of Cheshire
Bishop's Transcripts1600-01, 1603-04, 1611-13, 1615-17, 1622, 1624-25, 1627-32, 1634, 1637, 1639-42, 1663, 1666, 1668-85, 1691-1728, 1730-34, 1737-80, 1782-90, 1792-1802, 1804-27, 1829-56, 1858-94, 1896 (microfilmed) — Cheshire Record Office, Family History Society of Cheshire
Copies and IndexesCMB 1560-1638 — in: J. H. E. Bennett, ''The Registers of St. Bridget's, Chester', Cheshire Sheaf, series 3, vols. 15-18 (1920-23)
CMB 1560-1642 — British Library (Harleian MS 2177), Society of Genealogists' Library
C 1813-1832 (index) — Society of Genealogists' Library
M 1560-1642 — North & East Cheshire Marriage Index - may be viewable at subscription sites such as ancestry or findmypast
M 1683-1837 (incomplete) — Bertram Merrell Marriage Index of Cheshire (1750-1836)
M 1837-1958 — Cheshire BMD (CW:CE60)
Monumental InscriptionsTranscript by Chester City Council, 1961 — Cheshire Record Office ; The National Archives (RG37/32)

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