CHESTER: St. John the Baptist (Church of England)

Vicars Lane/Little St. John Street
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Church History

An ancient parish church, originally serving parts of Hoole and the city of Chester. It included the chapel of Chester: St. Barnabas.

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1843 — reduced when the part of the township of Hoole was transferred to Chester: Christ Church.
  • 1846 July 10 — reduced when part of the parish within the city of Chester, and part of the township of Great Boughton, were transferred to the consolidated chapelry of Chester: St. Paul.
  • 1879 August 22 — reduced when the following area was transferred to Chester: St. Paul: "All that portion of the parish of Saint John the Baptist Chester in the city county and diocese aforesaid wherein the present incumbent of such parish now possesses the exclusive cure of souls which is bounded on the north by the district chapelry of All Saints Hoole in the said county of Chester and in the diocese aforesaid on the east and on the south by the new parish of Saint Paul Chester aforesaid and on the remaining side that is to say on the west by an imaginary line commencing upon the boundary which divides the said new parish of Saint Paul Chester from the parish of Saint John the Baptist Chester aforesaid at the middle of the southern end of the bridge which carries Hoole-lane over the Shropshire Union Canal at Hoole-lane Lock and extending thence first northward and then eastward along the middle of the said lane for a distance of two and a quarter chains or thereabouts to its junction with the road which leads past the houses called or known as Station View to New Peploe-street and extending thence northward along the middle of the said road for a distance of twelve chains or thereabouts (thereby passing to the west.of the houses called or known as Station View aforesaid and crossing over the line of the London and North Western Railway) to the boundary at the culvert whereby the stream called or known as Flooker's Brook passes under the same road which boundary divides the said parish of Saint John the Baptist Chester from the district chapelry of All Saints Hoole aforesaid)"

In January 1973 the district was amalgamated with Chester: St. Oswald, Chester: Christ Church, Chester: St. Bridget, Chester: St. Martin, Chester: St. Peter, Chester: St. Michael and Chester: St. Olave to create a unified district for the city of Chester.

Church Records

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

Original RegistersC 1559-1940 ; M 1559-1956 ; B 1560-1915 — Cheshire Record Office (P 51)
C from 1940 ; M from 1956 — Church
Microfilm CopiesC 1559-1940 ; M 1559-1956 ; B 1560-1915 — Cheshire Record Office ; Manchester Archives & Local Studies ; Family History Society of Cheshire
Bishop's Transcripts1599-1601, 1604-05, 1610-11, 1612(?), 1613-15, 1617-18, 1622-25, 1627-30, 1633-35, 1662-63, 1666, 1668-77, 1679-84, 1686-91, 1693-1728, 1731,1733-1839, 1875-78 (microfilmed) — Cheshire Record Office ; Family History Society of Cheshire
Copies and IndexesC 1790-1791 (transcript)— Cheshire Record Office ; Society of Genealogists' Library
CB 1792-1813 (copy register) — Cheshire Record Office
M 1658-1837 (incomplete) — Bertram Merrell Marriage Index of Cheshire (1750-1836)
M 1837-1958 — Cheshire BMD (CW:CE13)
Monumental InscriptionsTranscript by J. H. E. Bennett & F. Lawson, 1912 — Cheshire Record Office ; Chester Library
NotesM 1639-1654 ; B 1640-1655 — missing from registers

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