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CRANAGE

"CRANAGE, a township in that part of the parish of SANDBACH which is in the hundred of NORTHWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, 3¾ miles (E. N. E.) from Middlewich, containing 433 inhabitants. Thomas Hall, Esq. erected two schoolrooms here, one of which he endowed with £10 per annum, for ten boys, and the other with £4 per annum, for ten girls, all of them being partly clothed. In the reign of Henry VI. a bridge of stone was erected across the river Dane, at the expense of Sir John Nedham, but a few years ago it gave place to the present structure, which is built of wood, from a design by Mr. Harrison, of Chester." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Cranage was a township in Church Hulme chapelry of Sandbach ancient parish, Northwich hundred (SJ 7469), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The population was 385 in 1801, 410 in 1851, 361 in 1901, 1217 in 1951, and 1130 in 2001.

Churches

  • Sandbach: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Cranage.
  • Church Hulme: St. Luke (Church of England). An ancient chapel to Sandbach: St. Mary, and the district church for the township of Cranage from 1733.
  • Byley cum Lees: St. John the Evangelist (Church of England). The district church for part of Cranage from 1848.
  • Cranage, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Founded in 1813, closed in 1900. Registers 1834-1973 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Cranage 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

  • Congleton (1837-1937)
  • Crewe (1937-74)
  • Congleton & Crewe (1974-88)
  • South Cheshire (1988-98)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Northwich (1828-99)
  • Middlewich & Sandbach (1899-1907)
  • Middlewich (1907-67)
  • South East Cheshire (1967-74)
  • Congleton (1974-92)
  • South Cheshire (1992+)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 1889 March 24 — Gained detached part No.5 of Rudheath (7 acres, pop. 0 in 1891)
  • 1936 April 1 — Gained the whole of Cotton (375 acres, pop. 33 in 1931) and part of Leese (389 acres, pop. 56 in 1931), and lost part to Lach Dennis (113 acres, pop. 13 in 1931)
  • 1982 April 1 — Lost part to Holmes Chapel (comprising the area of the former civil parish of Cotton)

You can see the administrative areas in which Cranage 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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Politics and Government

  • Congleton Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Congleton Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Congleton (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Knutsford (1885-1974)