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"GAWSWORTH, a parish in the hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 3½ miles (S. W. by S.) from Macclesfield, containing 804 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's hooks at £7. 4. 4½., and in the patronage of the Earl of Harrington. The church, dedicated to St. James, is a handsome structure. There is a small sum for the education of children. The New Macclesfield canal, connecting the Grand Trunk with the Peak Forest, passes through the eastern side of the parish. Courts leet and haron are held annually." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Gawsworth was a township and parish in Macclesfield hundred (SJ 8869), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Danes Moss, Dighills, Gawsmoor Hill, High Lane, Moss Houses, Shellow, Tidnock, Walkers Heath, Warren, Whitemoor and Woodhouse End.
  • The population was 697 in 1801, 788 in 1851, 573 in 1901, 1093 in 1951, and 1673 in 2001.


  • Gawsworth: St. James (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Gawsworth.
  • Gawsworth, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), The Warren. Built in 1892.

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Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-1998)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Prestbury (1828-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974+)

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Historical Geography

  • 1936 April 1 — Lost part to Macclesfield (20 acres, pop. 41 in 1931)
  • 1955 March 8 — Lost part to Macclesfield (147 acres, pop. 53 in 1951)
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Politics and Government

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

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Macclesfield (1885-1974)