MACCLESFIELD: Christ Church (Church of England)

Great King Street
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Church History

Built in 1775 as a chapel to Macclesfield: St. Michael & All Angels. In 1888 it became a district church serving part of the township of Macclesfield (previously served by Macclesfield: St. Michael & All Angels). The boundaries of "The District Chapelry of Christ Church, Macclesfield" were described in the London Gazette on 23 November 1888:

"All that part of the new parish (sometime district chapelry) of Macclesfield in the county of Chester and in the diocese of Chester wherein the present incumbent of such new parish now possesses the exclusive cure of souls, and which is comprised within and is bounded by an imaginary line commencing upon the boundary which divides the said new parish of Macclesfield from the district chapelry of Saint John the Evangelist, Macclesfield, in the county and diocese aforesaid at the point where Bond-street is joined by Crossall-street, and extending thence first eastward and then north-eastward along the said boundary for a distance of sixteen chains or thereabouts thereby following the course of the last-named street to the point at its junction with Elizabeth-street where the said boundary bends sharply towards the south-east and continuing thence still north-eastward along the middle of Crossall-street aforesaid for a distance of one chain or thereabouts to the foot of the steps which connect the same street with Barker-street and continuing thence still north-eastward up the middle of the said steps to a point at the southern end of Barker-street aforesaid and extending thence northward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of five chains or thereabouts to its junction wi th Roe-street and extending thence westward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of seventy-five links or thereabouts to its junction with the street or road called or known as Nixon's-yard, and extending thence first northward and then north-eastward along the middle of the last-named street or road for a distance of eight chains or thereabouts to its junction with Derby-street and extending thence first north-westward and then northward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of ten chains or thereabouts to its junction with the street called or known as Chcstergate and extending thence westward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of twelve and a half chains or thereabouts to its junction with King Edward-street, with Chester-road, and with Prestbury-road, and extending thence north-westward along the middle of the last-named road for a distance of thirty- two chains or thereabouts to a point upon the boundary which divides the said new parish of Macclesfield from the parish of Prestbury in the county andi diocese aforesaid and extending thence generally westward along the last-mentioned boundary for a distance of seventy-six and a half chains or thereabouts thereby following in part the course of Whitfield Brook to the point on the eastern side of Back-lane where the same boundary joins the boundary which divides the said new parish of Macclesfield from the particular district of Saiat Thomas Henbury in the county and diocese aforesaid, and extending thence first southward and then south-eastward along the last-mentioned boundary for a distance of thirty-seven chains or thereabouts to a point in the middle of Chester-road opposite to the north-eastern angle of the buildings called or known as "Acton's Property" and extending thence eastward along the middle of the last-named road for a distance of sixty-eight chains or thereabouts to its junction with Crompton-road and extending thence first south-eastward and then southward along the middle of the last-named road for a distance of fifteen and a half chains or thereabouts to its junction with West Bond-street and extending thence eastward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of ten and a half chains or thereabouts to its junction with Bond-street aforesaid and ext ending thence southward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of five chains or thereabouts to the first described point at the junction of the same street with Crossall-street as aforesaid upon the boundary which divides the said new parish of Macclesfield from the district chapelry of Saint John the Evangelist Macclesfield as aforesaid at which point the said imaginary line commenced."

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

Christ Church closed in 1983. See also the chapel of Macclesfield: All Saints.

Church Records

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

Original RegistersC 1775-1983 ; M 1889-1982 ; B 1776-1961 — Cheshire Record Office (P 84)
Microfilm CopiesC 1775-1943 ; M 1889-1948 ; B 1776-1961 — Cheshire Record Office ; Family History Society of Cheshire ; Manchester Archives & Local Studies ; Macclesfield Library
Bishop's Transcripts1779-80, 1800-14, 1815-29 (microfilmed) — Cheshire Record Office ; Family History Society of Cheshire
1783-84, 1830-45 — included in BTs for Macclesfield: St. Michael & All Angels
Copies and IndexesC 1793-1837 (microfilmed transcript) — Society of Genealogists' Library
M 1889-1982 — Cheshire BMD (CE:1053)
B 1830-1893 (microfilmed copy registers) — Cheshire Record Office, Macclesfield Library
Monumental InscriptionsPublished by the Family History Society of Cheshire (Macclesfield Group), 1989

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