MACCLESFIELD: St. Paul (Church of England)

Brook Street
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Church History

Built in 1844 as a district church for part of the township of Macclesfield (previously served by Macclesfield: St. Michael & All Angels). The boundaries of "The District of Saint Paul, Macclesfield" were described in the London Gazette on 10 July 1844:

"All that part of the chapelry of Macclesfield, in the parish of Prestbury, and in the said county and diocese of Chester, bounded on the north, by the township of Hurdsfield, on the west, by the river Bollin, on the east, by the township of Rainow, and on the south, by an imaginary line extending towards the south-west, from the western boundary of such last-mentioned township, along the middle of the turnpike road from Macclesfield to Buxton, to a point in the centre of the space where the said road, the old road to Buxton, and the road to Hurdsfield meet, and thence in a straight direction to the north-east corner of the New Town Reservoir, and thence westward, along the northern side of such reservoir and in a straight direction towards the south-west, from the extreme north-western corner thereof, to a point on the eastern side of Knight's Reservoir, opposite to the centre thereof, and thence towards the south-west, along the same side of such last-mentioned reservoir, and westward, along a certain brook running from the same reservoir, as far as the said river Bollin"

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1886 January 22 — reduced when the following area was transferred to Hurdsfield: Holy Trinity: "All that contiguous portion of the new parish of Saint Paul Macelesfield aforesaid which is bounded upon the south and upon the west by an imaginary line commencing at the point where the boundary which divides the said new parish of the Holy Trinity Hurdsfield from the new parish of Saint Paul Macclesfield aforesaid crosses the middle of the street called or known as Eastgate, and extending thence westward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of two chains and three-quarters or thereabouts to its junction with King-street and extending thence northward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of four and a half chains or thereabouts to its junction with Queen-street and extending thence westward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of two and a half chains or thereabouts to its junction with Commercial-road and continuing thence still westward and in a direct line across the last-named road to the boundary in the middle of the line of the Macclesfield Committee Railway which boundary divides the said new parish of Saint Paul Macclesfield from the new parish of (Saint Michael) Macclestield aforesaid all which above-described portion of the new parish of Saint Paul Macclesfield aforesaid, is bounded upon the remaining sides other than upon the south and upon the west as aforesaid that is to say upon the north-west the north the north-east and the east as follows upon the northwest by the new parish of (Saint Michael) Macclesfield aforesaid, upon the north by the above-described portion of the parish of Prestbury aforesaid, upon the north-east and upon the east by the new parish of the Holy Trinity Hurdsfield aforesaid".
  • 1886 January 22 — enlarged when the following area was transferred from Hurdsfield: Holy Trinity: "All that portion of the said new parish of the Holy Trinity Hurdsfield which is bounded upon the north-west and upon the north-east by an imaginary line commencing at th« point where the boundary which divides the said new parish of Saint Paul Macclesfield from the new parish of the Holy Trinity Hurdsfield aforesaid crosses the middle of the street called or known as Eastgate as aforesaid, and extending thence north-eastward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of two and a half chains or thereabouts to its junction with Waterloo-street and extending thence south-eastward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of four and three-quarter chains or thereabouts to the boundary which divides the said new parish of the Holy Trinity Hurdsfield from the new parish of Saint Paul Macclesfield aforesaid."

Church Records

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

Original RegistersC 1844-1920 ; M 1844-1933 ; B 1844-1866 — Cheshire Record Office (P 225)
C from 1920 ; M from 1933 ; B from 1866 — Church
Microfilm CopiesC 1844-1920 ; M 1844-1914 ; B 1844-1866 — Cheshire Record Office ; Family History Society of Cheshire ; Macclesfield Library
Bishop's Transcripts1874-76, 1888, 1895-97 (microfilmed) — Cheshire Record Office ; Family History Society of Cheshire
Copies and IndexesM 1844-1983 — Cheshire BMD (CE:1057)
Monumental InscriptionsPublished by North Cheshire Family History Society, 1978

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