HIGH LANE: St. Thomas (Church of England)

Buxton Road
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Church History

Built in 1860 as a parish church to serve parts of the townships of Poynton and Worth (previously served by Prestbury: St. Peter), parts of the townships of Marple and Torkington (previously served by Stockport: St. Mary the Virgin), and part of the township of Norbury (previously served by Norbury: St. Thomas). The boundaries of "The Consolidated Chapelry of Saint Thomas, High Lane" were described in the London Gazette on 30 October 1860:

"All that portion of the township or chapelry of Poynton, otherwise Pointon, in the parish of Prestbury. in the county and diocese of Chester, and also all that portion of the township or chapelry of Marple, in the parish of Stockport, in the same county and diocese, and also all that portion of the township of Torkington, in the last-named parish, and also all that portion of the chapelry district of Saint Thomas, Norbury (heretofore part of the said parish of Stockport), which are comprised within and bounded by an imaginary line, commencing at a point in that portion of the High-road leading from Manchester to Buxton, which is called High Lane, opposite to the middle of a cartway leading from such high road past the Norbury Colliery Weighing Machine House to Poynton, and extending thence southward to and along the middle of such cartway to a point opposite to the middle of the northern end of an ancient footpath connecting such cartway with a road leading past the New House Farm to Worth, and extending thence southward to and along the middle of the said footpath to the middle of the road leading past the New House Farm to Worth, as aforesaid, and extending thence first eastward, and thence south-eastward along the middle of the last-mentioned road to its junction with a cartway leading from High Lane to Worth, and extending thence northward along the middle of such lastmentioned cartway, as far as a point opposite to the middle of the western end of a certain footpath connecting the same cartway with another cartway leading past Gearmon-square towards Hill Top, and extending thence eastward to and along the middle of the said last-mentioned footpath to its junction with the last mentioned cart way, and extending thence first south-eastward, and then north-eastward along the middle of the said last-mentioned cartway to the middle of another cartway leading from High Lane by Hill Top to Lyme, and extending thence southeastward along the middle of such last-mentioned cartway as far as a point opposite to the middle of the Macclesfield Canal, and extending thence northward along the middle of the said Canal, as far as the boundary dividing the township of Marple aforesaid, from the township of Lyme, and the townships of Disley and Mellor, and extending thence in a direction first eastward, and then generally northward along such boundary to the middle of the bridge known as Windy Bottom Bridge, which carries the road leading from Strawberry Hill to Ridge End, over the River Goit, and extending thence in a direction generally south-westward from such bridge along the middle of the lastmentioned road, and of the road leading from Ridge End to Ridge End Fold to the middle of a certain occupation road leading from Ridge End Fold aforesaid, and extending thence westward along the middle of such occupation road to a point opposite to the middle of the stream known as Harper's Brook, and extending thence in a direction first southward, and then generally northwestward to and along the middle of such brook as far as the middle of the road leading from Hawk Green by Owl Clough to Windlehurst, and extending thence southwestward along the middle of the last-mentioned road to a point opposite to the middle of the southern end of another road, leading to the farm premises in the occupation of James Burgess, and extending thence in a direction generally north-westward to and along the middle of such last-mentioned road to a point opposite to the middle of the northern end of the Torkington Road, and extending thence first southward and then westward to and along the middle of the last-mentioned road to a point opposite to the middle of the northern end of another road leading past Green Clough to High Lane aforesaid,
and extending thence south-westward along the middle of the last-mentioned road, as far as the boundary dividing the township of Torkington from the township of Norbury aforesaid, and extending thence first westward and then northwestward and south-westward, along such boundary to the middle of a certain stream flowing from Torkington Brook, past High Farm and Deans Fold, and extending thence eastward along the middle of such last-mentioned stream, as far as a point opposite to the middle of a cartway leading from the High Farm to that part of the Highroad leading from Manchester to Buxton, which is called High Lane, as aforesaid, and extending thence in a direction generally soitthward to and
along the middle of the last-mentioned cartway to the middle of the High-road aforesaid, and extending thence westward along the middle of such High-road, to the point where the said imaginary line commenced."

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1871 August 22 — reduced when the part of the township of Poynton was transferred to Poynton: St. George.
  • 1934 July 6 — reduced when the following part of the township of Marple was transferred to Marple: All Saints: "All that portion of the said New Parish of Saint Thomas, High Lane, which is bounded upon the north-west by the said New Parish of All Saints, Marple, upon the north by the Parish of Mellor, upon the east partly by the last named Parish and partly by the Chapelry District of Beard, both in the County of Derby and in the Diocese of Derby, upon the south-east by the New Parish of Saint Mary, Disley, situate partly in the said County of Chester and partly in the said County of Derby and wholly in the said Diocese of Chester, and upon the remaining side, that is to say, upon the south-west, by an imaginary line commencing upon the boundary which divides the said New Parish of Saint Mary, Disley, from the said New Parish of Saint Thomas, High Lane, at the centre of the bridge which carries the footpath leading to Turflee across the stream which flows past the southern side of Springwater Mill, and extending thence northward along the middle of such footpath for a distance of 26 chains or thereabouts to the point where it reaches the south western side of the road leading from Springwater Mill to Badge End, and extending thence first north eastward to and then north westward along the middle of the said road fur a distance of 5 chains or thereabouts to its junction with Wybersley Road, opposite to the middle of the roadway and footpath leading past the north eastern side of the house and premises known as Leecot towards Marple, and extending thence north westward to and along the middle of such roadway and footpath for a distance of 14 chains or thereabouts to the boundary which divides the said New Parish of Saint Thomas, High Lane, from the said New Parish of All Saints, Marple".

Church Records

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

Original RegistersC 1860-1968 ; M 1861-1988 — Cheshire Record Office (P 257)
C from 1968 ; M from 1988 ; B from 1860 — Church
Microfilm CopiesC 1860-1968 ; M 1861-1942 — Cheshire Record Office
Copies and IndexesM 1861-2011 — Cheshire BMD (ST:ST71)
Monumental InscriptionsPublished by the Family History Society of Cheshire, 1996

Explanatory NotesIndex of Churches