CREWE: St. Barnabas (Church of England)

West Street
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Church History

Founded in 1886 as the district church for part of the township of Monks Coppenhall, in the borough of Crewe (previously served by Crewe: St. Paul). The boundaries of "The District Chapelry of Saint Barnabas, Crewe" were described in the London Gazette on 5 January 1886:

"All that part of the new parish (sometime district chapelry) of Saint Paul Coppenhall in the county of Chester and in the diocese of Chester which is bounded upon the east, upon the south-east, and upon part of the south by an imaginary line commencing at the point where the boundary which divides the said new parish of Saint Paul Coppenhall from the parish of Coppenhall, in the county and diocese aforesaid crosses the middle of Ford-lane and extending thence south-westward along the middle of the said lane for a distance of ten and a quarter chains or thereabouts to its junction with West-street and extending thence eastward along the middle of the said street for a distance of two chains or thereabouts to its junction with Lincoln-street and extending thence southward along the middle of the last-named street for a distance of six and three-quarter chains or thereabouts to its present southern end and continuing thence in the same direction and in a straight line for a distance of five and three-quarter chains or thereabouts (thereby passing along the proposed continuation of the said Lincoln-street) to the point where the same street is intended to join Richard Moon-street and extending thence in a direction nearly due south-west and in a straight line for a distance of twenty-five chains or thereabouts (thereby crossing the workshops and premises of the London and North-Western Railway Company, and also crossing the Chester and Crewe Line of the same Railway Company) to the centre of the bridge over the railway siding which connects the said line of railway with the gasworks belonging to the said Railway Company (which said bridge is intended to carry the proposed continuation of Wistaston New-road over the said railway siding) and extending thence that is from the centre of the said bridge in a direction due south and in a straight line for a distance of five chains or thereabouts to a point in the middle of Wistaston Brook and extending thence generally westward along the middle of the said brook for a distance of twenty-four and a half chains or thereabouts to the boundary which divides the said new parish of Saint Paul Coppenhall from the parish of Wistaston in the county and diocese aforesaid. All which said hereinbefore-described part of the new parish of Saint Paul Coppenhall aforesaid is bounded upon the remaining sides other than upon the east, upon the south-east, and upon the part of the south asaforesaid that is to say upon the remaining part of the south upon the west and upon the north as follows: upon the remaining part of the south by the parish of Wistaston aforesaid, upon the west by the parish of Nantwich in the county and diocese aforesaid, and upon the north partly by the new parish of Saint Peter, Leighton-with-Minshull-Vernon in the same county and diocese and partly by the parish of Coppenhall aforesaid."

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1951 August 10 — extended to include the following areas from Leighton cum Minshull Vernon: St. Peter and Nantwich: St. Mary: "All those contiguous portions of the parishes
    of Leighton with Minshull Vernon and Nantwich which are bounded upon the south east by the parish of Coppenhall and upon the remaining sides by an imaginary line commencing on the boundary which divides the parish of Coppenhall from the parish of Leighton with Minshull Vernon at a point in the middle of a proposed new sixty foot carriageway running from Underwood Lane and extending thence north westwards along the middle of the said road to the municipal borough boundary and continuing thence generally westwards along the said municipal boundary to the boundary which divides the parish of Leighton with Minshull Vernon from the parish of Nantwich and continuing thence first westwards and then southwards along the said municipal borough boundary to the boundary which divides the parish of Nantwich from the parish of Wistaston and continuing thence eastwards along the Valley Brook thereby
    following the last mentioned boundary, to the point where it meets the boundary which divides the parish of Nantwich from the parish of Saint Barnabas, Crewe."
  • 1961 November 27 — boundary alteration (details not available)

The district also included Crewe: Hospital Chapel.

Church Records

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

Original RegistersC from 1885 ; M from 1886 — Church
Bishop's TranscriptsC 1885-1893 (microfilmed) — Cheshire Record Office
Copies and IndexesM 1886-1974 — Cheshire BMD (CC:1031)
NotesB — none

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