MORETON: Christ Church (Church of England)

Upton Road/Moreton Cross.

Church History

Founded in 1864 as the district church for the townships of Moreton and Saughall Massie (previously served by Bidston: St. Oswald). The boundaries of "The District Chapelry of Christ Church, Moreton" were described in the London Gazette on 8 January 1864:

"All those portions of the parish of Bidstone, in the county of Chester, and in the diocese of Chester, which are comprised within and are coextensive with the limits of the township of
Moreton-cum-Lingham, and of the township of Sanghall Massie, within the said parish."

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1937 October 26 — reduced when an area was transferred to Great Meols: St. John the Baptist.
  • 1957 November 29 — reduced when an area was transferred to Leasowe: St. Chad.
  • 1959 January 23 — extended when the following area was transferred from Great Meols: St. John the Baptist: "All that part of the parish of Saint John the Baptist, Great Meols, which is bounded on the east by the parish of Christ Church, Moreton, on the southeast by the parish of Upton (or Overchurch) and on the remaining sides by an imaginary line commencing at the point where the boundary which divides the parish of Upton (or Overchurch) from the parish of Saint John the Baptist, Great Meols, meets the Wallasey County Borough boundary and extending thence generally northwestwards along -the said County Borough boundary to a point in the middle of the Birkenhead North to West Kirby branch railway line of British Railways (London Midland Region) and continuing thence northeastwards along the middle of the said railway line to the boundary which divides the parish of Saint John the Baptist, Great Meols, from the parish of Christ Church, Moreton."

Church Records

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

Original Registers C 1863-1973 ; M 1864-1977 — Cheshire Record Office (P 156)
C from 1973 ; M from 1977 ; B from 1863 — Church
Microfilm Copies C 1863-1938 ; M 1864-1954 — Cheshire Record Office
C 1863-1906 ; M 1864-1936 — Family History Society of Cheshire ; Birkenhead Central Library
Bishop's Transcripts 1863-1894 (microfilmed)  — Cheshire Record Office
Copies and Indexes 1864-1936 — Cheshire BMD (WR:C5)
Monumental Inscriptions Published by the Family History Society of Cheshire (Wallasey Group), 2000

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