NANTWICH: St. Mary (Church of England)

Church History

An ancient parish church, originally serving the townships of Alvaston, Leighton, Nantwich and Woolstanwood, and part of the township of Willaston. It included the chapels of Barony: All Saints, and Hack Green: St. Michael.

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1840 — redjuced when the township of Leighton was transferred to Leighton cum Minshull Vernon: St. Peter.
  • 1927 July 5 — enlarged when the following area was transferred from Wybunbury: St. Chad: "A portion of the Parish of the said Benefice of Wybunbury, that is to say so much of the said Parish as is bounded upon the east by the Parish of the Benefice of Wistaston, in the said County and Diocese, upon the north and upon the west by the Parish of the said Benefice of Nantwich and upon the south by an imaginary line following the middle of the Crewe and Shrewsbury Branch Line of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (formerly the London and
    North Western Railway)".
  • 1930 April 1 — enlarged when the civil parishes of Austerson, Baddington, and Coole Pilate were transferred from Acton: St. Mary.
  • 1951 August 10 — reduced when an area was transferred to Crewe: St. Barnabas.

Church Records

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

Original RegistersC 1539-1944 ; M 1576-1949 ; B 1573-1943 — Cheshire Record Office (P 120)
C from 1944 ; M from 1949 — Church
Microfilm CopiesC 1539-1917 ; M 1576-1949 ; B 1573-1943 — Cheshire Record Office
C 1539-1917 ; M 1572-1902 ; B 1572-1893 — Family History Society of Cheshire
C 1539-1917 ; M 1576-1902 ; B 1573-1923 — Nantwich Library
Bishop's Transcripts1596, 1602-03, 1605, 1607-11, 1613-14, 1617-18, 1620, 1622, 1624, 1626-30, 1632-33, 1636-39, 1658-85, 1687-1724, 1727-39, 1741-1768, 1770-1894 (microfilmed) — Cheshire Record Office
Copies and IndexesCMB 1539-1871 — Cheshire Parish Register Project
CMB 1539-1812 (transcript, 11 vols.) — Cheshire Record Office ; Nantwich Library
C 1741-1762 ; M 1741-1756 ; B 1841-1760 (transcripts) — Church library
M 1700-1765, 1800-1837 (incomplete) — Bertram Merrell Marriage Index of Cheshire (1750-1836)
M 1754-1837 — North & East Cheshire Marriage Index - may be viewable at subscription sites such as ancestry or findmypast
M 1837-1974 — Cheshire BMD (CC:1066)
Monumental InscriptionsTranscript and index, 1934 — Cheshire Record Office

Explanatory NotesIndex of Churches