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"SMALLWOOD, a township in that part of the parish of ASTBURY which is in the hundred of NORTHWICH, county palatine of CHESTER, 3 miles (E. by S.) from Sandbach, containing 584 inhabitants. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Smallwood was a township in Astbury ancient parish, Northwich hundred (SJ 8060), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Brookhouse Green, Four Lane Ends (part), Martin's Moss, Mirian Heath, Mossend, Moss Mere, Overton Green, Pool Lane End, Rue Moss, Simms Green, Spen Green, Spen Moss and Wallhill.
  • The population was 492 in 1801, 619 in 1851, 530 in 1901, 585 in 1951, and 491 in 2001.


  • Astbury: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Smallwood.
  • Smallwood: St. John the Baptist (Church of England). Built in 1845 as a chapel to Astbury: St. Mary, becoming the district church for Smallwood in 1846.
  • Smallwood, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Founded in 1811. Registers 1920-1976 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

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Civil Registration

  • Congleton (1837-1937)
  • Crewe (1937-74)
  • Congleton & Crewe (1974-1988)
  • South Cheshire (1988-98)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Northwich (1828-99)
  • Middlewich & Sandbach (1899-1907)
  • Congleton (County) (1907-67)
  • South East Cheshire (1967+)
  • Congleton (1974-92)
  • South Cheshire (1992+)

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Politics and Government

  • Congleton Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Congleton Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Congleton (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Crewe (1885-1948)
  • Knutsford (1949-74)