NORBURY: St. Thomas (Church of England)

London Road, Hazel Grove.

Church History

Built in 1737 as a chapel to Stockport: St. Mary the Virgin. In 1843 it became the district church for the township of Norbury. The boundaries of "The Chapelry District of Saint Thomas, Norbury" were described in the London Gazette on 10 January 1843:

"The chapelry district of Saint Thomas, Norbury, is to consist of the township of Norbury, being bounded on or towards the west by the township of Brammall [sic]; on the north by the township of Torkington; on the east by the township of Marple, all in the parish of Stockport; on the south by the township of Poynton, in the parish of Prestbury"

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1860 October 30 — reduced when part of the township of Norbury was transferred to High Lane: St. Thomas.
  • 1878 August 23 — extended to include the following areas transferred from Stockport: St. Mary the Virgin, Cheadle: St. Mary, and Stockport: St. Thomas:  "All that portion of the said parish of Stockport wherein the present incumbent of such parish now possesses the exclusive cure of souls which is comprised within and is co-extensive with the limits of that part of the township of Torkington which is not included within the new parish of Saint Thomas High-lane in the county and diocese aforesaid. And also all that contiguous portion of the parish of Cheadle in the same county and diocese which is detached from the main body of the same parish and which is comprised within and is co-extensive with the limits of that detached part of the township of Handforth cum Bosden which is called or known as the hamlet of Bosden. And also all that contiguous portion of the parish of Saint Thomas Stockport sometime part of the parish of Stockport aforesaid which is bounded on the south-east by the new parish of Saint Thomas Norbury aforesaid and on the northeast partly by the above-described detached portion of the said parish of Cheadle and partly by the parish of Stockport aforesaid and on the remaining sides that is to say on the northwest and on the south-west by an imaginary line commencing at the north-western end of the village of Hazlegrove upon the boundary which divides the said parish of Stockport from the parish of Saint Thomas Stockport aforesaid at the point where the Manchester and Buxton-road is joined by Bramhall-lane and extending thence generally south-westward along the middle of the said lane for a distance of one mile and a quarter or thereabouts to its junction at the houses called or known as Newbarn with Jackson's-lane and with Mill-lane and extending thence westward along the middle of the last-named lane for a distance of thirty-one chains and a half or thereabouts to the centre of Mill Bridge which carries the same lane over the stream called or known as Lady Brook and extending thence first southward and then south-eastward along the middle of the said stream for a distance of sixty-one chains or thereabouts to the boundary which divides the said parish of Saint Thomas Stockport from the new parish of Saint Thomas Norbury aforesaid."

Church Records

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

Original Registers C 1829-1983 ; M 1837-1984 & 2010-2014 ; B 1834-1922 — Cheshire Record Office (P 142)
C from 1983 ; M from 2014 ; B from 1922 — Church
Microfilm Copies C 1829-1953 ; M 1837-1956 ; B 1834-1898 — Cheshire Record Office ; Poynton Library
C 1829-1905 ; M 1837-1913 ; B 1834-1898 — Family History Society of Cheshire ; Manchester Archives & Local Studies ; Stockport Heritage Library
Bishop's Transcripts 1829-1877 (microfilmed) — Cheshire Record Office, Family History Society of Cheshire
Copies and Indexes M 1837-2014 — Cheshire BMD (ST:ST75)
M 1984-2010 — location uncertain
B 1834-1977 — National Burial Index
B 1834-1977 — North Cheshire Family History Society

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