TRANMERE: St. Catherine (Church of England)

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Church History

Built in 1831 as a chapel to Bebington: St. Andrew, which became the district church for the township of Tranmere in 1842. Theboundaries of "The Chapelry District at Tranmere" were described in the London Gazette of 10 May 1842:

"The district to comprize and consist of the township of Tranmere, which is bounded on the east by the river Mersey ; on the north and north west by the palish of Berkenhead [sic], in the said county; on the south west by the parish of Woodchurch, in the said county ; and on the south by the township of Higher Bebington, in the said parish of Bebington"

The district was affected by the following boundary changes:

  • 1858 April 27 — reduced when part of the township of Tranmere was transferred to Tranmere: St. Paul.
  • 1876 October 31 — reduced when part of the township of Tranmere was transferred to Claughton: Christ Church.
  • 1881 July 22 — reduced when the following part of the township of Tranmere was transferred to Birkenhead: St. Paul: "All that contiguous portion of the new parish of Saint Catherine Tranmere in the county and diocese aforesaid which is bounded on the east by the new parish of Saint Paul Birkenhead aforesaid, on the north by the particular district of Saint John Birkenhead in the same county and diocese and on the west and south by an imaginary line commencing upon the boundary which divides the said particular district from the new parish of Saint Catherine Tranmere aforesaid at the point where Happy Valley-road is joined by the road called or known as Quarry Bank and extending thence first south-eastward and then eastward along the middle of the last-named road for a distance of seven chains or thereabouts to its junction with Whetstone-lane and with the Woodlands-road and extending thence north-eastward along the middle of the last-named road for a distance of three chains or thereabouts to its junction with Hollybank-road and extending thence south-eastward along the middle of the last-named road for a distance of four and a half chains or thereabouts to its junction with Lowood-road and extending thence first north-eastward and then south-eastward along the middle of the last-named road for a distance of fifteen chains or thereabouts thereby passing in front of the house called or known as Saint Paul's Parsonage to the junction of the said last-named road with Clifton-road and extending thence south-westward along the middle of the last-named road for a distance of eleven chains or thereabouts to its junction with Whetstone-lane aforesaid and extending thence south-eastward along the middle of the last-named lane for a distance of six chains or thereabouts to its junction with the road which leads to the north-western end of Holt Hill-terrace and extending thence northward along the middle of the last-described road for a distance of two and a half chains or thereabouts to the north-western end of Holt Hill-terrace aforesaid and extending thence north-eastward and in a direct line for a distance of eighteen chains or thereabouts across certain open ground commonly known as the Gas Works Fields to the point near the gasometers at the southern end of Thomas-street where the boundary dividing the said new parish of Saint Catherine Tranmere from the new parish of Saint Paul Birkenhead aforesaid meets the boundary dividing the last-named new parish from the parochial chapelry of Saint Mary Birkenhead in the county of Chester and in the diocese of Chester aforesaid"
  • 1883 March 6 — reduced when part of the township of Tranmere was transferred to Lower Tranmere: St. Luke.
  • 1902 March 7 — reduced when part of the township of Tranmere was transferred to Prenton: St. Stephen.
  • 1912 May 17 — reduced when part of the township of Tranmere was transferred to Claughton: St. Michael & All Angels.

Church Records

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

Original RegistersC 1831-1995 ; M 1845-1971 — Cheshire Record Office (P 157)
C from 1995 ; M from 1972 — Church
Microfilm CopiesC 1831-1932 ; M 1845-1953 — Cheshire Record Office
Copies and IndexesM 1837-1953 — Cheshire BMD (WR:BK16)

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