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WILMSLOW

"WILMSLOW, a parish in the hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 7 miles (N.W. by N.) from Macclesfield, comprising the townships of Bollen-Fee, Chorley, Fulshaw, and Pownal-Fee, and containing 3927 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, rated in the king's books at £32. 15., and in the patronage of Thomas Joseph Trafford, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Bartholomew, is a handsome structure, combining the decorated and later English styles, and containing several old monuments of the Dunham, Trafford, and Newton families; in an adjoining chapel, of modern construction, are several tombs of the family of Leigh, by one of whom it was founded. The small river Bollin, upon which are extensive cotton and silk mills, runs through the parish. There are places of worship for Independents and Wesleyan Methodists. Courts leet and baron are held, the former by the Earl of Stamford and Warrington, and the latter at Pownal- Fee by Mr. Trafford. A school, founded by the Rev. Henry Hough, with a small endowment, affords instruction to ten children. A workhouse was established, about 1780, upon Lindon common, and land, now producing upwards of £200 per annum, was assigned for its support. About a quarter of a mile eastward from the church are some remains of an ancient chapel, supposed to have belonged to the old manor-house."[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

"DEAN-ROW, a hamlet in the parish of WILMSLOW, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 6½ miles (N. N. W.) from Macclesfield. The population is returned with the parish." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Wilmslow, [previously an ancient parish] also a civil parish created in 1894 from parts of Bollinfee, Fulshaw and Pownall Fee.
  • Since 1974 it has been an unparished area.
  • It includes the hamlets of Carrwood, Colshaw, Davenport Green, Dean Row, Finney Green, Fulshaw Park, Harden Park, Hilltop, Hollinlane, Hough, Lacey Green, Lindow (part), Morley, Oversley, The Parsonage, Pownall Green, Shady Grove, Stanneyland and Styal.
  • The population  was 7361 in 1901, 10536 in 1951, and 30326 in 2001.

For the period before 1894 see Bollinfee, Fulshaw and Pownall Fee.

Cemeteries

  • Wilmslow Cemetery, Manchester Road. Opened 1907 (6.5 acres)

Churches

  • Wilmslow: St. Bartholomew (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the townships of Bollinfee, Chorley, Fulshaw and Pownall Fee.
  • Lindow: St. John the Evangelist (Church of England). The district church for part of Wilmslow from 1894.
  • Styal: All Saints (Church of England). Founded in 1935 as a chapel to St. Bartholomew.
  • Wilmslow: Sacred Heart & St. Teresa (Roman Catholic), Green Lane. Founded in 1876 in Alma Lane, the present church was opened in 1914. Registers of baptisms 1871-1958, marriages 1884-1948 and burials 1889-1958 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Wilmslow, Friends' Meeting House (Quakers), Altrincham Road. Founded in 17th century. Registers 1654-1831 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Morley, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Water Lane. Built in 1798, rebuilt in 1884.
  • Wilmslow, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Dean Row. Founded in 1799, Built in 1849. Registers 1807-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Wilmslow, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Lende End. Built in 1807. Registers 1796-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Hough, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1838. Registers of baptisms 1854-1984 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Wilmslow, Methodist Chapel (New Connexion), Hawthorn Street. Built in 1870.
  • Wilmslow, Presbyterian Chapel, Dean Row. Founded in 1672, Built in 1688, became Unitarian Chapel in 1748. Records of births/baptisms 1748-1980, marriages 1845-63 and deaths/burials 1751-1857 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Styal, Norcliffe Unitarian Chapel. Founded in 1824. Registers of marriages 1840-1890 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Wilmslow, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational). Built in 1847.

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Wilmslow area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Civil Registration

  • Altrincham (1894-98)
  • Bucklow (1898-1974) *
  • Macclesfield (1974-98)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

* The part of the former civil parish of Handforth, which was added to Wilmslow in 1936, remained in Stockport registration district until 1937.

Court Records

  • Prestbury (1894-1974)
  • Macclesfield (2011+)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

Places associated with Wilmslow ancient parish with separate pages

 

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SJ840811 (Lat/Lon: 53.326562, -2.241696), Wilmslow which are provided by:

Politics and Government

  • Wilmslow Urban District (1894-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Altrincham (1894-95)
  • Bucklow (1895-1930)

Voting Registers

  • Knutsford (1894-1974) *

* The part of the former civil parish of Handforth, which was added to Wilmslow in 1936, remained in the Altrincham division until 1945.