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"BIRTLES, a township in the parish of PRESTBURY hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 2¾ miles (W. by N.) from Macclesfield, containing 47 inhabitants. There are various tumuli in the neighbourhood, and fragments of urns, which formerly contained burnt bones, have been discovered." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Birtles was a township in Prestbury ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 8574), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1936 to become parts of Henbury and Over Alderley.
  • The population was 35 in 1801, 65 in 1851, and 51 in 1901.

For the period after 1936, see Henbury.


  • Prestbury: St. Peter (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Birtles.
  • Birtles: St. Catherine (Church of England). The district church for Birtles from 1890.


Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-1936)

Court Records

  • Prestbury (1828-1936)

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 1936 April 1 — Abolished and divided between Henbury (599 acres, pop. 50 in 1931) and Over Alderley (less than 1 acre, pop. 0 in 1931).


Politics and Government

  • Macclesfield Rural Sanitary District (1875-94)
  • Macclesfield Rural District (1894-1936)

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Macclesfield (1885-1936)