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"BOSLEY, a chapelry in the parish of PRESTBURY, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 4¾ miles (E. N. E.) from Congleton, containing 546 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £800 royal bounty, and £1000 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Vicar of Prestbury." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Bosley was a township in Prestbury ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9266), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlets of Higher Works, Key Green, Kiln Hill, Lower Works, Minn End, Mountpleasant, Primrosebank and Smithy Green.
  • The population was 417 in 1801, 568 in 1851, 353 in 1901, 421 in 1951, and 406 in 2001.


  • Prestbury: St. Peter (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Bosley.
  • Bosley: St. Mary the Virgin (Church of England). An ancient chapel to Prestbury, St. Peter, which became the district church for Bosley in 1883.
  • Bosley, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Founded in 1832. Memorial inscriptions have been published by the FHS of Cheshire (1995).

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Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-98)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Prestbury (1828-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974+)

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Historical Geography

  • 1936 April 1 — Lost part to Congleton (1 acre, pop. 0 in 1931)

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Politics and Government

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

Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Macclesfield (1885-1974)