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"BUTLEY, a township in the parish of PRESTBURY, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 2¾ miles (N. by W.) from Macclesfield, containing 579 inhabitants. At the time Of the Norman survey, this place, then the property of one Ulluric, a Saxon freeman, was exempted, and is consequently unnoticed in Domesday-book, a mark of clemency which the owner, who was allowed to continue in undisturbed possession, probably acquired by some signal service to the Conqueror. The manufacture of silk is carried on to some extent. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists, with a school attached, in which about one hundred children are instructed. Some tumuli were discovered in the vicinity a few years since. This is the birthplace of Thomas Newton, a distinguished writer in the sixteenth century." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Butley was a township in Prestbury ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 9177), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • The civil parish was abolished in 1936 to become parts of Prestbury and Bollington (near Macclesfield).
  • It included the hamlet of Butley Town.
  • The population was 516 in 1801, 709 in 1851, and 471 in 1901.

For the period after 1936, see Bollington (near Macclesfield) and Prestbury.


  • Prestbury: St. Peter (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Butley.
  • Butley, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan).


Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-1936)

Court Records

  • Prestbury (1828-1936)

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Politics and Government

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

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