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"CHELFORD, a chapelry in the parish of PRESTBURY, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 5¼ miles (S. E. by E.) from Knutsford, containing 203 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Chester, endowed with £600 private benefaction, and £600 royal bounty, and in the patronage of Mr. Parker. The chapel was rebuilt in 1776. Five roads meet in the village; and the Birtles and Henbury brooks unite immediately below the chapel, forming a fine sheet of water, which empties itself into a brook called Peover-leye. A school was built by the late Rev. John Parker, who endowed it with about £17 per annum." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Chelford was a township in Prestbury ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 8174).
  • It became a civil parish in 1866.
  • It includes the hamlet of Astle.
  • The population was 163 in 1801, 263 in 1851, 374 in 1901, 392 in 1951, and 1254 in 2001.


  • Prestbury: St. Peter (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Chelford.
  • Chelford: St. John the Evangelist (Church of England). An ancient chapel to Prestbury: St. Peter, which became the district church for Chelford in 1880.

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Civil Registration

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

Court Records

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

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Historical Geography

  • 1981 April 4 — Gained part of Marthall.

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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)
  • Knutsford (1885-1948)
  • Macclesfield (1949-74)