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CHORLEY (near Wilmslow)

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"CHORLEY, a township in the parish of WILMSLOW, hundred of MACCLESFIELD, county palatine of CHESTER, 5¾ miles (N. W. by W.) from Macclesfield, containing 478 inhabitants." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Chorley was a township in Wilmslow ancient parish, Macclesfield hundred (SJ 8278), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • In 1894 the town of Alderley Edge and the hamlets of Belmont, Elm Grove and The Ryleys were transferred to the civil parish of Alderley Edge.
  • It includes the hamlets of Lindow, Lindow End and Row-of-Trees
  • The population was 391 in 1801, 803 in 1851, 305 in 1901, 396 in 1951, and 399 in 2001.


  • Wilmslow: St. Bartholomew (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Chorley.
  • Chorley, St. Philip (Church of England). The district church for Chorley from 1866.
  • Lindow: St. John the Evangelist (Church of England). Built in 1874 as a chapel to Chorley: St. Philip, becoming a district church for part of Chorley in 1877.
  • Lindow, Methodist Chapel (New Connexion). Built in 1839, closed in 1970. Registers of baptisms 1891-1962 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

See also Alderley Edge.


Civil Registration

  • Macclesfield (1837-1937)
  • Macclesfield (1937-74)
  • Macclesfield (1974-98)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

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

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • 1894 — Lost the part in Chorley Urban Sanitary District to Alderley Edge (pop. 2214 in 1901)
  • 1895 September 30 — Lost part to Alderley Edge (pop. 9 in 1901)
  • 1936 April 1 — Lost parts to Alderley Edge (2 acres, pop. 25 in 1931) and Wilmslow (3 acres, pop. 0 in 1931)
  • 1981 April 4 — Lost part to Nether Alderley, and part to the unparished area of Wilmslow


Politics and Government

  • Macclesfield Rural Sanitary District (partly, 1875-94)
  • Chorley Urban Sanitary District (partly, 1875-94) *
  • Macclesfield Rural District (1894-1974)
  • Macclesfield (1974-2009)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

* The part in Chorley Urban Sanitary District became the civil parish of Alderley Edge in 1894.


Voting Registers

  • North Cheshire (1832-67)
  • East Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Knutsford (1885-1948)
  • Macclesfield (1949-74)