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"CONGLETON, a chapelry and market-town (incorporated), in the parish of ASTBURY, having separate jurisdiction, locally in the hundred of Northwich, county palatine of CHESTER, 31 miles (E. by S.) from Chester, and 161 (N. W. by W.) from London, containing 6405 inhabitants. ... More" [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England  (1831) ©Mel Lockie]

  • Congleton was a township and market town in Astbury ancient parish, Northwich hundred (SJ 8663), which became a civil parish in 1866.
  • Between 1 April 1974 and 1 November 1980 it was an unparished area
  • It includes the hamlets of Bankyfields, Bath Vale, Birch Moss, Buglawton, Cloud Side, Congleton Edge (part), Eaton Bank, Fol Hollow, Hardings Bank, Havannah (from 1936), Hightown, Loachbrook (part), Lower Heath, The Marsh, Mossley, Primrose Vale, Pudd's Bank, Salford, Under Rainow and West Heath.
  • The population was 3861 in 1801, 10520 in 1851, 10707 in 1901, 15502 in 1951, and 25750 in 2001.


  • Congleton, St. Peter's Cemetery. Adjoining the churchyard, opened 1842.


  • Astbury: St. Mary (Church of England). The ancient parish church for the township of Congleton.
  • Congleton: St. Peter (Church of England). An ancient chapel to Astbury: St. Mary, which became a district church for part of Congleton in 1867.
  • Congleton: St. James (Church of England). A district church for part of Congleton from 1844.
  • Congleton: St. Stephen (Church of England). A district church for part of Congleton from 1845.
  • Mossley: Holy Trinity (Church of England). A district church for part of Congleton from 1846.
  • Congleton: St. Mary (Roman Catholic). Founded in 1821..
  • Congleton, Friends' Meeting House (Quakers). Closed in 1741. Some records are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Congleton, Methodist (Trinity) Chapel (Wesleyan), Wagg Street. Founded in 1766, rebuilt in 1808 and 1967. Registers of baptisms 1838-98 and marriages 1845-56 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Congleton, Methodist Chapel (Primitive). Built in 1821 on Lawton Street, rebuilt in 1890 in Kinsey Street.
  • Congleton, Methodist Chapel (Lady Huntingdon's Connexion). Founded in 1822. Registers 1822-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Congleton Edge, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Built in 1833, rebuilt in 1889.
  • Congleton, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Brook Street. Built in 1834, closed in 1966. Registers of baptisms 1929-1966 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Congleton, Methodist Chapel (New Connexion), Queen Street. Built in 1836, closed in 1969. Registers of baptisms 1898-1968 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Congleton, Methodist Chapel (Primitive), Biddulph Road. Built in 1840.
  • Congleton, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan), Rood Lane. Founded in 1861, rebuilt in 1886.
  • Congleton, Unitarian Chapel, Cross Street. Founded in 1687 by the Dane Bridge, moved to Cross Street in 1733. The present building was built in 1883 and closed in 1978. Records of baptisms 1936-74, marriages 1940-74 and burials 1934-77 are at the Cheshire Record Office.
  • Congleton, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational). Built in 1790 on Mill Street, rebuilt in 1876 on Antrobus Street. Registers 1785-1837 are at the Cheshire Record Office.

For churches and chapels in the areas added in 1936, see also Buglawton, Eaton (near Congleton), Hulme Walfield and Newbold Astbury.

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Civil Registration

  • Congleton (1837-1937)
  • Macclesfield (1937-74)
  • Congleton & Crewe (1974-88)
  • South Cheshire (1988-98)
  • Cheshire East (1998-2007)
  • Cheshire (2007-09)
  • Cheshire East (2009+)

Court Records

  • Northwich (1828-36)
  • Congleton (Borough) (1836-1967)
  • South East Cheshire (1967-74)
  • Congleton (1974-92)
  • South Cheshire (1992+)

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Transcription for Congleton from Samuel Lewis - A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831)



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Politics and Government

  • Congleton Municipal Borough (1835-1974)
  • Congleton Urban Sanitary District (1875-94).

Voting Registers

  • South Cheshire (1832-67)
  • Mid Cheshire (1868-85)
  • Macclesfield (1918-71)
  • Congleton (1971-74)